Treatments

APS decreases pain, inflammation and swelling in areas in which it is applied. At the same time it increases melatonin, leu-enkephalin, endorphins and adenosine levels in the body – this improves mobility, relieves pain, aids circulation and promotes relaxation. In acute trauma this device relieves bruising and oedema if used immediately and prevents organization of a haematoma.

Acupuncture is the practice by means of which very thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific sites. These sites, or points, as they are known, are situated on pathways in which energy, known as Qi, is propagated. These pathways are named the meridians or channels. It is interesting to note that most pain impulses travel along the same pathways as those of the traditional Qi circulation. There are special points that are not on the meridians that may be situated in or near an area or joint that is painful, or that have specific general effects on the body when needled.

Another aspect of needle insertion is the effect of the “needle injury” itself. The needle creates a micro-injury in the tissue and the body responds by an overwhelming reaction of the local defence or immune mechanism. The effect of this is to repair not only the micro-injury but also the surrounding area of injury or disease. The needle also initiates a potential action or electric charge in the peripheral (limb) or spinal segmental nerve (nerve level in the spine that supplies the limb) that it stimulates. This triggers a complex series of biochemical effects, such as an opiate (natural pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory release, as a result of the signals received in the whole nervous system (including the brain).

Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating the musculoskeletal system, as the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone lie under the skin along the meridians. When muscles are in spasm, inserting a needle into the tight musculature will release the spasm by initially “grabbing” the tight tissue and then relaxing it. A “twitch response” may be noted.

Needling the skin stimulates the nerve fibre afferents incoming to the nervous system among others. Certain pathways will specifically target the release of endorphins (polypeptides that reduce pain sensitivity), often creating instant pain relief. Other nerve fibres have different pathways to the spinal cord and brain and release different neurotransmitters (natural pain relievers). These neurotransmitters are enkephalin, dynorphin and serotonin, among others and which also induce relaxation, emotional release and relief.

Acupuncture is therefore highly effective in the treatment of pain, inflammation, improving immune activity, stress, release of emotions and it also induces relaxation.

APS decreases pain, inflammation and swelling in areas in which it is applied. At the same time it increases melatonin, leu-enkephalin, endorphins and adenosine levels in the body – this improves mobility, relieves pain, aids circulation and promotes relaxation. In acute trauma this device relieves bruising and oedema if used immediately and prevents organization of a haematoma.

Acupuncture is the practice by means of which very thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific sites. These sites, or points, as they are known, are situated on pathways in which energy, known as Qi, is propagated. These pathways are named the meridians or channels. It is interesting to note that most pain impulses travel along the same pathways as those of the traditional Qi circulation. There are special points that are not on the meridians that may be situated in or near an area or joint that is painful, or that have specific general effects on the body when needled.

Another aspect of needle insertion is the effect of the “needle injury” itself. The needle creates a micro-injury in the tissue and the body responds by an overwhelming reaction of the local defence or immune mechanism. The effect of this is to repair not only the micro-injury but also the surrounding area of injury or disease. The needle also initiates a potential action or electric charge in the peripheral (limb) or spinal segmental nerve (nerve level in the spine that supplies the limb) that it stimulates. This triggers a complex series of biochemical effects, such as an opiate (natural pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory release, as a result of the signals received in the whole nervous system (including the brain).

Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating the musculoskeletal system, as the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone lie under the skin along the meridians. When muscles are in spasm, inserting a needle into the tight musculature will release the spasm by initially “grabbing” the tight tissue and then relaxing it. A “twitch response” may be noted.

Needling the skin stimulates the nerve fibre afferents incoming to the nervous system among others. Certain pathways will specifically target the release of endorphins (polypeptides that reduce pain sensitivity), often creating instant pain relief. Other nerve fibres have different pathways to the spinal cord and brain and release different neurotransmitters (natural pain relievers). These neurotransmitters are enkephalin, dynorphin and serotonin, among others and which also induce relaxation, emotional release and relief.

Acupuncture is therefore highly effective in the treatment of pain, inflammation, improving immune activity, stress, release of emotions and it also induces relaxation.

Biofeedback improves muscle awareness and encourages greater muscular control and strength. Used in the rehabilitation of walking and muscular control of weakened muscle groups. Biofeedback is an interesting device that interacts with the user. Biofeedback also trains the mind to control certain body and mind functions: such as relaxation; temperature control; blood pressure; and muscle strengthening, among others.

This device passes a minimal current  through the brain, less than 1 Hz. This current is not harmful or damaging to the brain as the current. This treatment  increases endorphins and cortisol production for pain relief and improved mobility in degenerative disease and intractable pain states. It is also used for relaxation and stress and is particularly helpful in the treatment of infertility. Often pain is exacerbated by stress and this device is used to calm the patient and other treatment can then be initiated without disturbing the patient eg in children with pain.

Faradic Currents

Muscle stimulating currents improve awareness and strength in individual muscles that are weakened due to pain (and therefore disuse and lack of co-ordination occurs) and as a result this improves mobility. It is applied in: disuse atrophy (may even be used in the elderly to improve frailty and co-ordination); increases and maintains range of motion; muscle re-education and facilitation. Faradic currents may also assist in some patients with complex regional pain syndromes where it is painful to activate the muscles and by strengthening these muscles it improves range of motion. It is however advisable to treat pain first in some patients.

Laser

Lasers are used for tissue-healing and pain control. One of the benefits of this treatment is that it is subliminal. It has no sensation and treatment is of a relatively short duration. Soft laser light is used for injuries, scars, wounds, muscle spasm and highly sensitized skin areas (hyperaesthesia). Often patients that cannot tolerate any form of touching the site of the pain respond to laser light. Laser is also beneficial for arthritis and is often applied over an inflammatory joint such as the knee, ankle or a superficial joint region.

Panag

PANAG is a Multitherapy treatment for chronic pain and degenerative disease as in rheumatoid arthritis, other forms of arthritis, autoimmune disorders such as lupus and AIDs and may even reduce the size of tumors. It is also used for infertility and gynaecological problems such as endometriosis.. It was developed to modulate the immune system. Through this reactivation, the immune system will be able to fight more efficiently any pathogens or weaknesses. The unit uses tried and tested scientific methods to treat disease. It transmits electrical pulses similar to those generated naturally by the human body.

Stimpod

The most innovative treatment in the relief of pain. A pulsed radio frequency current that modulates aberant nerve activity by passing a magnetic field along the nerve supply, both central and peripheral. It assists both chronic pain and neuropathic pain conditions. Often only three treatments will permanently improve nerve conduction. It is used for migraines, neuralgias from any etiology including diabetes, polyneuropathy and even post chemotherapy, degenerative nerve conditions as in cervical, thoracic and lumbar nerve root compression as in a ‘pinched nerve’, post operative pain syndromes such as in post mastectomy and breast augmentations and herniorrophy among others. Stimpod also improves wound healing as post operative conditions or even after burns or superficial damage to the skin - this is due to the magnetic field that is known to affect wound healing.

Exercises include strengthening, stretching, postural correction, muscle balancing and re-education of walking and moving. Electrical stimulation (faradic current) is an essential aspect of improving strength and mobility in the spine and in the periphery. Mirrors are also an important method of helping the brain to improve mobility and patients are encouraged to hide the injured limb behind a mirror while looking at the image reflected in the mirror (actually the uninjured limb) as it makes the brain see the ‘injured limb’ as completely mobile. The brain is then confused into believing that the injured limb has the ability to move normally. This restores normal conduction of impulses to and from the brain to the periphery.

Muscle stimulating currents improve awareness and strength in individual muscles that are weakened due to pain (and therefore disuse and lack of co-ordination occurs) and as a result this improves mobility. It is applied in: disuse atrophy (may even be used in the elderly to improve frailty and co-ordination); increases and maintains range of motion; muscle re-education and facilitation. Faradic currents may also assist in some patients with complex regional pain syndromes where it is painful to activate the muscles and by strengthening these muscles it improves range of motion. It is however advisable to treat pain first in some patients.

Lasers are used for tissue-healing and pain control. One of the benefits of this treatment is that it is subliminal. It has no sensation and treatment is of a relatively short duration. Soft laser light is used for injuries, scars, wounds, muscle spasm and highly sensitized skin areas (hyperaesthesia). Often patients that cannot tolerate any form of touching the site of the pain respond to laser light. Laser is also beneficial for arthritis and is often applied over an inflammatory joint such as the knee, ankle or a superficial joint region.

Magnets improve circulation and mobility. Magnet therapy is a simple, inexpensive and effective treatment for pain and trauma and promotes the healing of fractures. Magnet therapy has a wide range of applications, because of its ability to influence the magnetic field in the body by its affect on the circulation. Often magnets applied to a specific area, eg: shoulder, will improve range of motion immediately if applied in the correct position. This helps pain and strength as it enables the limb to attain a better movement and strength will then develop as the limb is moved in the normal day to day activities. It is usually a regenerative holistic therapy, since our bodies are good conductors of magnetic energy.

PANAG is a Multitherapy treatment for chronic pain and degenerative disease as in rheumatoid arthritis, other forms of arthritis, autoimmune disorders such as lupus and AIDs and may even reduce the size of tumors. It is also used for infertility and gynaecological problems such as endometriosis.. It was developed to modulate the immune system. Through this reactivation, the immune system will be able to fight more efficiently any pathogens or weaknesses. The unit uses tried and tested scientific methods to treat disease. It transmits electrical pulses similar to those generated naturally by the human body.

Physiotherapy comprises of: 

Massage - General massage of regions of the body that are painful or stiff, including trigger points and deep transverse friction (rarely necessary).

Mobilisation - is the passive movement of joints (spinal or peripheral) by the therapist. It is the manual moving, stretching, lengthening and easing of all the tissues of the body.

Traction - Gentle stretching of the spinal regions of the neck or low back to relieve pain and nerve root compression in the spine. This may be performed manually by the therapist or on an electronic bed designed to stretch the body.

The most innovative treatment in the relief of pain. A pulsed radio frequency current that modulates aberant nerve activity by passing a magnetic field along the nerve supply, both central and peripheral. It assists both chronic pain and neuropathic pain conditions. Often only three treatments will permanently improve nerve conduction. It is used for migraines, neuralgias from any etiology including diabetes, polyneuropathy and even post chemotherapy, degenerative nerve conditions as in cervical, thoracic and lumbar nerve root compression as in a ‘pinched nerve’, post operative pain syndromes such as in post mastectomy and breast augmentations and herniorrophy among others. Stimpod also improves wound healing as post operative conditions or even after burns or superficial damage to the skin - this is due to the magnetic field that is known to affect wound healing.

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