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.
Healing Processes with Arthritis
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.
The term "Arthritis" refers to the destruction of the layer of cartilage on a joint and the skeletal changes caused as a result of this. Arthritis is the most common disorder of the joints. Sufferers lose the ability to move without pain. The joints ache, swell up and become inflamed. The hip, the knees and the hands are the most common areas affected, but any other joint can also suffer from this disorder.
The Joints and their Tasks
The joints perform thousands of movements each day. These movements are eased and facilitated by synovial fluid, which is produced inside the mucous membrane of the joint. Hard, sudden movements are cushioned by the joint's cartilage – much like a shock absorber. Joints are responsible for performing important movements and preventing undesired movements, where the joint is locked in place.
The Various Stages of Arthritis
In the early stage of Arthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged, although this damage is initially limited to a small area measuring around 2cm². To begin with, the damage is limited to the surface of the cartilaginous coating, but as the disease progresses, x-rays will reveal initial compressions of the bones. Without these bone changes, damage to the cartilage is recognized, but no diagnosis of arthosis can be made.
There are often many years between the early and advanced stages of the disease, and these years are also referred to as the interim stage. While the changes in the joint are more intensified than in the early stage, they are less pronounced than in the advanced stage. In the advanced stage, the cartilage on the joint is not only damaged and dysfunctional – it is actually completely worn off. The exposed bone is now rubbing against the bone on the opposite side, and the joint space between the two bones has ceased to exist. The bone becomes harder and more dense in the advanced stage, something which is also clearly visible in x-ray images. There are large, bony spikes on the edges of the joint causing the joint to widen. These spikes can cause pain and radiate when performing certain movements.
Causes of Arthosis
Experts suspect that around 50 percent of patients suffering from arthosis do so as a result of having the affected area placed under great strain for many years. In around 30 percent of patients, the arthosis has developed as a delayed consequence of an accident – for example at home, in traffic, when playing sport, or at work. In just 20 percent of patients the cause is a malformation or weakness of the joint, which can already be identified in youth.
Prevalence of Arthritis
Among disorders of the joints, Arthritis is at first place. Around five million Germans suffer from this disease, and this number is rising. Around two million people in Germany experience pain in their joints each day – for example in the hip and knees. But other joints can be affected too. Young people suffer less from Arthritis than older people. Arthrotic changes in joints occur in only around 4 percent of 20-year-olds, but in more than 80 percent of people aged 70 or over. There are many very different types of Arthritis. Men and women alike are affected in the hip joints. However, twice as many women suffer in the finger and knee joints as men. In Germany alone, more than two million people have an artificial joint. Each year, around 12,000 artificial shoulder joints, 200,000 artificial hip joints, and 150,000 artificial knee joints are implanted.
Consequences of Arthritis
Among the consequences of Arthritis are pain, swelling, deformation, inflammatory attacks and stiffness of the joint. The symptoms occur in stages and intensify over the years. Particularly after a long period of calm, affected patients experience a sensation of stiffness and pain. This usually improves after some movement. Many patients have the sensation that their tendons are too short and that they can therefore not stretch their joints. The more advanced the disease, the more stiff and immobile the joints become. The smallest movements cause severe pain, even during rest, which can impair sleep. Gradually, increasing numbers of areas on the joint are damaged. Ligaments, cartilage, tendons and bones change constantly.
Cost Burden on the Healthcare System
In Germany alone, over seven billion Euros are spent each year on treating Arthritis, making joint and bone diseases the third-largest cost factor for the healthcare system.
Treatment of Arthritis
The purpose of any treatment is to eliminate pain and restore mobility. We differentiate between surgical and conservative treatment. The key element of conservative treatment is to reduce the load on the diseased joints and to protect them from further excessive or improper loads. Physical treatments, among them physiotherapy, are also employed. This strengthens the musculature, which helps to support the joints. Pharmaceutical treatments include the administration of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs. Cortisone is also administered in severe cases, although the side effects of this do need to be taken into account.
Surgical Treatment of Arthritis
If the patient suffers under sustained and intense pain and has only very limited mobility, a surgical procedure is often advised, where artificial joints are usually implanted.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy
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.