Arthritis afflicts over 28 million Americans and approximately 350 million people worldwide! Most people with arthritis- rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, or any of the other 100+ types of arthritis- resort to taking NSAIDS or using over-the-counter creams and treatments for their chronic pain. Unfortunately, for chronic sufferers, it's difficult to find effective pain management that isn't addictive or damaging to your body’s systems- or if it is, the relief is only temporary. Each of the 100 types of arthritis has one shared feature: joint inflammation.
What’s the main complaint of people who suffer from arthritis? It’s pain. To really break down and understand how to resolve your arthritis pain, we need to look into what pain is, how we feel pain, and how we resolve pain.
What is Pain?
Simply put, pain is a sensation- a message that there is damage. It’s when there is a source of trauma to the body. Your nerves are located all over your body- in your fingertips, your ears, your toes, your back- nerves are how you feel any and all sensation with your body. There are three general types of pain- inflammatory, neuropathic, and nociceptive.
If there is nociceptive damage that then causes damage to the nervous system, neuropathy is sure to be a symptom.
How Do We Feel Pain?
To feel pain- or rather, to have your brain produce a signal that recognizes that trauma has occurred to its tissues in order to prevent further damage- the body relies on the nerves and nervous system. The whole synaptic network runs throughout your entire body, like the roots of a tree, or the mycelium of a mushroom. At any point where there is a nerve bundle, your body can transmit a signal.
When your nervous system is working correctly and the traumatic event has been resolved, your body will move into the modulation phase.
How to Resolve (Modulate) Pain
Hopefully, by this point, your body is able to modulate the pain by activating different nerve fibers in order to reduce or increase the intensity. Like “rubbing your arm after someone punches it", one Reddit user mentions. The goal is to override the pain signals. This is where your topical treatments come in: to act as distractors and activate different nerves to dull the pain response you’re having.
Sometimes, though, there can be damage to the nerve network caused by other means, or there could be abnormal amounts of inflammation pushing on your nerves, causing you to feel not-so-normal. Oral medications can sometimes reduce inflammation. If only they could treat the misfiring signal as well!
How to Treat Arthritis
You should first treat arthritis by reducing inflammation wherever possible- take supplements for joint health, eat foods that don’t create an inflammatory response, drink lots of water, and take NSAIDs when needed. As Dr. Phillips explains in this video, sometimes chronic pain can cause the nerves to establish new pathways for signals, which we consider misfires.
Arthritis has many conventional treatments, depending on the severity.
- NSAIDs like naproxen sodium and ibuprofen can relieve pain and reduce inflammation, but some can cause stomach irritation and may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Counterirritants like capsaicin creams and menthol ointments are rubbed on the skin over the joint and might interfere with the transmission of pain signals from the joint itself. Unfortunately, the effects are temporary.
- Corticosteroid medications, like prednisone, reduce inflammation and pain and slow joint damage. Side effects might include thinning of bones, weight gain, and diabetes.
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and save the joints and other tissues from permanent damage. Sadly, most DMARDs also increase your risk of infections.
- Physical therapy can be helpful to improve the range of motion and strengthen surrounding muscles.
- Surgical repair, replacement, and fusion are employed to remove or replace damaged joint tissue, sometimes replacing it with artificial joints or even fusing bones together for stability.
Time for the ReBuilder® !
Now you need to investigate a solution that sends a signal to coax the nerves back to normal firing response. When that happens, inflammation will reduce, and so will the pain.
Do you remember the modulation phase, where the signal can be adjusted? This is where ReBuilder® shines. We introduce a physical additional stimulus that uses electricity to interpret nerve signals. When the ReBuilder® sends its compensatory signal down your nerve pathways, it’s like a puzzle piece- the signal is one half, and the ReBuilder® follows that electric path and builds the opposite piece that fits. The ReBuilder® analyzes the existing signal, taking note of where it’s not firing smoothly between the two contact points on the body (where there is a break in signal, or, a really high signal), and then sends a compensatory signal to cancel out the aberration (difference). Once the nerve calms down and realizes that it’s not actually feeling the stimulus it “thinks” it is, the normal sensation can be restored.
The ReBuilder® contributes to the healing process by accomplishing the following:
- Stimulates leg muscles to contract and relax thereby increasing blood velocity and volume with fresh blood to the nerves and muscles.
- Stimulates all the afferent and efferent nerves in the lower extremities with a signal larger than normal to re-establish the pathways for subsequent normal signals to follow.
- Draws axon and dendrite nerve endings closer together to facilitate proper nerve transmission.
- Builds residual pain relief each time the system is used.
- Causes the brain to release endorphins that reduce global pain and anxiety.
- Promotes the healing of non-plantar surface diabetic skin ulcers and sprains.
- Increases muscle strength for safe, pain-free walking.
- Promotes better mobility and balance as proprioception returns to the legs and feet.
- Reduces swelling as muscle contractions encourage lymphatic drainage and movement to the proper nodes.
- Increases collateral circulation, stimulating vasculogenesis.
When the electrical signals from the ReBuilder® stimulate the leg muscles to contract, this "venous muscle pump" moves the mineral-rich blood to the muscles and the nerves. Osmotic pressure and the ionic tension from the ReBuilder® signals successfully jump across the gaps, then carry these necessary minerals into the synaptic junctions between the nerve cells helping to restore the conductivity that is lost.
So, what is it that you can do for your arthritis? You could continue trying to manage the pain of arthritis using over-the-counter solutions, like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, capsaicin, menthol, and lidocaine creams. You can take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to increase your joint health. You could take a more extreme route with the guidance of your doctor and go through surgery. But, what you should do is find a pain management practitioner near you who has a ReBuilder® for you to try.
THE REBUILDER® WILL TREAT ANYWHERE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM DETECTS (CORRECTLY OR INCORRECTLY) NOCICEPTIVE TRAUMA.
“Since dramatic benefits are seen in diabetic patients, it is presumed that the ReBuilder stimulation-induced alteration of the nociceptive threshold (which depends on voltage-flux, flux density, time, and usage) leads pain modulation. This is the well-known strength-duration relationship. These factors are all a part of the patent-pending technology of the ReBuilder®. Examples of nociceptive pain include sprains, bone fractures, burn, bumps, bruises, inflammation (from an infection or arthritic disorder), obstructions, and myofascial pain (which may indicate abnormal muscle stresses).
Nociceptors are the nerves that sense and respond to parts of the body that suffer from damage. They signal tissue irritation, impending injury, or actual injury. When activated, they transmit pain signals (via the peripheral nerves as well as the spinal cord) to the brain. The pain is typically well localized, constant, and often with an aching or throbbing quality.” -ReBuilder® Monograph
The ReBuilder® is registered with the FDA (since 1987!) for chronic intractable pain, such as pain caused by peripheral neuropathy, muscle spasms, and surgery, and aches and pains like arthritis. The use of conventional TENS devices, like the ReBuilder®, does improve the reduction in joint tenderness and pain intensity. Contact us today at 877-717-5487 to find a pain management practitioner near you!
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