Injuries & disabilities
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is used for general full-body treatment and for the intensive treatment of individual areas of the body. The sets are supplied with a detailed description and can be used without any problems by lay people. Many doctors and therapists have added BEMER technology to the range of services they offer. The effectiveness of BEMER has been proven in numerous double-blind trials.
Between individual vertebrae of the spinal column are vertebral discs, which cushion vibrations when walking and enable the spine to move. Vertebral discs consist of a ring of connective tissue and a soft, gelatin-like core. If this ring tears and parts of the gelatin core leaks out, this is referred to as a slipped disc or herniated disc. Large numbers of back complaints are triggered by disorders of the vertebral discs. Wearing that has made the fibrous ring around the gelatin core brittle is the cause of this. But the gelatin core itself also ages, loses its ability to store water, hardens, shrinks and becomes less able to act as a cushion. This causes the space between the vertebral bodies to be reduced, the ligaments to loosen and the fibrous ring around the core to eventually tear. Lifting heavy loads incorrectly and sustaining poor posture each day for hours, for example in front of the computer, will push the spine into an unhealthy position.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a modern method alleviation for herniated discs. BEMER improves blood flow, thereby supporting the body's own regenerative and self-healing processes. Through research conducted over years, experts have derived important findings in the field of biorhythmics. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides effective stimulation for dysfunctional or restricted microcirculation. The currently most effective and reviewed physical treatment method for the alleviation of conditions transmits electromagnetic signals to stimulate the pumping action of the smallest blood vessels. This improves the flow of blood around this area, ensures that the body's cells are better supplied and helped along the way to improvement.
The vertebral discs become brittle as the years go by, and false movements can cause the discs to bulge out and trap the nerves. This not only causes pain, but in some cases can also even bring about paralysis. The vertebral discs act as shock absorbers. They are positioned like water cushions between individual vertebrae. These 23 discs are made of connective tissue and distribute the pressure placed on the back over the spinal column. Herniated discs are often age-related. When the shock absorbers are subject to so much strain, they wear out. As time goes by, their soft cores store less and less water, which causes the discs to become thinner. Water and tissue leak from these tears and the discs become thinner. When placed under strain, the soft core repeatedly presses against the fibrous, hard ring, and the insides of the disc slide out. If the fibrous ring remains sealed here, the condition is referred to as a disc protrusion. If the gelatin-like mass penetrates the fibrous ring, the condition is referred to as a disc herniation. In rare cases, the tissue pushed backwards even dislocates from the rest of the disc and slides into the spinal cavity. If parts of the disc press against a nerve, this process will cause pain. Any disc can slip out, but in reality, the risk distribution is highly unequal. Discs in the lumbar or lower region of the back cause the most common problems. Less frequent are slippages in the disc between the cervical vertebrae, and it is extremely rare for the thoracic vertebrae to slip.
Pain is always the first symptom of a herniated disc, but the wear and tear itself can also cause pain. As the vertebral discs become increasingly thinner, the bones move closer together, and the system of tendons, vertebrae, fibers and discs becomes unbalanced. To recover stability, the bones also build up more substances around the edges of the vertebrae, although this additional protection comes at the expense of mobility. If the patient bends over too low or turns too fast, they will feel a stabbing pain. This wearing process is normal with age, but it can be accelerated by many factors, among them heavy physical work and poor posture. But our genes have an effect on this too.
In some cases the pain feels like an arrow shot in the back, in other cases it comes very slowly. Even coughing and sneezing become a torment. It becomes particularly unpleasant when the pain wanders as far down as the large toe. If the disc presses against the bone marrow or the spinal root, the patient will usually not only feel it in that region. These nerves also supply other parts of the back. If a disc in the cervical vertebrae slips, the pain will also be felt in the fingers and arms. If a disc in the lumbar region slips, the sciatic nerve may be trapped, which causes the pain to radiate into the legs and feet. If the nerve is trapped too heavily or too long, patients often have the sensation of lying on an anthill. There's a sensation of tingling and numbness, and in the worst case scenario, there is practically no feeling left in the leg. In some cases, the patient loses bladder control.
Conventional treatment of a herniated disc requires a great deal of patience. The foundation for health and therefore also general well-being is ensuring a properly functioning circulation of blood through the organism. This ensures an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients, and also that metabolic by-products and toxins are disposed of. Around 74 of blood flow takes place in the smallest blood vessels – known as microcirculation. If the distribution of blood is dysfunctional, the cells cannot perform their intended function. If, in turn, the required structural proteins, enzymes or information and transport proteins are not available for metabolic processes in bones, muscles or ligaments, health problems such as a herniated disc will occur. A herniated disc is characterized by pain and difficulties with moving to varying extents. Poor blood flow can be a major causal factor in a herniated disc – functioning microcirculation is a fundamental aspect of health.
The heart pumps up to 10,000 liters of blood through the body each day. With modern BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy, blood and its components are better distributed, and decisive support is provided for these vital processes.
It is necessary in this context to differentiate between treatment of acute symptoms and subsequent treatment. Acute symptoms should be treated by way of first aid by cooling the swelling so that it subsides. Between around 15 and 20 minutes are usually adequate in this connection. The injured area should also be rested in an elevated position. Such a position also reduces the flow of blood and relieves the pain. It is also recommended that a compression bandage be applied. A doctor should then be involved for subsequent treatment, if only because a layperson can often not tell a torn ligament apart from a sprain. The doctor will then decide whether an operation is necessary or whether the ligament tear can be healed using non-invasive, conservative methods. If surgical measures are necessary, the affected ligaments can either be rejoined or possibly replaced by other tendons in the body. Conservative treatments are performed by consistent exercises and muscular training. Other potential options are bandaging and possibly plaster-casting for stability.
The healing process of the torn ligament itself – whether conservative or surgical methods are applied – requires a healthy portion of patience. However, this process involves not only potentially the need for physiotherapeutic exercises – improving blood flow also plays a key role. Effective blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process after a ligament rupture massively. The use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is particularly well-suited to this purpose. This vascular therapy activates the body's self-healing potential, thereby supporting the healing of wounds and injuries, including those caused by ligament ruptures. A multidimensional signal structure provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation, supporting the body's key control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes. The support that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides in the regeneration processes has been confirmed by a series of studies that have scientifically demonstrated the effectiveness of BEMER Therapy. For example, BEMER Therapy enables improvements in microcirculation, which has a positive impact on the healing process of ligament ruptures, which in turn can reduce the time that the patient spends suffering following a ligament rupture.
One unfortunate movement, and the damage may already be done – torn ligaments! This is not something that just sportspeople suffer from particularly frequently. In other walks of life and in other activities, torn ligaments – also known as ruptured ligaments – are not uncommon. Why is this? The ligaments consist of taut connective tissue, are normally extremely strong and serve to stabilize the joints. However, sudden movements (for example, when running with high heels, tripping from a curb, or running on uneven surfaces) can cause a ligament to tear. And while the proverbial wisdom that you can rupture a ligament with the smallest movements is somewhat overstated, it's also not all that far from the truth. There is no doubt that torn ligaments are one of the most common sporting injuries to occur when playing soccer, basketball, or squash. Among the known causes are a twisting of the knee or of the foot, things that occur often when playing soccer, for example. It is often the abrupt twist that causes a ligament to be so heavily overstretched that its fibers are pulled to breaking point. The joint can still be moved, but sadly only in certain directions. Breaking these limits can quickly cause a ligament to tear. The sufferer will notice the acute symptoms extremely quickly, because a ligament rupture will be followed by sudden and intense pain that re-occurs whenever the area is put under further strain. Effusions are also frequent, not uncommonly causing swelling with possible bruising. The improper loads and postures will also almost always cause damage to other areas of the musculoskeletal structure.
Typical types of Ligament Rupture
Bone breakages are not just unpleasant and painful, they also usually occur unexpectedly, such as in a road accident, during sport, when falling, when being knocked, as an effect of violence, when bending excessively, or in the form of a stress fracture, for example after walking for a long distance on foot. According to estimates, almost half of all men and almost a third of all women between the age of 25 and 74 in Germany have suffered from a broken bone at least once in their lives. In medical parlance, the term used is 'fracture'. The large proportion of bone fractures among women over the age of 65 is particularly noticeable. Many of these are due to osteoporosis-related fractures. Osteoporosis is a disease which causes the bone mass density to progressively decline, thereby causing a loss in bone stability, which will often result in a bone fracture. However, there are other typical bone diseases in addition to osteoporosis, for example rickets, scoliosis and what is known as brittle bone disease. If, for example, the tissue is weakened as a result of osteoporosis, even minor injuries can result in bone fractures. Brittle bone disease is a hereditary disorder where the formation of the bones is incomplete. Accordingly, this elevates the risk of bone fractures. It is not uncommon for other injuries to be incurred in addition to bone fractures, in which adjacent vessels and nerves are injured.
With the exception of the aforementioned external effects or bone diseases, bone fractures are relatively unlikely. Although the bones of a human being only accounts for around 12 percent of their body weight (for example, the bones of a person weighing 50 kg weigh around 6 kg), they are twice as hard as granite. It's an indication of nature's good planning, because bones are designed to stabilize and protect the internal organs. The skeleton, which is formed from a large number of bones, provides the basis for this. At birth, it consists of more than 300 bones or elements of cartilage. As the human body grows and develops, some of the bones grow together, become more stable and more resilient, thereby strengthening the human skeleton. An adult human generally has 206 bones, half of which are in the hands and feet. Bones have a high proportion of water (25 percent) as well organic substances and inorganic minerals. Among these are calcium (which makes the bones hard), magnesium, and phosphorus. Potassium, iron, sodium, fluoride and chloride are also present in small quantities. The inner core of a bone is surrounded by a compact bone mass, which in turn is surrounded by the periosteum, the outer membrane. These contain special cells (osteoblasts) from which new bone cells develop. This contributes towards the growth and regeneration of the bone. Bone marrow is present in the cavities of the large bones in the spinal column, and it is in these that up to five billion blood cells are formed each day. This fatty tissue produces red blood cells, various blood platelets, and leukocytes (white blood cells). When we consider all the functions that the bones perform, it should come as no surprise that bone fractures can quickly become a problem. But before we address the treatment of bone fractures and the associated rehabilitation schemes, we should first look at the types of bone fractures.
Bone fractures can generally be broken down into the following categories (list may not necessarily be complete): - Transverse fracture, - Diagonal fracture, - Spiral fracture, - Burst fracture, - Compression fracture. Transverse fractures are simple breakages of the bone running across. Such a fracture often occurs as a result of the direct effect of force on the fixed extremity in question. A typical cause of transverse fractures would be a sliding tackle against the shin in a soccer match. A diagonal fracture is similar to a transverse fracture, but with the force applied at an incline, causing a diagonal fracture line to develop. A spiral fracture is characterized by a spiral-shaped fracture line, caused by indirect force that results in a fixed extremity being twisted. A typical example in this case would be a skiing accident in the Alps. Burst fractures occur around the cranial bone. These are generally the result of external force. These fractures are generally characterized by star-shaped fracture lines, frequently with fragments pressed inwards. Compression fractures are caused by the force of an impact on the long side of a bone. A typical cause of a compression fracture would be a fall from a great height. In addition to the bone fractures listed above, the "comminuted fracture" is also worthy of mention. A fracture is deemed to "comminuted" where a bone has broken in several place and where an x-ray presents at least six visible bone fragments. The most common bone fractures are of the wrist, the foot and the toes, but also of the ankle joint, the collarbone, and the humeral head. As we get older, fractures of the spinal column and hip joint are also not uncommon. Fractures of the pelvis are particularly unpleasant. A pelvic fracture refers to a breakage in the bony parts of the pelvis. Breakage of the pelvis can result not only in a bone fracture but also injury to internal organs, the bladder or the urethra. Fractures of the spinal column represent a major risk in terms of healing. If the spinal column is fractured, vertebral bodies can be compressed and broken. These breakages may not present symptoms with serious consequences if the bone fragments do not move (in which case we refer to a stable fracture). Otherwise – depending on the severity of the injury – neurological symptoms such as somatosensory disorders or, in severe cases, even paraplegia may occur. Any bone fracture can be an open or closed bone fracture. A closed bone fracture has no exposed wound, whereas an open fracture has a wound visible in the area of the fracture. Skin and muscles are injured, and the breakage of the skin also gives rise to a high risk of infection. It is not uncommon for bone fractures to be linked to other injuries. For example, bone fractures can cause damage to adjacent vessels and nerves.
For all the pain and unpleasantness associated with bone fractures, there is one positive aspect to them – they can be healed. However, it is necessary to clarify beforehand whether a conservative treatment of the fracture (e.g. by stabilizing the area using a plaster cast) can be applied or whether a surgical treatment is needed. The approach taken is based not only the type of fracture but also which bone is affected and what risks of secondary diseases and injuries there are. In either case, it is important in the event of a bone fracture for the parts of the bone to be restored to their correct positions. This is achieved by applying manual tension or pressure. Once the bones are restored to their former position, they must be fixed in place using nails, wire, screws or metal plates until they have fully healed. The aim here is to ensure that the bone is fixed in place as stably as possible to allow it to re-grow back together without disruption. Depending on the nature of the fracture, healing may be fast or slow. If the two ends of the fracture are in close contact, they can grow back together using connective tissue, because connective tissue has nerve fibers, vessels and viable cells that develop new bone parts. Here, the body first develops connective tissue from blood clots at the fracture, before cartilage is formed from this tissue. Minerals ensure that the new cartilage gradually hardens to form a solid bone. Once the first stage of the healing of a bone fracture is complete, the process of rehabilitation then begins, in which the function of the musculature is maintained or later re-trained. In summary, the treatment and healing of bone fractures can be summarized to encompass three principles: reposition, retain, and rehabilitate. The body's own self-healing and repairing mechanisms play a role that is not to be underestimated. To provide these mechanisms with effective support, it is fundamentally essential to ensure or restore good microcirculation for regenerative processes, including with bone fractures. 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. Effective blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process massively. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides a valuable contribution in this respect.
Electromagnetically transmitted signals are used to stimulate the pumping action of the smallest blood vessels, thereby normalizing blood flow through these vessels (stimulus and response) and ensuring that the body's cells are properly supplied. The use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can also reduce the amount of time that the patient has to "suffer" with the sprain. Sportspeople in particular appreciate the benefits of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy, not just to achieve faster healing processes with sprains, torn muscles, torn ligaments etc., but also to avoid these. The supply of adequate blood flow through the microvessels enabled by BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy allows for shorter warm-up and wind-down phases, and also for faster regeneration. The result is more effective training units. Ideally, microinjuries can also be repaired immediately, thereby heading off larger consequential injuries resulting from these – something that benefits not only sportspeople, but also non-sportspeople in their everyday lives. While BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is unable to prevent a sprain from developing in the course of everyday activities, it does help to reduce the duration of the healing process considerably. And it should not be forgotten that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is used not only to activate the body's self-healing powers, but also in many other fields too. Examples of these are the strengthening of the immune reaction, optimizing mental performance, and the achievement of benefits for general well-being, for health, and also for sleep.
It also helps to enhance our reaction capability, is suitable as an alleviating measure for diseases, and much more. Overall, BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy creates a much better quality of life, something that is particularly highly appreciated in our modern high-performance society and with the diversity of factors in our private environment. Proof of the effectiveness of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy has already been provided, with the production of 46 publications and a range of scientific studies listed in PubMed over the last 15 years, showing that a protective effect can be attributed to BEMER therapy.
Sprains are sadly a normal part of life, and they can happen quickly and unexpectedly. Whether during sport (where sprains are a particularly common occurrence), tripping while walking or jogging, or excessive and sustained manual loads – sprains are quick to occur. Even in household tasks – window cleaning, for example – we are not safe from sprains. The result is pain, bruising and swelling! Fast action must be taken to provide a remedy. But before that, we should consider what sprains are – injuries of the musculoskeletal system, or more accurately, of the muscles and ligaments. All sprains are caused by overstretching. Unlike torn muscle and ligaments, however, the tissue is not tightened to a point beyond its limit. Instead, it remains largely intact. However, there are generally very small injuries to the tissues and blood vessels. In medical parlance, this is referred to as "microtrauma". These injuries can cause swelling, because blood from injured vessels leaks into the surrounding tissue. The swelling in turn presses against the nerves, causing pain. Often these injuries are seemingly only minor, but can hinder us for a longer time. Sportspeople in particular know all about this, but sprains can also be extremely unpleasant for people who are physically active as part of their profession. Sprains are usually categorized as ligament sprains or muscle sprains. A ligament sprain is caused by the overstretching of a tendon or the ligaments in a joint. Unlike a torn ligament, however, the ligament here maintains its controlling and stabilizing function. A muscle sprain is caused when the smallest units of a muscle (known as sarcomeres) are injured. This is usually caused by a sudden and excessive movement, often around the foot, the calf, the thigh or the upper arm. But those affected by a sprain often don't care about the difference, because a sprain is quickly associated with pain. Bruising, swelling and pain when tensing and moving muscles are typical. It is also normal for the pain to noticeably subside when the affected part of the body is rested and not put under strain. As soon as a load is put back on the muscle, however, the pain associated with the sprain returns. The pain itself generally resembles a cramp, a pulling. Therefore, as initially mentioned, it is important to act quickly. Particularly in sportspeople, the administration of immediate first aid should follow the RICE principle.
Of course, the RICE principle is not some alternative method of treating a sprain with rice, but rather is an acronym for "Rest", "Ice", "Compression" and "Elevation". This means that the patient should further stop doing what they're doing, take a break and rest. It is then important to begin cooling the swelling and/or bruising, ideally with an icepack, cool pack or, if these are not available, using cold water. It should then be compressed, using bandages, to prevent the swelling from spreading. Subsequently elevating the part of the body affected by the sprain reduces the supply of blood to it, thereby ensuring that fluid leaking into the tissue can be transported away more quickly. After that, however, it is advisable to seek medical attention, because a sprain can often not be told apart from a torn ligament by a layperson. If it really is "just" a sprain, then what is needed is a healthy portion of patience to enable nature to perform its natural healing. However, this process can be shortened by supporting the body's own self-healing and repair mechanisms.
The body's own self-healing processes are a remarkable process that ensure that our organism is functioning as best it can at all times. This includes the way the body attempts to try and "troubleshoot" any problems that the body has a result as of its regulatory processes being overloaded (after a sprain, for example). This is how the self-healing processes affect wound healing, by dissolving and removing tissue that has been destroyed by injuries. To provide the mechanisms of the body's self-healing processes with effective support, ensuring or restoring good microcirculation for regenerative processes, including with sprains, plays a key role. Microcirculation is very important to our organism, and the tasks of the microcirculation are diverse. It affects blood pressure, facilitates heat exchange, and transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The circulation also transports away toxins and waste by-products from the cells. It is important to know that the human organism consists of between 80 and 100 trillion cells. To reach these, blood must circulate throughout our body continuously. The pressure generated in the heart drives the blood in our arteries forward. These in turn branch out, progressively becoming smaller and thinner, thereby reducing their cross-section. Ultimately, the blood reaches the smallest vessels in our body, referred to in medical parlance as capillaries. It is precisely this area and the sections just before and after it that are referred to as the microcirculation. Effective microcirculation is extremely important for ensuring that the tissue cells are well supplied and are capable of disposing of waste substances by way of improving blood flow. Effective blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process massively, including with sprains. Microcirculation can be assisted with support from medical technology, such as the kind offered by BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy.