Physical Vascular Therapy is used in a diversity of fields today. The improvement of microcirculation, i.e. blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, benefits your health, your immune system and your overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways. Based on years of experience, BEMER has continued developing Physical Vascular Therapy – making some ground-breaking findings on the biorhythm of local and higher level regulatory processes. An effective stimulation of microcirculation supports the body’s most important control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes, and can also be used for numerous treatments and indications.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Among patients with diabetic polyneuropathy (a disorder of the peripheral nerves that can give rise to pain, pins-and-needles sensations, burning or numbness in the arms and legs), a course of BEMER therapy lasting several weeks was successful in significantly improving the function of the subcutaneous microcirculation and the immune system.
Another study demonstrated that, where diabetes patients receiving conservative, outpatient treatment had undergone a 27-day course of BEMER therapy on their sores, these became significantly smaller than on diabetes patients in the control group. It was therefore possible to significantly improve the impaired healing of sores.
Viewed in a holistic therapeutic concept, this makes BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy an absolutely essential complementary treatment in the therapy of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus and the prevention of metabolic syndrome, especially in these modern times dominated by stress and lack of exercise.
Diabetes mellitus has since become such a widespread disease that some have termed it the "epidemic of the century". Looking at some figures, it quickly becomes apparent that this name is not entirely undeserved. According to the OECD, diabetes prevalence (i.e. the frequency of diabetes occurrence) in 2010 averaged 6.5 percent (5.3 percent in the Netherlands, 6.7 percent in France, 8.9 percent in Germany and as much as 10.3 percent in the USA). According to information from the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation), it is to be expected that this number in Germany will rise to at least 13 percent by 2030. Considering the prevalence of the disease in respect of age, we see that it grows with increased age. It was shown for example by the results of the DEGS study that among 40 to 49-year-olds, 2 percent of men and 4.5 percent of women suffer from diabetes. In the 70 to 79 age group, the proportion is already around 22 percent. As a result of this high number of sufferers, the cost burden on the healthcare system is naturally enormous. The results of the CoDiM study, for example, have shown that the direct costs of diabetes in Germany are already in excess of 30 billion euros each year. Diabetes mellitus (meaning "honey-sweet flow") or type 2 diabetes is colloquially referred to simply as diabetes. This metabolic disorder is part of what is known as the "metabolic syndrome", the main culprit in the development of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and coronary heart disease (a disorder of the coronary vessels). In addition to diabetes, the following factors are part of this syndrome: Abdominal obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension) and abnormal blood fat levels (dyslipidemia). The prevalence of this syndrome among adults in Germany is around 20 percent among women and 25 percent among men. Although a wide variety of factors play a role in its development, the combination of excessive calorie consumption, poor diet and lack of exercise are among the main causes. This is why the risk factors for diabetes are considered to be too many meals, obesity, android fat distribution (fat distribution mostly around the trunk, also referred to as an "apple shape" and mainly observed in men), age and, indeed, lack of exercise.
Increased intake of calories frequently results in elevated blood sugar levels, which causes the pancreas to try and generate more insulin. The pancreas is an organ that weighs 70–100g and merges with the bile duct below the gastric outlet to enter the C-shaped duodenum. To perform its key function of digesting carbohydrates, fats and proteins, it contains two fundamentally different cell structures. Firstly, the exocrine glands (exocrine meaning "dispensing outwards" – in this case to the digestive tract), which produce an alkaline digestive secretion that contains among other things key enzymes for the digestion of fats and proteins. Secondly, the endocrine glands (endocrine meaning "dispensing inwards" – in this case to the blood), consisting of beta cells arranged like an island (hence the name "insulin") which normally produce around 2 milligrams of insulin a day. This hormone is normally responsible for transporting sugar, amino acids and fats to the body's cells and is therefore also often referred to as a "storage hormone". After years or decades, however, the pancreas becomes exhausted from this high level of production, and the blood sugar level rises. Although this as yet insulin-independent diabetes could still be treated with a proper diet and exercise, the result for many patients is that they have to inject insulin.
Around 90 percent of diabetes patients have type 2 diabetes. These patients have usually had the disease for several years before it is even diagnosed, as it is often – especially at the beginning – associated with non-specific symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, impaired vision and propensity for infection (including frequent bladder infections). Weight loss is rare, and increased thirst and the need to urinate are only observed where blood sugar levels are extremely high. This is why such a diagnosis is frequently made by chance.
One of the other types is type 1 diabetes mellitus. Here, the pancreas either generates too little insulin or none at all. The causes of this type of disorder are not yet fully known. Causes are believed to be genetic factors, autoimmune reactions, environmental burdens or viral infections. A defining aspect of type 1 diabetes is pronounced weight loss over a few weeks. Further symptoms are dehydration, a constant thirst, frequent urination, vomiting, and occasionally calf cramps and abdominal pains. More general symptoms such as tiredness, lack of energy, impaired vision, lack of concentration and headaches are also possible.
The prognosis for diabetes patients is therefore clearly dependent on these consequential disorders. Patients who make appropriate lifestyle changes in accordance with relevant recommendations (diet plus exercise as a base therapy) can reduce the likelihood of suffering from such consequential disorders considerably, thereby improving their prognosis substantially. The ultimate goal of diabetics is to achieve a reduction in blood sugar and HbA1c values. Put simply, the HbA1c value provides information about the sugar levels of the cells and cell membranes. High blood sugar levels will result in high HbA1c values and therefore give rise to a high probability of suffering from consequential disorders. If the base therapy does not have the desired success, namely achieving the prescribed target HbA1c value, pharmaceutical therapy is provided by means of orally administered anti-diabetic drugs. If this therapy is not successful, the final resort is treatment using insulin.
A large number of healthcare-related problems, including Arthritis, are not caused by the general failure of the organism's control systems. In fact, the opposite holds true. The control systems continue to work – they just work in the wrong place, at the wrong time or with dysfunctional biorhythms. For this reason, the aim of any therapeutic procedure must be to stimulate the body's own regulatory mechanisms in such a way that the dysfunction at hand can be brought under control by the organism itself using the natural mechanisms in place.
The new and modern BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides a way of stimulating key regulatory microcirculatory mechanisms by complex means in the event of dysfunction or disease. Very recent findings – related to the regulation of tissue blood supply and the overarching nervous and humoral regulation – have presented a promising method of using biorhythmically defined simulative signals to generate a therapeutic physical stimulation of restricted or dysfunctional blood flow through organs.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a complementary treatment that provides critical underlying support for healing processes in the treatment of degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It assists in restoring an adequate supply to the relevant tissue cells, thereby helping to relieve pain caused by Arthritis. Targeted treatment of individual areas, however, must be achieved by means of simultaneous physiotherapeutic or pharmaceutical measures, although such measures would be much less successful or even entirely unsuccessful on their own.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a modern therapy which improves the restricted blood flow through microvessels, thereby assisting the body's own regenerative and self-healing processes. In doing so, this scientifically proven and effective procedure supports the supply and waste disposal processes in tissue and organ cells. Electromagnetic fields are used to transmit special stimulation signals into the body. However, these are only directed at the autorhythmic motions of the smallest microvessel, and must not be confused with the scientifically unproven magnetic field therapies. Light therapy panels with non-specific effects should also not be confused with targeted laser therapy, even though both procedures use light as a physical medium.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a scientifically proven procedure that uses stimulation signals to speed up the inadequate movement of the smallest vessels, the capillaries, which in turn improves the supply and disposal of tissue and organ cells. The use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy has achieved documented successes in both the prevention of peripheral arterial disease and the treatment of the disease in its early stages by improving microcirculation. For example, the clinical effectiveness of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy as an effective complementary therapy option in peripheral arterial disease has been proven by way of a controlled study. This study demonstrated that patients with peripheral arterial disease were able to walk a much larger distance after BEMER therapy than patients who did not receive this therapy.
Macrocirculation encompasses the heart and the connected arteries. It is through these that the blood is pumped using the pressure generated in the heart, down to the smallest vessels, the capillaries. The capillaries and the sections just before and after them are in turn referred to as the microcirculation. It is also worth knowing that it is here that nutrients and oxygen are supplied and waste products are disposed off from the relevant tissue. This process is therefore responsible for supply and waste disposal (of by-products and toxins) from the cells. Constricted blood flow in turn means that optimum supply and disposal are no longer guaranteed, and disorders of the microcirculation (one of the causes of peripheral arterial disease) may arise. But how do these disorders develop? As the blood travels through the major vessels to the microcirculation, the pressure that the heart initially used to pump the blood forward continues to drop. As the blood is transported further, the pressure drops to such an extent that it no longer has any effect in the microcirculation. The layers of muscle surrounding all vessels – except the capillaries – now handle the transport. Whenever these muscles contract, they squeeze the vessels together, and the blood tries to take an alternate route. However, the blood cannot go back, because this route is blocked off by the pressure of the heart. As a result, the only way to move forwards is through the capillaries. The continuous rhythmic tensioning and relaxation of the muscles that surround the microcirculation vessels is referred to as vasomotion. To ensure that enough blood is always transported through the microcirculation in order to meet the needs of the cells at all times, these vasomotions must be repeated constantly. In a healthy person, there are between three and five vasomotions a minute, while it will be accordingly fewer in a sick person. With peripheral arterial disease, these vasomotions are so heavily restricted that the body's cells become "starved" and their function continues to deteriorate because they are inadequately supplied and waste products are inadequately disposed off. Action must therefore be taken to treat the dysfunctional microcirculation. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a highly promising treatment in this regard.
As with many diseases, the saying "prevention is better than cure" also applies to peripheral arterial disease. Many of the above mentioned risk factors can often be eliminated by maintaining a healthy and sensible lifestyle. If a sufferer believes that they are experiencing the first signs of peripheral arterial disease, they should definitely seek medical advice so that their doctor can initiate any necessary treatment. If the peripheral arterial disease is still in its early stages, it is frequently enough to reduce the risk factors to prevent the progression of the disease. Special therapies can also support the blood flow in certain groups of muscles, and the doctor may prescribe medicines. In later stages of peripheral arterial disease, it is possible that, where other measures fail or cannot be used, amputation becomes necessary as a result of PAD that was not treated in time or can no longer be treated. This is why it is so important to prevent peripheral arterial disease ahead of time or use appropriate therapies to provide effective support where the disease is already diagnosed. The treatment of disorders of the "microcirculation" have proven to be effective and promising in this regard.
There are various causes of peripheral arterial disease. The disease is often the result of arteriosclerosis. Diabetes mellitus can also be a cause, as can interior vascular wall damage, for example as a result of high blood pressure (arterial hypertension) and elevated blood fat levels. The cause may also lie in an improperly working metabolism in the cells, triggered by poor microcirculation in the affected tissue areas. Other risk factors include lack of exercise, gender (for example, men are more frequently affected by peripheral arterial disease than women), age (it is believed that around 20 percent of the older population suffer from peripheral arterial disease), and also obesity, poor diet, and smoking. It is also possible, albeit relatively rare, for genetic predisposition to be a cause. A startling fact – it is estimated that around half of patients die within ten years of being diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease, and that alone in Germany, there are around 30,000 PAD-related amputations. Even more startling is that an estimated 75 percent of all sufferers of peripheral arterial disease later die of a heart attack or stroke.
The dangerous thing about peripheral arterial disease is that is remains innocuously free of symptoms for a long time, meaning that the first symptoms of the disease are often not taken seriously. Only when there is pain while walking or even while resting will a patient usually go to see their doctor. The progression of the pain can be broken down into four stages of peripheral arterial disease. A commonly used system is the Fontaine system, named after French physician René Fontaine: Stage I: There are as yet no symptoms, any pain is often seen as random. Stage IIa: It is still possible to walk more than 200 meters without pain. Stage IIb: It is not possible to walk more than 200 meters without pain. Stage III: Pain occurs even when resting and lying down. Stage IV: Massive tissue damage with ulcers and gangrene.
>A trip out shopping is certainly a welcome diversion for many people. Many an interesting shop window invites visitors to stay a while and come and see with its exhibits. But the exhibits are not always the reason for a passer-by stopping in front of a shop window. It is also possible that they are suffering from peripheral arterial disease, and it is for this reason that this disease is often referred to in Germany as the Schaufensterkrankheit – the window shopper's disease. The more precise medical term for this disease is "peripheral artery occlusive disease" or PAOD, but it's possible that there has never been a more appropriate layman's term than for peripheral arterial disease. Why? PAD is a disorder of the arterial blood flow in the extremities (mainly the legs), whereby deposits in the walls of the arteries are constricted. This impedes blood flow, although in the early stages of peripheral arterial disease, this often does not cause any symptoms while resting. If, however, the person engages in physical activity such as walking or running, the oxygen required by the musculature rises, and the inadequate blood flow causes the muscles to not receive enough oxygen. This in turn manifests itself in the form of intense pain in the legs, especially in the calves and thighs. This pain only recedes while resting, and as a result, sufferers of peripheral arterial disease often have to stop every few yards. As this is embarrassing for some sufferers, they attempt to make the frequent stops look like window shopping by constantly stopping in front of shops.
A disease is a dysfunction of an organ, the mind, or the entire organism. Sadly, a great many people are affected by such a disease. Thankfully, medicine has advanced so far today that many diseases, as bad as they are, do not need to end fatally. However, this offers little comfort to those people who can live with their disease, but for whom the symptoms of this disease go hand-in-hand with more or less chronic pain. Polyneuropathy is one of these diseases – a disorder of the nervous system which around three percent of Germans suffer from. Older people in particular are affected by polyneuropathy. It is estimated that around eight percent of people over the age of 65 suffer from polyneuropathy. And almost forty percent of all diabetics are affected by this disease, among them younger people. In this group, polyneuropathy is either inherited or is often caused by alcohol abuse or consumption of drugs, for example. On the whole, however, men and women suffer in equal measures from polyneuropathy. What symptoms are associated with polyneuropathy? The disease often begins with unpleasant sensory disorders in the toes, with the hands suffering later. The areas of the body affected may begin to suddenly tingle, which is unpleasant and annoying. The affected parts of the body are often numb or have a painful burning sensation. In addition to a stronger sense of pain, polyneuropathy also creates a dysfunctional perception of touch or temperature. Ultimately, polyneuropathy impairs the quality of life of sufferers massively. If autonomic nerves are affected by the polyneuropathy, symptoms such as dysfunction of the blood pressure control and cardiac arrhythmia may arise. Although polyneuropathy can only be fully overcome if the underlying disease triggering it is cured (which is often very difficult), there are ways and methods of improving the prognosis of or even entirely eliminating the symptoms of polyneuropathy. We will address this later, but let's first examine the disease in its own right.
Polyneuropathy is a disease of the peripheral nervous system that causes muscle weakness and sensory dysfunction. To help understand it, let's first consider the human nervous system (in an incomplete and simplified form): The nervous system is part of the human organism that is responsible for sensory perception, sensory processing and reaction control. Together with the brain and spinal cord, they form the central nervous system (CNS). The entire rest of the nervous tissue is referred to as the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system allows us to perceive things via the sensory organs. It is also the basis for all higher functions, among them consciousness, sense, thought and learning. The spinal cord in turn is a thick corn running down the spinal column, serving as the center for [http://www.wissen.de/lexikon/reflex-physiologie](reflexes that are performed without the involvement of the brain). It contains many nerve cells and nerve fibers that link the brain and the periphery. The purpose of the nerve cell – the smallest building block of the nervous system – is to record, forward and transmit sensory information. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) encompasses all nerves that run through the body like a network. The nerves convey information between the spinal cord or brain and the rest of the body. Like fine branches from a tree, the nervous fibers of the peripheral nervous system branch out from the spinal cord and connect to the "executive" organs like the musculature, the skin, or the internal organs. There is then an exchange of information using the control signals transmitted from the brain and the information forwarded via the brain. The nervous system is itself categorized by function into the somatic (voluntary) nervous system and the vegetative (autonomic or involuntary) nervous system. While the voluntary nervous system controls all processes subjugated to the consciousness and will (e.g. muscle movements), the vegetative nervous system is largely out of our directly voluntary control. It controls vital functions such as our heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure, digestion and metabolism. So what is polyneuropathy? The ability that a healthy person has to feel requires numerous sensors in the skin that specialize in different areas, among them touch, hot and cold perception, pain, and the forwarding of relevant information through the nervous system. In this connection, individual forms of polyneuropathy are disorders of the peripheral nervous system. Polyneuropathy is frequently a reaction of the peripheral nervous system to a disease or damage of the organism as a whole. These diseases can be triggered by a wide range of factors. Among these are: - Vascular diseases, - Disorders of the immune system, - Diabetes mellitus, - Rheumatic diseases, - Kidney diseases, - Tumors, - Consequences of poisoning, - Many years of exposure to chemicals at the workplace, - Side effects of medication, - Poor diet, - consumption of drugs and alcoholism.
Many diseases and malaises are caused by restricted microcirculation. The microcirculation is responsible for supplying the tissue and organs with oxygen and nutrients, disposing of metabolic waste products, and strengthening the immune system by ensuring the flow of blood through the microvessels. However, the performance of our microcirculation declines with age. While this decline is a natural process, it can be compounded by certain diseases or factors, among them an unhealthy or unbalanced diet, heavy smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and use of drugs. Frequent consequences include a weakening of the immune system, higher susceptibility to infection, faster cell aging, reduced performance, malaise, impaired recovery from disease, and chronic disorders. However, the use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can also reactivate the impaired microcirculation. This means ensuring that the tissue cells are well supplied and are capable of disposing of waste substances by way of improving the circulation of blood. Good blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process massively. At the core of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation. It supports the body's key control mechanisms for prevention, healing, recovery and regeneration processes. A range of scientific studies has proven that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can contribute to providing relief for a variety of diseases and is able to contribute to the improvement of prognoses. Among these diseases are: - polyneuropathy, - arterial and venous circulatory disorders, - arthrosis, - diabetes. The fact that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can also be used as a complementary treatment for - back pain, - sleep disorders, - stress management, - increasing physical and mental performance, - fighting infections, - activating the body's own self-healing processes, - accelerating the healing of wounds and injuries and - strengthening the immune system is almost certainly more than a useful side effect for polyneuropathy sufferers. Effective prevention and care is even possible for burnout. However you look at it, it is important to know that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is considered to be the currently most studied and most effective physical treatment method in complementary and preventative medicine. Conclusion: Relief is not only possible for polyneuropathy symptoms; the therapy also improves quality of life in many other areas too.
For the first time, the new and innovative BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy creates the means to stimulate the key regulatory mechanisms of the body's microcirculation by complex means in the event of dysfunction or disease. Recent findings – related to the localized regulation of tissue blood supply and the overarching nervous and humoral regulation – have presented a promising method of using biorhythmically defined stimulative signals to generate a therapeutic physical stimulation of restricted or dysfunctional blood flow through organs.
By restoring an adequate supply of blood to the relevant tissue cells, the fundamental requirement for the healing process of degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal structure is met – thereby also establishing the conditions needed for the relief of rheumatic discomfort. Targeted treatment of individual areas in the case of rheumatism, however, must be achieved by means of simultaneous physiotherapeutic or pharmaceutical measures. However, these measures alone would only be of limited success or entirely unsuccessful.
Many healthcare-related problems, including rheumatism, are not caused by the general failure of the organism's control systems. In fact, the opposite holds true – the control systems continue to work, they just work in the wrong place, at the wrong time or with dysfunctional biorhythms. For this reason, the aim of any therapeutic procedure must be to stimulate the body's own regulatory mechanisms in such a way that the dysfunction at hand can be brought under control by the organism itself using the natural mechanisms in place.
Pharmaceutical products are ineffective in this case. There is no effective medicine for this type of disorder. And even if such a product did exist, the dysfunction of the microcirculatory distribution means that the product would only at the required location in insufficient quantities. It would then have to be administered in such high dosages that there would be severe side effects.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a scientifically proven and effective procedure that speeds up the movement of microvessels, which in turn improves the supply and disposal of tissue and organ cells and consequently their performance. Electromagnetic fields are used to transmit special stimulation signals into the body. However, these are only directed at the autorhythmic motions of the smallest microvessels, and must not be confused with the scientifically unproven magnetic field therapies. Light therapy panels used on rheumatism patients that have non-specific effects should also not be confused with targeted laser therapy, even though both procedures use light as a physical medium.