Effort-free Physical Conditioning™ Technology Shows Promise for Certain Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Attaining adequate fitness can be problematic for many people suffering from chronic pain.

One-half of the study participants also had fibromyalgia

In addition to physical discomfort, chronic pain affects all facets of a sufferer's life. It can interfere with social relationships, family life and other quality-of-life factors day in and day out. An emerging methodology, called the Cyclic Variations in Altitude Conditioning™ (CVAC™) process, might provide hope.

A pilot study published in the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Pain Research, August 2010, provided favorable results. "This paper represents an encouraging initial development for the company. The benefits reported in this study are consistent with some known benefits of exercise, which is potentially relevant for many people suffering from chronic pain, or are otherwise unable to attain adequate exercise," commented Allen Ruszkowski, President and CEO of CVAC Systems, Inc.

"This was a good initial study. The participants who had a rare painful adipose disorder were able to achieve significant relief from pain without drugs, and the CVAC process exposures were well-tolerated by most of the participants," said Karen L. Herbst, MD, PhD, the study's principal investigator. These data require confirmation via randomized, controlled trials, but the investigators feel that the CVAC process could potentially help those who suffer from Adiposis Dolorosa (also known as Dercum's disease), and other chronic pain disorders. "One-half of the study participants also had fibromyalgia," added Dr. Herbst.

In addition to the publishing of this study, a poster describing some of the study's results will be presented Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Frontiers of Clinical Investigation Symposium - Pain 2010: Bench to Bedside to be held in La Jolla, CA.

About the study

The study followed ten participants with Adiposis dolorosa (AD) who took 20-40 minutes of CVAC sessions each day for five days. Participant's current pain severity scores measured before and after the daily CVAC exposures indicated a significant decrease. Secondary observations include reduction in weight, and a significant improvement in mental scores.

About Adiposis dolorosa

AD is a rare, complicated disorder of painful nodular subcutaneous fat. The pain associated with AD is accompanied by fatigue, difficulty with weight loss, inflammation and an increase of fluid in fat tissue.

About the CVAC process and CVAC Systems, Inc.

The CVAC process applies rhythm-based changes to pressure, temperature and air. It works within the natural/breathable atmosphere. A unique system is required to deliver the CVAC process in timed exposures called CVAC sessions.

CVAC Systems, Inc., developer of the patent-pending CVAC process, is a privately held company headquartered in Temecula, CA. Currently the CVAC service is available solely for improving fitness, and is provided via the CVAC Wellness division. More information is available at http://www.cvacsystems.com.

© 2010. All rights reserved. CVAC, effort-free physical conditioning, and Cyclic Variations in Altitude Conditioning are trademarks of CVAC Systems, Inc.

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