Traditional Therapy for Joint Pain - Doing More Harm Than Good?

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Thousands of dollars spend on joint rehab every year; thousands of work hours lost; days, months, sometimes years of lost quality of life from painful joint injuries that never heal. Dr. Berg, DC from Alexandria VA says traditional therapy has it backwards and the approach can actually prolong or worsen the injury. He explains that there is a simple, non-invasive approach to joint pain relief and recover that is faster, safer and cost significantly less and demonstrates his point weekly in free public seminars.

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Just because insurance pays for it, doesn't mean it's the path to full recovery. Realize that the annual cost of injury in the US is almost $600 billion a year. Seniors suffer daily, and are given drugs and joint replacements as their only hope. Some patients endure months of painful stretching and manipulation of an injured limb or joint, and never regain function and range or motion. (More facts on musculoskeletal injuries at

Joint pain and dysfunction should never take months to resolve, states Eric Berg, DC of Alexandria, VA, developer of the new technique called Dynamic Joint Recovery. While working on a patient with phantom leg pain (painful feeling in the part of the extremity that has been amputated), Dr. Berg discovered that by treating the nerve circuits in the opposing (uninjured) leg, the 10-year chronic phantom pain was completely eliminated. This prompted Dr. Berg to do further research and he concluded that traditional approaches have it completely backwards.

"Treating the joint that hurts can take two times longer than it should," says Dr. Berg. "That's two to three times the cost, two to three times the lost income, and two to three times the length of poor quality of life," Dr. Berg adds.

Dr. Berg's new discovery and treatment never touches the painful joint but stimulates and stretches the opposing or reciprocal side to facilitate healing. This treatment has resulted in quick, consistent results. Many of his clients see significant increases in range of motion and loss of pain within minutes, even after a single session. The entire program is just a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy.

Dr. Berg's theory is based on research by neurologist Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital who found physical evidence of communication between nerves on opposite sides of the body. In the May 2004 issue of Annals of Neurology, scientists describe how cutting a major nerve in one paw of a group of rats resulted in a significant decrease in skin nerve endings in the corresponding area of the opposite limb.

According to Dr. Berg, the flaw in the traditional therapy is caused by a lack of understanding in the links between reciprocal or opposing muscles. When one muscle contracts or turns on, the opposing muscle has to relax or turn off. In traditional therapy, when the practitioner is stretching or strengthening a tight injured muscle, nerve stretch receptors get activated and make the muscle even tighter or more painful.

Dr. Berg demonstrates his theory weekly, in his free public seminars in Northern Virginia. To date, he has trained over 1,000 doctors nationwide in his methods, who rapidly and routinely free their patients from debilitating pain and limited movement at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional therapies.

To schedule an interview or a demonstration with Dr. Eric Berg
Contact Karen Rafalko @ 202-550-1706
Fax: 703-354-7341

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