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How Physical Vascular Therapy helps with Back Pain

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“BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy” uses a scientifically proven method to transmit stimulation signals to the precapillary arterioles and postcapillary venoles. The purpose of these signals is to ensure that the arteriole and venoles move better and faster again, driving vasomotion. This enables medicines administered against back pain to reach their destination by ensuring that the blood flow in the capillaries is more effective and once again adequate. But this is not the only benefit. The improved circulation in the capillaries can ensure that the supply to the cells works better again and that waste products can be correctly disposed of. The stimulation signals for the precapillary arterioles and postcapillary venoles and are transmitted into the body using electromagnetic fields.

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About Back Pain

Treatment of Back Pain with “BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy”

Back pain has long been one of the most widespread health problems in Germany. Anyone who only suffers from it occasionally for a brief period can count themselves lucky, and there are many people afflicted with chronic back pain. The reasons for this are many, starting from uneven loads to malposition to lack of exercise. The lack of exercise in particular can be a real problem, because this encourages muscular atrophy, which affects not only back health, but also blood flow. Circulatory disorders (e.g. in the musculature) in turn can be a cause of back pain.

Why Blood Flow is so Important

Blood flow in the body is so important because the blood supplies the body's cells with critical substances and also transports away metabolic by-products. The circulatory system from the heart via the major arteries is very effective in this connection, as there is plenty of pressure. But these arteries branch out, becoming increasingly finer and thinner, causing a drop in pressure. Now, to transport the blood to the cells, the muscle cells must squeeze the vessels to enable the blood to flow forwards. Only then does it arrive at the cells, enabling it to supply them and dispose of waste products. This process is also important when administering medication against back pain. They can only have their proper effect if the active substances reach the cells. For it to work perfectly, the vessels surrounding the muscle layers must contract often enough. These movements, referred to in medical jargon as vasomotions, decline as we get older and are further reduced as a result of muscular atrophy. If the cells can no longer be properly supplied, it is no longer possible, for example, to transport the active substances of medicines for back pain to these cells.

“BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy” Can Provide Help

This is where “BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy” can be useful. This therapy uses stimulation signals that enter the body via electromagnetic fields. They stimulate vasomotion, enabling the vessels to move more and better supply the body's cells. This not only increases the general sense of well-being as a result of the metabolic waste products being transported away and nutrients being supplied to the cells again; it also enables medicines against back pain to be better transported to where they take effect.

Volkskrankheit RückenschmerzenThe Wide Spread of Back Pain

Back pain has long been a widespread affliction in Germany. At least one in five women and one in seven men even suffers from chronic back pain, which lasts more than twelve weeks. The causes are just as varied as the types of back pain that can occur.

Types of Back Pain

Back pain can be categorized by its duration and type of pain. Acute back pain disappears within a few days to a few weeks, sub-acute pain lasts longer than six weeks, and chronic pain lasts longer than twelve weeks. Among the types of pain is radicular pain, which is attributable to irritated nerve roots. This irritation is often caused by constriction of the nerve root, for example when slipping a disc. There is also pseudoradicular pain. The pain is similar to the above, but the back pain does not emanate from the supply area of a nerve. Other forms of back pain are lumbago (occurs very suddenly), pain in the small of the back radiating into the legs, and simple leg pain.

Causes of Back Pain

There are many different causes of back pain; they can be organic and physical and/or can be caused by malposition and improper loads, which in turn causes muscle tension in the back. This tension then causes the discomfort in the back and is considered its most frequent cause. Other causes of back pain are obesity and lack of exercise, weakened back and/or stomach muscles, worn joints or signs of wear on the spinal column, herniated discs and trapped nerves, drafts, and bone atrophy or circulatory disorders in the spinal cord, to name a few. Back pain is also made more likely by diseases such as pancreatitis and kidney stones. Malposition is a particularly frequent cause of back pain. It arises as a result of improper or imbalanced loads that cause the pain. A change in posture suppresses this pain – the new posture is assumed for a longer period, causing malposition to develop. Here, certain muscles remain taught, which can also cause back pain in the long term.

How is back pain experienced?

Almost two thirds of back pain is in the lower back. It can also be experienced in the middle and upper back, and around the cervical spine. Back pain often occurs concurrently with muscle pain or radiates into the leg. It is also possible that mobility may be impaired when back pain occurs. Muscle tension and stiff joints in the morning as well as general fatigue may herald back pain, even if it often cannot be recognized as such. Back pain may also have secondary symptoms. Examples of these are a general feeling of weakness, numbness in the arms and legs, or even paralysis in the arms and legs.

How can back pain be prevented?

To prevent back pain, you could engage in movement exercises. Regular exercise improves the metabolism in the vertebral discs and can help to train the muscles in general. Recommended sports are those that enable you to train your endurance while protecting your back, for example swimming, walking and cycling. Special approaches should also be taken to typical everyday movements. When bending, apply the bulk of the load to your legs by crouching and keeping your back straight. The same applies to correct lifting techniques. Here, the legs are spread at hip width, and the object to be carried is lifted up close to the body. All other lifting movements place the discs in the lower spine under particular strain, resulting in back pain in the long run. Uneven loads should absolutely be avoided. Shopping, for example, can be spread over two bags, which also incidentally allows for a straight posture. Sitting a lot in the office also causes an uneven strain that can encourage back pain. In this case, correct sitting postures and as much switching between standing, sitting and walking are helpful here. Sit-to-stand desks are suitable for this. Last but not least, this is important to avoid obesity, as this can also cause back pain. It places a great strain on the back, creating the potential for back pain. Severe obesity also frequently impairs blood flow, hindering the transport of active medicinal substances to their destination and also impairing the body's own supply and disposal mechanisms in the cells.

How is back pain traditionally treated?

Traditional therapies against back pain are a mixture of pharmaceutical therapies, sensory treatment with heat, sport and exercise, massages and acupuncture, behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques, and even operations in worst-case scenarios. In many cases, however, the medicines do not work – for the simple reason they do not get to where they are needed in the body. This is caused by problems with circulation in the body.

How does circulation work in the human body?

Around 80 to 100 trillion cells exist in the human body and are in need of supply. The blood performs this job and is circulated ceaselessly through the body. Blood circulation is broken down into macrocirculation, microcirculation and vasomotion. Most macrocirculation takes place between the heart and the major arteries. The blood is first pumped through the major arteries, which in turn continue to branch out, becoming ever smaller and ever thinner. Eventually, these branches are thinner than a human hair and end in capillaries. The circulation of blood in these capillaries is then referred to as microcirculation. It is here that the actual exchange of substances takes place. This is where the body's cells are supplied with nutrients and waste products are transported away from them. This exchange is why the microcirculation is also considered to be the most important part of the supply system in the human body. Before the microcirculation is reached, however, the pressure at which the blood is pumped through the body decreases. From here, it can only be transported further by having the muscle cells of the vessels contract. This enables them to constrict the vessels around the capillaries rhythmically, driving the blood forward. This contraction and relaxation of the layers of muscle, which is done rhythmically in alternation with the release action, is referred to in medicine as vasomotion. Vasomotion must take place often enough for the blood to enter the relevant areas as needed. Between three and five muscular contractions every minute is normal for a healthy young person. The rate of this vasomotion generally declines, for example as we get older. If this vasomotion rate is too low, the body's cells can no longer be adequately supplied with the requisite nutrients. The removal of metabolic waste products is also no longer possible. This causes tablets administered for back pain to no longer be effective. This is where BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is recommended.