INTEGRATIVE PAIN THERAPY
There are many different causes of chronic pain. One basically differentiates between pain in the musculoskeletal system (e.g. caused by arthritis) and pain that is primarily due to inflammation (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis).
Hyper-acidification of tissue is of paramount importance in the emergence and maintenance of chronic pain.
In an acidic environment, pain receptors transmit a signal that is many times stronger than when surrounded by a normal pH value. Furthermore, stress caused by environmental pollutants (e.g. heavy metals) and the subsequent inflammation reaction often also plays a decisive role.
Another important amplifying factor is the disturbed balance of the autonomic nervous system. With a predominant sympathetic system pain signals are transmitted to the central nervous system with greater amplification, and are also more strongly perceived there.
Deficiencies (e.g. hormone deficiency during the menopause) can promote the development of chronic pain.
A multimodal approach to therapy is essential due to the many causes of chronic pain.
For years, the following approaches have proved helpful at our clinic:
REMOVAL OF TOXINS
Heavy metals and other toxic substances lead to a chronic inflammation reaction in the body and can thus trigger painful disorders and cause previous therapies to fail (e.g. physiotherapy). Toxins also impair the function of the mitochondria (the powerhouses of the cells), leading to impairment of cellular metabolism and increased muscle tension. Both are indirect factors that lead to increased pain.
The removal of heavy metals takes place using so-called chelation therapy, in combination with vital field therapy and accompanying infusions. This treatment is particularly well tolerated.
INHIBITION OF INFLAMMATION USING BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCES
In addition to primary inflammatory illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, many orthopaedic illnesses have an inflammatory component. Thus, for example, there is local inflammation in the case of activated arthritis. With chronic pain, treatment of the inflammation is the main priority, alongside de-acidification.
We use the following anti-inflammatory substances at the clinic:
- Procaine-alkaline infusions: the ‘magic ingredient’ in neural therapy is procaine (see below). In addition to its strong anti-inflammatory effect, procaine is also very good for promoting blood circulation and de-acidification. In combination with sodium bicarbonate (an alkaline buffer) procaine has been the standard infusion for our pain therapy for many years. ProcCluster®, a combination of both active ingredients, is a further development that is only released in over-acidified tissue and therefore has a targeted and particularly long-lasting effect.
- Vitamin C infusions: in addition to its anti-inflammatory effect, vitamin C protects cells from oxidative stress, an additional stress factor for every chronic Inflammation.
- Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA): inflammation-inhibiting and anti-oxidative, detoxifying and neuro-regenerative. An important therapy, particularly in the case of pain with a neuropathic component. It helps us to discontinue the use of medicines such as Lyrica® or, at least, considerably reduce the dose.
- Curcumin: it inhibits the central inflammation promotor NF-kappa-B. Its anti-inflammatory effect can be compared with Voltaren® (diclofenac), but without dangerous side-effects – so it can be used as a long-term medication without problems.
- Frankincense: inhibits 5-lipoxygenase (a pro-inflammatory enzyme) and therefore works like cortisone, though without having its side-effects.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: insufficiently present in our food and should therefore be added for its strong inflammation-inhibiting and anti-oxidative effects.
- we mix other inflammation-inhibiting substances together to simplify ingestion. The components include EGCG (a constituent of green tea), SAMe, resveratrol, MSM, quercetin, etc.
An infusion treatment is often worthwhile for acute states. Combination with vital field therapy has proved very effective.
LIEBSCHER AND BRACHT PAIN THERAPY
We have been using this method since 2010. This successful method became even more popular in October 2017, when a book on the method (Die Arthrose Lüge – The Arthritis Lie) suddenly reached the top of Germany’s bestseller list for non-fiction. The method is based on treatment of the muscles, tendons and fasciae. A study at the German Sport University in Cologne impressively demonstrated that Liebscher and Bracht pain therapy could successfully overcome pain – regardless of whether structural damage such as slipped discs or arthritis had taken place or not. This method is now also used in top-class sport. It is suitable for patients of all ages.
The therapy consists of two components:
- Pain point pressure: pain point pressure applied using the Liebscher and Bracht method relieves muscular tensions with hitherto unknown efficiency. More than 90% of patients report a clear 70 – 100% reduction in pain after just one session.
- Bottleneck stretching: the special bottleneck stretches of the Liebscher and Bracht method lead to a normalisation of the muscular balance. You thus remain permanently free of pain.
In cases of chronic pain there is frequently hyper-acidification of the intercellular tissue (the extracellular matrix). This can be caused by: damage to the mitochondria, a poor diet, insufficient movement (also due to pain), pain medication, as well as activation of the inflammation cascade and the central stress axes by the pain itself. Pain receptors are found in the extracellular matrix and, when hyper-acidification occurs, they are many times more sensitive and pain is perceived significantly more strongly.
We use the following substances to de-acidify the extracellular matrix, to regenerate the mitochondria, and to restore physiological cell respiration:
- ProcCluster (see above): in addition to its strongly anti-inflammatory effect, this infusion leads to de-acidification of the extracellular matrix and is therefore very helpful, particularly at the start of a pain therapy.
- Dichloroacetate (DCA): in the case of damage to the mitochondria leading to repeated pyruvate production due to the fermentation of sugar, this substance can reactivate the enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) in the mitochondria and thus promote energy generation by the metabolism of glucose using oxygen. As a result of the ‘recycling’ of pyruvate in the mitochondria, it is not degraded to lactic acid – and lactic acid is no longer produced. The ‘acid tap’ is ‘turned off’.
- Germanium: acidic environments contain greater amounts of H+ ions. These bond with the oxygen atoms of the organic germanium, leading to de-acidification of the extracellular matrix.
A change of diet is a prerequisite for improving the cell environment. Please see the chapter on Nutritional Medicine.
We consider this form of therapy to be the therapy for disturbances in the autonomic nervous system. We use procaine for neural therapy. One of procaine’s main effects is to interrupt the transmission of pain, both in the region of the pain fibres and by inhibiting the stress associated with the sympathetic nervous system. Procaine is either systemically infused in combination with the alkaline buffer sodium bicarbonate (ProcCluster® or a procaine-alkaline infusion) or injected locally into the skin, in muscle, at or in tissues, and at nerves or ganglia (nerve cell nodes).
An overview of the main effects of procaine shows that it is not just beneficial in pain therapy:
- inhibits inflammation processes
- reduces pain sensations
- promotes circulation down to the capillary system
- promotes lymphatic draining
- accelerates the healing of wounds
- supports de-acidification
- supports detoxification
- inhibits the growth of cancer cells
- regenerates anti-cancer genes (e.g. p53)
- reduces stress by calming the sympathetic nervous system
- supports parasympathetic activity (a prerequisite for self-healing)
- helps in overcoming psychological problems by ‘resetting’ the limbic system
- promotes the formation of serotonin (the ‘happiness’ hormone)
- promotes the formation of melatonin (improves the quality of sleep)
- regenerates the structure and function of the intercellular tissue (extracellular matrix), improving all metabolic processes and intercellular communication
In neural therapy one differentiates between segment therapy and interference zone therapy:
- Segment therapy: Procaine is used as a therapy in the affected part of the body: injections in the skin, in muscular trigger points, ligaments, fasciae and muscle insertions, joints, at nerves and ganglia, as well as at or in blood vessels.
- Interference zone therapy: One describes a subliminal, non-perceptible local chronic inflammation or irritation as an interference zone. Interference zones act as so-called neuro-modulatory triggers, i.e. the chronic irritation maintains a constant activation of the stress axes and the inflammation cascade. This can lead to disturbances or symptoms in distant parts of the body.
Typical interference zones are subliminal chronic inflammations of the pharyngeal and palatal tonsils, the nasal sinuses, the dental and jaw regions, the prostate, the gynaecological region, the intestinal mucous membrane, and scars of all sorts. Procaine overcomes these chronic inflammations thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory and neuro-modulatory properties. The chronic trigger is extinguished, improving the regulatory capability of the body so that symptoms can disappear.
VITAL FIELD TECHNOLOGY
Vital field technology is ideal for treating chronic pain, particularly in combination with anti-inflammatory and de-acidifying infusions.
Tolerance of injections or manual therapies is sometimes low, particularly at the start of pain therapy. Patients have mostly already gone through many unsuccessful attempted treatments of these types. This physical therapy treats regulatory disturbances using electrical and electromagnetic frequencies.
Many highly effective treatment programmes have been developed specifically for chronic pain. Electromagnetic action on the muscle fasciae and the extracellular matrix, in particular, often leads to a rapid reduction in pain.
In the case of pain caused by rheumatic illnesses, frequency therapy also leads to an improvement of the symptoms (particularly if there is also swelling of the joints) by inhibiting the inflammation cascade.
HiToP® PAIN THERAPY
This therapy is sometimes a minor miracle in treating acute pain (e.g. distortion of the upper ankle), though this physical procedure is also highly effective for treating persistent pain in the region of joints or the spine. The alternating currents applied during HiToP therapy stimulate the cells within the electric field so they vibrate very slightly. This accelerates the body’s own metabolic pathways, leading to re-activation of blocked healing processes. The various cell structures are specifically stimulated optimally by modulation at a variety of frequencies between 4,096 and 32,768 Hertz.
This leads to:
- accelerated diffusion (distribution)
- improved supply of oxygen, vitamins, minerals and trace elements to the tissues
- accelerated removal of inflammation and pain mediators, as well as acids stored in the tissues (e.g. lactic acid and uric acid)
- the promotion of re-absorption of liquid accumulations in the tissues (e.g. haematomas, oedemas)
- increased cell energy due to the enlargement and propagation of mitochondria (the powerhouses of cells).
- promotion of regeneration, e.g. proven accelerated healing of bones through activation of the osteoblasts, as well as accelerated healing of wounds due to increased cell division.
Highly effective lymphatic drainage is possible using a special setting.