GENERAL HEALTH

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy supports the natural reaction capability of the immune system and activates the body's self-healing powers by strengthening its regulation mechanisms. This enables a wide range of alleviating applications that enable vast improvements in therapy results in many indications. A constantly growing number of medical and therapy practices are successfully using BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy for the alleviation of a variety of conditions. For patients experiencing fatigue, insomnia, stress, tinnitus, and colds, it appears particularly important in many cases that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is able to improve the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, and supports the body with key regenerative processes during this rest phase. In just 16 minutes, you can improve your life today!

Fatigue

How Tiredness Can Spoil Your Day

Exhaustion is a widespread symptom. It seems that everyone gets those phases where they feel beaten down, weak, and tired. Especially in our modern high-performance society, defined in many ways by professional overload and frequent stress, phases of exhaustion are a recurring phenomenon. Where some people have worries in their private lives compounding this, they are likely to have many sleepless nights. Often, these phases of fatigue cannot be compensated for by rest or physical and mental equilibrium. It is possible to put an end to these phases of fatigue with changes to professional and private life (for example with adequate vacation leave, restful weekends, avoiding stressful situations in day-to-day family life etc.).

What Causes Fatigue Syndrome?

Medical research has unfortunately not reached any definitely conclusions about why fatigue develops. However, it is assumed there a multitude of factors playing a part, meaning that fatigue may have several causes. Examples in this case are underlying diseases such as cancer, metabolic disorders, anemia, heart diseases, lung diseases and multiple sclerosis (MS). With multiple sclerosis, the damaged nerves play a key role in causing fatigue. What is certain is that fatigue is a frequent co-symptom of chronic diseases. FS occurs particularly often during radiation therapy and chemotherapy in cancer patients. Supplementary medication can also contribute to fatigue. The frequency of fatigue syndrome resulting from cancer (it is estimated that around 75% of all cancer patients are affected by FS in the course of their therapy) means that in Germany, FS is often referred to in the medical community as being indicative of a cancer-related syndrome.

Symptoms of Fatigue Syndrome

Fatigue is unmistakably different from normal tiredness, which everyone gets from time to time. With fatigue, the arms and legs can feel like they weigh a ton, and it is often not possible to concentrate mentally. The persistent tiredness means that patients are often unable to bring themselves to do anything, and some patients report that even brushing their teeth is difficult. In addition to the exhaustion, tiredness and poor sleep, it is possible that sufferers may experience headaches, a sore throat and muscle pains. Ultimately, fatigue patients are hardly able to deal with everyday life, are easily irritable, and find it difficult to concentrate. In addition to the exhaustion and tiredness, patients often also have problems with concentrating, memory and sleep. The FS-related tiredness and the profound exhaustion manifest themselves at a physical and at a cognitive (mental) level. Physical FS manifests itself via symptoms such as an increased need for sleep, constant tiredness and limited physical performance. Cognitive FS affects attentiveness and memory. In many ways, fatigue syndrome also resembles depression, with typical aspects being a lack of motivation, lack of drive, sadness, and the desire to withdraw.

Distinguishing between Fatigue Syndrome (FS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Fatigue syndrome should not be confused with chronic fatigue syndrome. While FS frequently occurs as a co-symptom of chronic disorders, CFS is considered a disease in its own right. Unfortunately, the causes of CFS are also still relatively unknown in medical science. However, many researchers in the field of CFS assume that a weakening of the immune system plays a causal role. Much of the latest research positions CFS as a "neuroimmunological regulatory disorder", which means that the interaction between the immune system, nervous system, and hormonal system is out of balance. It is assumed that this causes the immune system to be permanently active, the result of which is a state of exhaustion, muscular and joint pain, body temperature disorders and more. What is known are the typical symptoms of CFS; among them: - Exhaustion,
 - Tiredness, - Impaired sleep, - Reduced short-term memory,
 - Difficulty concentrating,
 - Headaches, - Sore throat,
 - Muscle pains, - Joint pains,
 - Mood swings,
 - Depression. However, as the symptoms of FS and CFS are often similar, only a doctor can tell the difference between the two.

What to do about Fatigue Syndrome (FS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Unfortunately, there is no "pill" that can treat fatigue syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome. Given that fatigue syndrome, as initially explained, is likely to be a result of another disease or a co-symptom of a chronic disorder, FS can only be fully treated if the underlying diseases causing it is also treated. However, as this is this often only possible to a limited extent or even not at all, the symptoms must be reduced by means of therapy or possibly medication, even though the patient may not be happy with this or the treatment may be very drawn out. The same applies to therapy and pharmaceutical treatments of chronic fatigue syndrome in the short term. This is why it is important for FS and CFS patients to independently undertake supporting measures to prevent exhaustion, tiredness and sleep disorders. And this is where BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy plays an important role.

How does BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy work?

The core of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation, supporting the body's key control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy stimulates both the local and the overarching regulation of blood flow through the organs simultaneously. The new special and worldwide unique signal configurations for both wake and sleep phases are even more effective and last longer. As a result of the positive effect of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy on health and the significant improvements in sleep cycles, the patient's general sense of well-being and performance will improve, as will quality of life as a result. This is also a reason why BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is not only used by many medical and therapy practices, but also by private persons suffering fatigue.

Insomnia

Bemer and Insomnia

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy uses a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation, supporting the body's key control mechanisms for prevention, healing, recovery and regeneration processes. This treatment assists the function of the white blood cells, enabling them to be quickly activated against foreign threats to health. This can be used as a basis to enable the immune system to protect the body better and more effectively against infections and damaging environmental influences. Today, our health-related quality of life can be measured using validated and internationally available measuring instruments. One of these measuring instruments, the SF-36, has 36 questions and comprises eight domains that are scored using scales. These eight domains are vitality, physical functioning, bodily pain, general health perceptions, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning, and mental health. There is also a shorter version with just twelve questions, known as SF-12, which was used in a large-scale customer survey for BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy. It has also been demonstrated that the use of BEMER therapy enables significant improvements in sleep values to be achieved. The Jenkins scale was used for this study. The assessment of the studies revealed that over 60 percent of all users experienced significant improvements in their quality of life (p < 0.001) ‒ after just six weeks of BEMER therapy. Two thirds of users also reported that they were able to sleep better. Especially for rehabilitation patients and people are who older or are more susceptible to infection, the regulation and regeneration processes supported by BEMER technology play an important role during the sleep phase. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy generally increases the effectiveness of treatment, reduces susceptibility to infection, stimulates regenerative processes, and reduces the body's acidity. The pumping actions of the microvessels are slowed by insomnia, natural aging, unhealthy lifestyles, heavy stress, and an unbalanced diet. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy counteracts this process within a natural context, using electromagnetically transmitted signals to stimulate the pumping action of the smallest blood vessels, thereby improving blood flow.

Insomnia

It is an essential part of life – but millions around the world are unable to sleep. They spend hours tossing and turning in their beds, and once they've finally fallen asleep, they wake up again after a short while. This constant lack of sleep not only impairs our sense of well-being, but also our health. Those encumbered with worry and stress who often suffer from insomnia spend a lot of time in bed in evening brooding about it. Only after a long time do they manage to nod off, to wake up again in the early morning – hours before the alarm goes off. Everyone experiences these phases – a relationship isn't going well, the work is overwhelming, and financial burdens impose a heavy toll. The reasons vary, but the consequences are always the same – sleep that is not peaceful and not long enough. Normally, however, these phases are gone within four weeks at the most. Sometimes though, insomnia feeds itself. Here the worry isn't about specific life problems, but rather about falling asleep, which causes a vicious circle. Problems with sleeping make us uneasy and prevent us from getting our nocturnal rest. Poor sleep makes us unfocused and exhausted during the day.

In western countries, up to 20 percent of the population suffer from poor sleep

Specialists believe that insomnia is a result of poor behavior and the incorrect handling of stress. Poor habits and unprocessed stress cause the mind and body to literally forget how to sleep. Older people and women suffer more often from chronic insomnia than younger people and men. Sleep declines in quality from the age of 40, which is why old people exhibit this problem particularly frequently. In women, hormonal fluctuations have a negative impact on sleep. There is hardly a person out there who can close their eyes and just fall asleep on the spot. Laying awake for half an hour before we doze off is nothing unusual. And shallow sleep is also normal. During the night, we alternate between phases of deep sleep and phases where we are only mildly slumbering. People whose have sensitive sleep patterns often have the feeling that they were awake – even though they were actually sleeping.

Insomnia – Sleeplessness during the Night, Despair during the Day

Specialists only refer to insomnia if two criteria are met: Sleep has been poor at least three times a week for over a month. During the day, these people can no longer perform well and often suffer from the lack of sleep – they feel exhausted, like they had been hit by a bus in the morning. This is why insomniacs are often irritable and find it hard to concentrate during the day. In some cases, they are even worried about the coming night.

Diagnosis: Insomnia

When consulting a doctor, mental and physical causes for insomnia are first excluded. There is a variety of diseases that can impair sleep. Mental problems can also prevent sleep, among them angst disorders and depression. In the medical practice, patients are asked about how long they have had trouble sleeping and about possible events that may have triggered the insomnia. Do you wake up often? Do you have pain? Do your legs twitch? These and other questions help the doctor to better understand the situation. It may be useful to use a sleep diary to establish which events during the day cause sleeplessness at night.

Using Sleep Studies for Insomnia

Sleep studies measure what the body does at night, how long and how deep sleep is, how often we wake up at night, and whether breathing is regular. A sleep study can also determine whether physical causes are behind the poor sleep, among them sleep apnea.

Primary and Secondary Insomnia

With primary insomnia, it is not possible to medically attribute any mental or organic diseases as the cause. Secondary insomnia is usually the result of a recognized pre-existing condition and is diagnosed as such. It is believed that in primary insomnia, a neurological disorder impairs the sleep/wake rhythm. Sufferers usually experience these disorders from childhood onwards and continue to do so for years. Insomnia causes strain on the bodies of sufferers, which in turn frequently reduces their ability to perform while awake. Secondary insomnia has a medically attributable cause. Among these are neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, brain trauma, epilepsy or brain tumors. Chronic pain and shift work can also cause insomnia.

Treatment of Insomnia

There are many treatments for insomnia, but these rarely achieve effective results. The BEMER sleep program can improve falling and staying asleep, thereby supporting the body in essential self-healing and regenerative processes. Recent research has shown that at night, the organism distributes blood differently. This provides support for immunological processes during the nocturnal resting phase, which is of great importance to a healthy organism.

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Stress

Do you feel annoyed and overwhelmed by the smallest of events? Maybe even unmotivated, drained, and tired? Are you constantly in a bad mood and are unhappy with your professional and/or private life? Do you find it hard to switch off? If so, it's probable that you're in a vicious circle of stress. But you're not alone. Recent studies have shown that almost six out of ten Germans consider their lives to be stressful. Excessive strains at work, the constant pressure of deadlines, family stress, financial worries – all these factors can cause you to feel constantly tired and exhausted. The ability to be reached at all times thanks to modern communication technologies and sensory overload from the media also have a negative impact on this. It is estimated that one in six days of corporate absenteeism is caused by stress and work pressure. Therefore, all things considered, this is reason enough to take a closer look at the topic of stress.

Stress and Stressors

Stress symptoms were first scientifically proven by U.S. physiologist Walter B. Cannon in 1915 – who referred to them under the term "fight or flight". His work was based on his interest in the underlying reasons for the frequent occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers from the First World War. He described "fight or flight" as a reaction to the way living beings suddenly adapt physically and mentally to dangerous situations. During this reaction, the brain quickly releases adrenalin, which increases the heart rate and rate of breathing, which provides the body with a reserve of energy. This energy reserve provides the drive needed to act in the interest of survival in a way that is appropriate to the stress situation – fight or flight. These situations are also referred to as "stressors", any internal or external demand that the organism has to overcome and adapt to. These processes are handled by the vegetative (autonomous) nervous system and are not controlled by our will or mind. This becomes apparent when we realize that stress is a defense mechanism that has been established for millions of years. In the event of danger, the body mobilizes energy reserves within seconds to enable the muscles to be at immediate readiness. This was important for prehistoric man to enable them to be ready for a fight or flight reaction in the blink of an eye. If, for example, a person in the Stone Age had to think and decide whether to fight or run every time they met a predator, man would have been unlikely to last very long at all. However, when under prolonged stress, additional hormones (cortisol, for example) which stimulate the metabolism are produced by the adrenal cortex. This is due to the fact that adrenalin is effective immediately, but only briefly. The result of this is that sustained stress can cause the organism to be damaged or even collapse. If we do not give our body respite by changing or moving away from the stress situation, then these stress hormones are not broken down, and the body remains under tension.

Negative and Positive Stress

Yet the title of "father of stress" is not given to Walter B. Cannon, but to Austrian-Canadian medical specialist Dr. Hans Selye (1907–1982), who defined the term "stress" in 1936. In the following decades, he published more than 1,700 essays and 39 books on the topic of stress. Many theories of modern stress research can be attributed to his publications. His stress theory defines the biological underpinnings of stress and the related mechanisms of the human body. In the course of his research, Hans Selye named three phases of stress: the alarm phase, the resistance phase, and the exhaustion phase. He came to the conclusion that stress has an impact that starts in the blood, goes via the brain and affects the muscles, metabolism and hormones. Selye differentiated between negative stress ("distress") and positive stress ("eustress"), which are factors that are still valid today. "Dis" is a Greek prefix, representing "bad". This means that distress is a stress with negative physical, mental and psychological effects for the patient, caused by external pressure but also time pressure and pressure to perform imposed by one's self. "Eu" is also a Greek prefix, representing "good", "right" or "light". This shows how stress can certainly be a positive experience, when we enjoy doing something, but it becomes negative when tied to an unwanted burden. This gives rise to the conclusion that the way stress helps or hinders our state of health is generally dependent on how we assess stress factors ourselves. For example, preparations for a wedding are certainly seen as being positive stress, even though this stress is generally linked to excitement and strain. Likewise with people who engage in extreme sports who do so with passion and enthusiasm. Conversely, there are strains that are seen to be unpleasant and suffer under what is seen to be compulsion, and these are defined as negative stress that has a physical and mental impact. Therefore, as previously mentioned, the fact of whether stress has a positive or negative impact on the organism is dependent on whether we assess the stress factors as positive or negative, whether we feel capable of tackling the situation, and whether we have entered into this stress situation voluntarily. A reasonable amount of stress certainly helps to improve performance (in exams, for example), but long-term stress impairs our concentration, our attention, our ability to learn, and our memory. But prolonged stress can have fatal consequences, because the hormones secreted in stress situations are secreted too often. The body adapts to this, and one stress symptom after another develops. The healthy limit is then ultimately exceeded at some point. Stress hormones like cortisol weaken the immune response – exhaustion is possible, as is depression. Not knowing your stress limits is dangerous, and the following symptoms must be taken seriously.

Typical Stress Symptoms

Note: The symptoms listed below may be the result of prolonged exposure to stress, but they can also be attributed to other causes. It is therefore advisable to see medical advice should any of these symptoms occur. This list of symptoms is also not exhaustive. Typical physical symptoms: - Stomach and intestinal problems, for example diarrhea and constipation,
 - Heart and circulatory problems,
 - High blood pressure, - Headaches, migraines,
 - Loss of appetite, - Overeating,
 - Tiredness, sleep loss,
 - Difficulties concentrating, mental blocks, forgetfulness, - Immunodeficiency,
 - Susceptibility to allergies,
 - Frequent colds, - Muscular tension,
 - Sexual problems,
 etc.

 Typical mental symptoms:
 - Nervousness, - Listlessness, feeling of being downtrodden, - Irritability, - Difficulty concentrating, - Forgetfulness, - Tenseness,
 - Inner turmoil,
 - Restlessness, - Dizziness, - Feeling of being overwhelmed,
 - Risk of excessive alcohol consumption, - Risk of drug use
 etc.

What to do about negative stress?

Sadly, there is no universal medicinal panacea that can be used to counteract stress. However, patients do have at their disposal a range of seminars, workshops and self-help groups that can help them with stress management. But there is also much you can do yourself to help reduce or even eliminate stressful situations. Actively managing stress prevents you from being overwhelmed by it. Active stress management means concentrating on your actual goals and clearing things that don't do you any good out of the way. It can also be helpful to set up a daily schedule in which tasks are assigned to a day. At work, this means arranging tasks according to importance, and if possible, maybe even delegating them. Less important matters can be postponed or even ignored. Sometimes it's useful just to take a walk, have a day off, enjoy a relaxing weekend or a short vacation to recover your strength and escape from normal life. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can also be useful, and this will be addressed later. In family life, it is advisable to work together to examine stress factors and be aware of these factors. All too often, the partner who is not in employment is exposed to stressful situations and feels overwhelmed. Conclusion: If possible, the question of what to do about stress should not be answered alone. But if symptoms of stress do appear that are indicative of sickness, among them heart or circulatory problems or high blood pressure, medical advice should urgently be sought. But a range of other stress reactions, among them sleep disorders, susceptibility to infections, and the activation of physical and mental energy reserves can – either independently or on the basis of medical advice – be counteracted to promising effect with the aforementioned BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy.

Colds

Cold and wet weather: The next cold is coming!

Cough, runny nose, hoarseness: Especially during autumn and winter a cold often seems to be inevitable. The often cold and wet weather in these seasons is predestined for making the body more vulnerable to attacks on the immune system by infection, which favors a cold. The cold, wet season is pure stress for the human organism; clammy Weather weakens the body and its defenses. By frequent stays in heated rooms with dry air during these seasons, the mucous membranes are often not sufficiently moistened and therefore pathogens can be repelled less effectively. As a result, viruses and bacteria can enter the body more easily than in "healthy" Weather. While the name of illness "Cold" signales low temperatures, this alone is almost never the cause for it. According to studies, it is said that the cold may indeed favor a cold, however, the actual trigger of a cold is an infection with viruses. But at low temperatures, the body concentrates the blood in its center to lose as little heat as possible. The result is that blood circulation, in particular of the hands, feet and the nasal mucosa, is throttled. A lower blood flow of the nasal mucosa, in turn, causes the presence of fewer immune cells and antibodies in this region. Thus, it is easier for invading viruses (and bacteria) to establish themselves there and multiply. However, colds are not limited to autumn and winter, even though they occur frequently during just these months. Also in other seasons one is apparently not guarded from a cold. It is not surprising, then, that the common cold is the most common infection of all in people. According to statistics, adults are affected by a cold approximately twice or thrice per year on average, and children, up to ten times per year. Although the course of a cold is very individual, the subsequently described course of the disease is typical: Often it all starts with a slight scratching or pain in the throat. Not long after that, hoarseness in, a runny nose follows, and one develops a cough.Headaches are not uncommon, and one often feels tired and exhausted. Fever is rare, an increase in body temperature is more likely. Mostly, the symptoms of a cold are overcome after one to two (albeit uncomfortable) weeks. A visit to the doctor is often not necessary, because if the immune system is in order the body usually deals with a common cold by itself. However, a weakened immune system makes one vulnerable. Unfortunately, the "ordeal" of a cold cannot be shorten with medication, but by strengthening the immune system, some colds can be avoided all together. This requires, for example, a balanced diet, adequate sleep and exercise, as well as promoting the circulation of the smallest blood vessels in the body. It is important to know of the risk that the common cold might be confused with the clinically more severe flu (influenza) by a layperson. The reason is that similar symptoms show in both cases. However, unlike a cold, the flu begins rather violently and suddenly, and symptoms such as headaches and joint pain, high fever, chills, and cough, usually present simultaneously. Should such signs appear, it is important that a physician be consulted. This is especially true for people with a weak immune system.

What causes a cold?

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract, which is medically known as flu infection. A Cold is triggered by a viral infection. These infections, as the term suggests, are caused by viruses. In total, there are about 200 different viruses that cause the common cold. The most common cold viruses include rhinovirus, respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV) and coronaviruses. In some cases, an additional infection by bacteria (a so-called bacterial secondary infection or superinfection) arises. The infection with "cold viruses" itself mostly goes unnoticed. The viruses penetrate predominantly in the form of droplets through the air, but also directly or indirectly through contact with the infected via the nasal openings in the organism. Previously coughed pathogens are inhaled. Additionally, the cold viruses can be transferred to the mucous membranes of the mouth, eye and nose by the hands and thus enter the body. Frequent consequences: sore throat (pharyngitis), runny nose (rhinitis), cough (bronchitis) and hoarseness (in the context of laryngitis), which can occur in almost any combination. The first symptoms of a cold appear about two to five days after infection. Common locations of infection can be any place where several people meet, such as public transport, waiting rooms, offices, schools, etc. Therefore contact with the infected should be avoided whenever possible, even if it is not always easy. A weakened immune system will always favor infection. Thus, it is crucial to bolster the immune system in order to avoid a cold.

What helps fight a cold?

A weakened immune system makes one more susceptible to colds. One must thus strengthen the immune system. What does that mean? The immune system in the body is a complex network which, using a sophisticated defense system, wards off the majority of all infections and many other attacks on one's health. One part of this complex defense mechanism are the white blood cells called leukocytes. These are found in almost the entire body and, in case of infection or other attacks on health, are controlled by information proteins or messengers. Prerequisite for a well-functioning immune defense is a healthy lifestyle, of which a healthy and balanced diet are just as much a part as exercise and adequate sleep. Those with a good immune system, are less at risk of catching a cold. However, a well-functioning microcirculation also plays a important role in the strengthening of the immune system. What is meant here is the circulation of the smallest vessels, the so-called capillaries, as well as the portions shortly before and shortly after these vessels. An improved blood flow within the microcirculation leads to improved working conditions for the white blood cells. These take, to a certain extent, the role of a "blood police" in the body and protect it from infection, among others things. In addition, they are responsible for rendering pathogens or substances that are incompatible with the organism harmless, i.e. viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, toxins, fungi, worms and exogenous particles. Thus, a working blood flow in the microcirculation is not only a decisive factor for general health, but also helps the white blood cells keep fulfill their vital functions within the immune system. To harden one's immune system, one can toughen up with various methods. Examples are contrast showers, hydrotherapy treatments or saunas. This has a positive effect on circulatory control, and the circulation of the skin and organs is improved. This way more immune cells get to the mucous membranes of the nose and throat, which are very often attacked by cold pathogens. To strengthen the immune system, it can also be very helpful to stimulate the circulation effectively through specific physical impulses. Considerable success is attributed to BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy in this area. The core of this vascular therapy consists of a multi-dimensional signal structure, by which a restricted or impaired microcirculation is stimulated effectively. Thereby, the main physical control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes are supported. A number of scientific studies have provided evidence that the application of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy not only partially heads off cold infections, but also contributes to alleviation in a variety of diseases. This vascular therapy also helps support convalescence. An example of this is increased physical and mental performance in addition to a reduction in the susceptibility to infections and support of the immune system. Notable successes of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy have also been recorded for back pain, sleeplessness, stress disease and faster healing of minor injuries. Also, an increase in sporting performance can be achieved. A useful effect for many people in the application of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is that the ingestion of drugs may be limited to medically necessary measure. In the case of a cold, it should be remembered that it is caused by viruses, so that antibiotics will not help. One cannot speed up disease progression in a cold with medication, but only ease the symptoms anyway. In any case, however, it is better not to even let it come to a cold infection but rather focus on strengthening the immune system. And that is exactly what BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is magnificently suited for, in addition the above-mentioned factors.