When you first turn your ReBuilder on, it sets its output parameters for your physical mass by measuring the electrical analog and digital impedance of your body. It knows if it is treating a 125 lb woman or a 350 lb man. If you use the ReBuilder directly on your lower back, it knows that. If you are using it on your legs or hands, it knows that too. You would obviously need a different amount of signal for variations like these. This is a unique safety feature of the ReBuilder. No other device offers this level of safety.
The ReBuilder then sends out a "test" signal that represents the most common waveform for healthy peripheral nerves. (Diagram # 1) This signal goes from one foot, up the leg to the nerve roots in your back, down the other leg, to the other foot.
It then waits for an echo -like response from this initial signal. This phenomenon is similar to the patella reflex when your doctor hits just below your kneecap with a little rubber hammer and your leg kicks out.
When this initial signal reaches the other foot, an automatic response sends a signal back to the ReBuilder.
The ReBuilder also carries a small muscle stimulus to enhance blood flow in the extremity by making use of the body's natural skeletal blood pump system.
The ReBuilder analyzes this returned signal in a split second and analyzes for returning waveform for aberrations. (Diagram #2)
Just as a Cardiologist can take one look at the shape of the signal displayed on the EKG monitor above the patients bed in the hospital and diagnose what is wrong with the heart, we have been able to identify that the peripheral nerves have a very particular shape to its waveform, and we can diagnose the nature of the problem from analyzing that waveform. This feature is built into the ReBuilder and processed by its internal microprocessor.
Abnormalities in the shape of the waveform on the way up indicates issues with numbness; the shape of the top of the waveform indicates the ability of the nerve to deliver the signal long enough for the brain to receive it all; abnormalities in the downward slope of the waveform indicates pain, and the shape of the refractory period below the baseline (as the nerve cell repolarizes itself) indicates the ability of the nerve pathway to prepare for the next signal.
The ReBuilder then creates a compensating waveform (similar to the Bose headphones that cancel out the background noise on airplanes). Where there is too much energy displayed, the ReBuilder adapts the treating waveform to reduce that energy. Where the waveform indicates too little energy, it increases the energy in that area. This process goes on 7.83 times every second, sending a signal, analyzing the returning signal, creating a compensating signal, and sending this new signal.
The reason for the 7.83 Hz frequency is that it takes time for the nerve cell to re-polarize (or reset) itself between its transmission of nerve signals. Minerals have to squeeze through little holes in the cell wall, and then return. This takes time. We have found that if we slow down the treatment to 7.83 times per second, it gives the nerves time to re-polarize and get ready for the next signal.
A common TENS signal uses an unnatural, uncontrolled, simple signal (square wave) 90 to 100 times per second precisely to stop the nerve from operating. This may temporarily give some pain relief, but can cause numbness, and may permanently damage the nerve cell resulting in permanent paralysis.
In effect, the ReBuilder acts like a pacemaker works for your heart's electrical signals. If the pacemaker does not send exactly the right signal, then the four chambers of the heart may not pump in the right order and if the signal is too fast or too slow, the heart stops. So, too, the ReBuilder's precisely controlled waveform coaxes your nerves to transmit their signals in the proper order.
Although designated as a TENS relative to the FDA's regulations, the ReBuilder's signals are vastly more controlled and precise.
You can think of the ReBuilder as a pacemaker for your nerves.
The following illustrations are an artist's depiction of the waveforms of peripheral nerves and are simplified for educational purposes.
Diagram #1: A normal peripheral nerve waveform.
Diagram #2: Abnormal peripheral nerve waveform.
Diagram #3: Abnormal waveform overlaid by the ReBuilder therapeutic waveform.
One interesting, beneficial side effect of the ReBuilder...
When used at bedtime, most patients report that they can sleep better without their pain..
The ReBuilder is truly a medical marvel!