Why was this book written? (by Phyllis Berger)
I wrote this book with the desire to address a lack of knowledge of electrical currents, particularly the action potential current. Knowledge of this current will assist the medical profession, and the man on the street, in the treatment of pain, inflammation and swelling, relieving lack of movement, easing the symptoms of certain diseases and the reduces the use of medication.
The medical profession and the public easily considers the application of electrotherapy for the treatment of pain. Yet they are unfamiliar with the concept of using an electrical current as a tool for the improvement of physical well-being.
The value of this book is in that it caters for the layman, creating an understanding of the potential available in using this current. It also assists patients wishing to use this type of device in their own treatment, after consultation with their own health professional.
Extract from the Forward of the book:
In this book, the author has applied her skills and vast clinical experience of physiotherapy and electromedicine to one form of peripheral stimulation analgesia, namely that of action potential simulation current. She has carefully dissected out its development, clinical applications, and the difference of its electrical waveform and electrical characteristics as compared to that of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulations (or TENS) and other currents. Its uses in the treatment of both acute (sports injuries, burns, bruises) and chronic painful conditions (osteoarthritis, spondylo-artropathies) are discussed.
The methodology of electrode placement, electrode types and the various electrical current modalities used is presented in detail. Treatment at sites distant to the pathology (general versus local therapy) is also discussed.
This book serves not only to probe open this fascinating area for further scientific exploration, but acts as a practical guideline to health care professionals wishing to make use of “action potential stimulation type currents” as an additional armamentarium in their practice.
Professor EA Shipton
MBCHB (UCT); DA (SA); FFA (SA); FRCA (HON); MMED: D MED
Comments from the Publishers
Phyllis Berger, of Johannesburg, South Africa, is one of a few physiotherapists with a strong inclination towards alternative medicine. She considers this different approach to treatment a “scientifically creative art”. For 18 years, Phyllis was a conventional therapist, then acupuncture took her attention and pain control therapy followed. For 12 years, Phyllis has focused on therapy which blocks pain in the brain by electrically stimulating the body’s chemicals.
“I enjoy treating patients with intractable conditions including chronic pain”, she explains. Unusual cases are a challenge, she adds. Lecturing internationally and having attended numerous international congresses, Phyllis has her finger on the pulse of healing, having learned a great deal about various ways of treating patients.
“I believe by learning more about the chemicals in the body, and especially in the brain, one could produce more chemicals electrically”, she continues. “In this way less medication, which often causes side effects, would be needed. The body would be stimulated to heal itself. It has a wonderful capacity to do this and if we allowed it to happen we would have a healthier society. By tapping into the body’s inherent knowledge, it will tell you what it needs”.
A patient’s state of mind is of the utmost importance to Phyllis. Believing in mixed treatments, her approach is holistic yet also scientific.
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