Advanced technology to discover and locate hidden injuries and sources of pain in the body
Chronic pain can be insidious, frustrating and anxiety producing. If treatment is going well, it has helped to make some of the pain go away. But if you are like most people, the chronic pain, is interfering with physical activities you enjoy and sometimes much of life. Most likely your body has been examined and you might have had x-ray, CT scan and MRI studies. These tests and examinations often miss the injuries to tissue we call fascia. And we are learning that most of our pain is a consequence of a lifetime of fascia injuries that leave myofascial pain in their wake.
In simple terms, “fascia” is the name for the connective tissue that surrounds every cell in the body and holds us together. Fascia weaves through skin, muscles, and organs. It is very strong and does a great job, but it is not designed for impact trauma and gets especially injured when we land from a jump or fall.
Finding the injuries that cause a specific pain problem can be difficult. One of the consequences of fascia injury are the kinks and knots called myofascial trigger points. When your massage therapist locates and rubs out these knots or kinks, pain is relieved, and motion is restored. But what about when the injuries are tiny or buried deep in tissue, so they are difficult to touch?
Increased pain from old injuries is usually provoked with repetitive motion that stresses the injured tissue. Often these areas of injury will heat up during repeated provoking activity. The pitcher might have to throw several balls to heat up a shoulder and a soccer player might have to kick a few balls to heat up a hip or ankle. Then this increased heat can be detected using a high-resolution infrared camera. This is called medical infrared imaging or thermography.
Thermographic Imaging or Medical Thermography is a whole-body analysis for assessing skin surface temperatures that can be correlated by a physician to assess problems underneath. Uses for thermography are similar to that of an oral thermometer, a stethoscope, or any other medical test that assesses physical function. Infrared cameras measure radiation in the infrared electromagnetic spectrum emitted by the human body. The sensors on the thermal camera read varying degrees of infrared emittance and through proper calibration, translate this into a temperature scale. The information is then plotted in a digital format in a color palette. These patterns can then be analyzed, and physiological assessment can be made demonstrating small temperature differences in the tissue.
To help light up injuries we can also use ARPneuro and vibration platform technologies.
ARP stands for Accelerated • Recovery • Performance. ARPneuro Therapy decreases chronic pain by itself, increases range of motion, accelerates recovery time and improves physical performance – all without drugs of any kind! This innovative therapy is different than any other type of pain treatment. Many other therapies treat the physical symptoms and only provide temporary relief. ARPneuro Therapy can locate old injuries and then treat the sources of where pain originates, eliminating the physiologic basis causing the pain.
Unlike all other protocols, this patented and proprietary high frequency, bio-electrical system is able to diagnose and pinpoint the neurological origin of many physical pain symptoms. The technology can also be used for treatment. ARPneuro Therapy treatment stimulates the soft tissues and increases blood flow to scar tissue and/or the source of the pain. It also creates new neuro patterns that re-train the nervous system, eliminate old muscle compensation patterns, and enhance the muscles ability to absorb force.
Separately, ARPneuro makes all the muscle cells contract synchronously at 500 times/second. Treatment with this technology not only increases muscle strength, it also forces the muscles to actually remove their own kinks from the inside.
We can also stress muscles and fascia with vibration therapy. VibraTherapy is a neuromuscular work out on a vibration platform. This added stress can help us discover hidden injuries throughout the body.
In addition to helping in the fashion with diagnosis, research has shown that whole-body vibration, when performed correctly and under medical supervision when needed, can:
– Reduce pain
– Increase flexibility
– Improve balance and coordination
– Improve strength and balance
– Provide Lymphatic stimulation
– Reduce bone loss
In as little as 10 minutes whole-body vibration in a series may aid weight loss, burn fat, improve flexibility, enhance blood flow, reduce muscle soreness after exercise, build strength and decrease the stress hormone cortisol. Combined with a sensible diet your health care professionals, many benefits can be seen and felt.
The pictures above were taken during the process of looking for leg injuries that are causing chronic leg pain. As the leg was worked by ARPneuro and vibration platform, a small area of increased heat pointed out injury in a small piece of leg muscle. An old and typically undetectable pain causing injury.