Wake Forest, NC (PRWEB) March 9, 2010
The Infrex Plus Unit from MedFaxx, when used on Interferential Mode, is reducing the severity, duration and frequency of pain for many patients. It appears, from the chronic pain population, that the body's immune system is learning to stop the chronic pain impulses.
How Interferential Therapy Provides Carryover Pain Relief
Since the introduction of the Infrex Plus combination Tens/Interferential unit, January 2009, chronic pain patients report that their experience has been they can self treat as needed, and go for longer and longer time periods, pain free. Those results from interferential treatment mode are what is called "carryover" or "residual" pain relief.
Researchers think there are basically several biological reasons why this new phenomenon occurs -
1. Ability to treat when pain present, and as often as needed, for as long as needed
2. Prevention of re-occurrence of the "pain cycle" by self treatment options.
3. Ability of the immune system to be taught to stop chronic pain by repeated treatments
4. Immune system response is altering "pain causing cells" permanently.
Researchers and patients have tried to understand how this phenomena is occurring and more importantly, why. This is an unexplored area due to the only recent ability to self treat with a portable device rather than going to a clinic or hospital. The electrical output is higher with the Infrex Plus than pre-existing type interferential units and the unit is premodulated.
Doctors and Physical Therapists have to guess at what is going on. They look at how cells live. Research has shown that anytime electricity is introduced into the body that chemical changes will occur. With chronic pain patients there is an underlying physiological change occurring that may explain why the pain is diminishing or disappearing, and progressively, for longer time periods.
Each cell carries a specific electromagnetic field giving rise to bio electric currents and frequencies in all biological materials. There is little distinction between the type of cells such as neural, soft tissue, brain etc. as the basic functions of replication are practically identical. Cell division is universal.
An electric voltage is part of all functions in living tissue. It arises primarily at the cellular walls and gives rise to electric currents. Nothing new here as has been known for a long time in medicine. Movement of electrons along a DC ( direct current which simply means a constant positive or negative charge ) field is being used in e.g. iontophoresis and electrophoresis. Cell membranes contain ion channels. They carry a negative charge at the outside of the cell membrane and show selectivity for kations, particularly for sodium and potassium ions. Part of these ion channels open only after adequate change of the membrane potential. Basically cell membranes are protective covers that constrain the inside within the cell wall/membrane. Charges, whether negative or positive, allow different chemicals to go from outside a cell wall to inside the cell wall. This is a chemical reaction.
To pictorially see this think of a tennis ball that is slightly too large to penetrate through the holes on a sphere. If you apply minimal pressure on the tennis ball then that pressure squeezes it momentarily and it becomes small enough, elongated, to be driven through the hole and into the sphere. The electrical charge is the "driving force" that powers the tennis ball through the hole on the sphere.
Cell life depends on the nutritional input and adequate excretion of metabolic end products. Both pathways use the ion channels. Humans consume, and then excrete, through specific pathways as do cells.
In chronic pain there exists an "altered cellular state" that has been providing a pain stimulus, an unnatural occurrence.
It may very well be that the altered sick state of multiple cells is being permanently changed to prevent the recurrence of pain with interferential therapy being provided when the painful state returns. In other medical fields our immune system can be taught to stop bad bacteria, viruses etc. by treating the affected area as soon as possible. The process in dermatology of "freezing an unwanted wart", caused due to a virus, also teaches the immune system to attack and kill the virus. The same phenomena could be occurring now with chronic pain patients and the body is learning through repeated, as needed stimulation that the pain impulse is an unnatural process. Repeated treatments are teaching the immune system to stop the pain impulses unless provoked by a new injury.
The use of interferential therapy, when pain returns, is teaching our body that "pain" is an unnatural state. The preliminary results are very promising for chronic pain patients and by using natural electrical energy via the interferential mode of the Infrex Plus there is hope chronic pain can be cured without the use of mind altering drug treatments.