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What is Inflammation

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a self defence process of the body in which white blood cells and associated cells they produce protect us from infection from foreign organisms like bacteria and viruses. Inflammation response is triggered by the body's immune system to protect tissue from harm and balance the cells.

What causes inflammation and the effects on the body

When inflammation occurs chemicals from your white blood cells are released into your blood, damaged or infected body tissue. This increases blood flow to the area and usually means it feels hot and looks red. Depending on what has caused the inflammation fluid may go into surrounding tissue and cause swelling.

This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.

The increase in fluid from the inflammation response and tissue damage may increase pain with movement. The inflammation response in lots of cases works directly with the pain response and is initially protection then healing and repair. In the case of acute inflammation antibodies and proteins are released and the redness and swelling lasts a few hours or days.

The problem with inflammation is when the response lingers, leaving the body on high alert and constantly releasing chemicals into the area, this leads to a negative impact on the tissues and organs and more pain.

Chronic inflammation plays a large role in a number of diseases, some types of arthritis are the result of inflammation.

Inflammation arthritis below

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Gout arthritis

Other inflammation conditions of the joints and musculoskeletal system include osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular lower back pain and neck pain.

How is Inflammation treated?

In a perfect world it would not need treating as the response is first to protect the tissue, joint etc then to go through a healing process.

Treatment Goals of Inflammation are:-

  • Correct, control, or slow down the underlying disease process and find the source or reason for inflammation and correct, usually with medication
  • Avoid or modify activities that aggravate pain and Inflammation
  • Relieve pain through pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Maintain joint movement and muscle strength through physical therapy
  • Decrease stress on the joints by using supports, or walking aids as needed

Depending on the cause of inflammation movement is essential to aid with recovery both while the area is in inflammation and post the inflammation episode.

The type of treatment prescribed will depend on several factors, including the type of disease, the person's age, type of medications he or she is taking, overall health, medical history, and severity of symptoms.

Initially medication is over the counter Paracetamol for pain and Ibuprofen for inflammation.

Post GP visit the drugs will do the same but be stronger for example Tramacet for pain and Naproxen for anti inflammation. Other medications to treat any infections is also given depending on the cause.

The next stages vary depending on success of manual therapy and previous medication. If pain and swelling is still a problem Corticosteroids injected into the site of pain along with an analysis of the swelling to look at infection and medical options.

Alternative Treatment for Inflammation

For acute injury to a joint compression and ice are effective in aiding the body's natural response. This followed by a structured period of rest ice and heat along with movement will aid recovery significantly.

InterX Treatment is effective in treating inflammation and pain (more detail on how interX Treatment is effective for pain relief here)

Chronic inflammation is when the body is in a constant immune response so is always fighting infection or disease. This response is supported chemically from your "Gut" and digestive system. This is usually out of balance and inflamed itself in chronic situations and needs re balancing. Nutritionist support is key along with specific supplements to help with the inflammation.

Turmeric

The active anti-inflammatory element of Turmeric is curcumin. This has been used in Chinese medicine to reduce inflammation, treat digestive issues, infections and surface wounds.

Green Tea

Again Green Tea has been used in Chinese Medicine to help with Heart conditions green tea can be an effective anti-inflammatory, particularly in the treatment of arthritis. It can also reduce inflammation of the digestive tract, potentially helping conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Ginger

Numerous research papers cite Ginger as having a positive anti-inflammatory response and in some cases more effective than traditional non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger also impacts on genes for inflammation and can help break the inflammation cycle.

Other supplements are White Willow bark, Maritime Pine Bark, Chilli Peppers, Cats Claw, Rosemary, Cloves and Cinnamon.

Nutritional support and supplements should be used in combination with a balanced diet and nutritional support from an experienced Nutritionist.

Pain and Inflammation Link

Pain and inflammation tend to be linked and are circular in nature as one increases it stimulates the other to increase. Medication is targeted to suppress the cycle but not address the root cause or help the problem heal. InterX Treatment reduces inflammation by targeting the inflammation site and re energising the cells to work aerobically and the move out of the way. Simultaneously the InterX is stimulating the brain to release more pain and anti-inflammatory endorphins and cells to treat the painful area. Remember Inflammation is good as long as the cells are energised and working correctly to move to a healing phase. InterX treatment can help more information here.  

What is Pain?

What is Pain?

Pain is a signal sent through nerve fibres to the brain for interpretation on what to do. Severe pain causes a reflex for the body to move or support a body part. For example touching something hot results in the message only travelling to the spinal cord and having a reflex to move which is why it's fast.

 Pain is a sensory experience to allow the brain to decide what to do and the experience is different for everybody. There are different ways to feel and describe pain and this can make it difficult to define the root cause and to treat.

Pain can be short term lasting only a few days or long term lasting years. It can stay in one place in the body or move around and can vary in intensity throughout the day.  

Types of Pain

Pain can be acute or chronic 

Acute Pain tends to intense and short lived. The acute phase is only about 2 to 4 weeks. Injury tends to link to tissue damage and can range from dropping something on your foot to an impact injury from a fall. The body and brain respond to acute pain by flooding the area with pain relief cells so reducing the intensity. You also tend to modify your movement so as not to aggravate the point of injury and pain.

For example if you break your arm, you immediately have acute intense pain. Your body floods the area with pain relief cells and you hold the arm to stop it moving. As you go to hospital the pain reduces as long as you keep your arm immobilised. The hospital then ensure your arm is straight then plaster the arm for long term immobilisation while it heals. The body continues to send pain relief cells and inflammation cells that start repairing the break. After a short time the pain is reduced and the bone after six weeks is repaired.

Chronic Pain last far longer than acute pain. It is often difficult to resolve. Chronic pain can be mild or severe in intensity, it can be constantly in the background like with arthritis, or intermittent like migraines. Chronic pain tends to be always there some days or points in the day its less painful, at other points or day days it is worse depending on activity or time of day.

With chronic pain the nerve signals to the brain slow down and stop as the nervous system becomes used to the pain stimulus and essentially ignores it. This is why people who have chronic pain cope well and have what is described as a high pain threshold. The nerves are constantly sending pain signals to the brain some are ignored and deemed normal and others for example when moving with a bad back are received, that is why the chronic pain fluctuates in intensity.

Describing Pain

InterX pain clinic use a pain diary (available here) to help track and describe pain. This is essential as it focuses on the type of pain, the intensity, area, time of day and for how long. This pain information helps identify patterns and coping mechanisms in dealing with pain and helps point to the root cause.

Diagnosing the source of pain relies on the patient's own description and interpretation. The magnitude or intensity of the pain can be described on a pain scale 1 to 10 with 1 been no pain and 10 been severe.

  • The character of all the pain felt by the patient, for example stabbing, shooting or burning pain tends to be more intense or acute. Whereas throbbing or aching tend to be more chronic pain.
  • The site of pain, does it radiate from a point or spread.
  • What makes the pain worse or less painful
  • When in the day is the highest pain level, or most difficult to cope with
  • Is Pain impacting on sleep and rest linking to daily life and mood
  • What is your understanding of the pain you are in

Most of the above points are covered in the downloadable pain diary. However the areas above help to focus you on specifics with pain and guide you more towards a root cause.

Treatment of Pain

Medication is the standard first line in treating pain and falls into two camps, either pain killers or anti inflammatory drugs. They vary in strength depending on the intensity of the pain. Over the counter drugs work for short term pain issues. Anything longer than a few days and prescription medication maybe needed along with a GP consultation. Acute or severe pain is usually dealt with in a hospital environment while under observation.

Medication acts to switch off the nerves sending the pain messages to the brain. They work on the chemical centre of the nerve and block the messaging. As they work on the chemical portion of a nerve they only last a short time before another dose is needed. Nerve communication is 2% chemical and 98% electrical which is why InterX treatment is so effective in pain relief and much longer lasting (more information on InterX treatment Here).

Nerve Blocks: These take varying forms but essentially they are a surgical injection into the painful area or nerve root.

Surgery: There are extensive surgical procedures to help with joint pain, from replacement joints to joint fusion and spinal cord stimulation

Alternatives to Medication

Acupuncture: Uses a needles at specific points to target nerve stimulation and reduce pain. Acupuncture is a very effective pain treatment and is under used as a pain treatment strategy.

Physical Manipulation: Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths are excellent and physical manipulation and helping correct body posture and joint alignment. They are able to reset the body and work on the soft tissue of the body.

Relaxation Therapies: This covers a wide range of treatment and is effective in isolation or as part of a combined therapy. Yoga, meditation, massage therapy, distraction techniques, and tai chi.

Hypnosis: This is very effective in helping with physical pain that links to mental trauma or stress. This helps to take away the mental baggage that is causing the physical pain. This can be used in conjunction with Psychotherapy and Cogitative Behavioural therapy (CBT).

Heat, Cold and Rest: are all effective in helping treat pain, rest especially is under- utilised.

InterX Treatment: Works through the nerves and is highly effective at treating pain and is available at InterX Pain Clinic. More information on InterX Treatment is available here

With effective pain management, it is possible to maintain daily activities, social engagement, and an active quality of life.

Some Pain Relief Tips and Strategies are available here

What is InterX Treatment and How does it work?

What Is InterX Treatment?

InterX is a type of therapy that uses ‘interactive neurostimulation’ to promote healing whilst being non-invasive. It is used as a new medical technology for treating pain, and inflammation promoting natural accelerated healing and for injury treatment.

InterX Therapy was originally designed for NASA and for astronauts to keep them in peak health. This treatment has been shown to be effective across many more conditions than originally expected, so it’s now used to help more patients be as active as possible along with been pain free. Athletes and high profile sports clubs use InterX therapy devices every day around the world, and it’s helping them to treat many different issues. InterX Therapy is used extensively in the USA and Australia with  an increase in Europe particularly Spain and Italy.

How Does InterX Treatment Work?

This is a unique technology to most others out there, and it’s based on an ancient technique from Tibet, known as “tapping”. Instead of tapping with the tips of the fingers, InterX devices use an electrical pulse at very specific frequencies. The feedback helps to adjust the pulse characteristics and this allows the body to hone in on the cause of the pain and injury, jump-starts the healing process and allows for a much faster recovery time for the patient. It’s a better way of helping pain non-invasively and without drugs. InterX is designed to promote the body’s own healing without a reliance on medication, providing natural and sustained pain relief without the associated side effects. It’s also excellent as an alternative for those who react to medication and so struggle to benefit from mainstream treatment.

Is InterX Safe?

InterX Treatment is a safe and effective form of treatment and works for both children and adults. It’s safe because the stimulation is incredibly precise - targeting the exact right place with the right intensity. It’s also time-dosed to avoid over-stimulation. The stimulation is limited to the skin, which is why it’s optimal for hip and knee replacements, with amazing results demonstrated in peer-reviewed studies (Click Here). It’s currently in use by many hospitals across the world, though currently not available through the NHS or Private medical healthcare. This is fairly typical as many homeopathic and osteopathic remedies are not available through the UK public healthcare system. The InterX is an outstanding tool for treating pain. The Medical device has all the required global safety and approval standards and InterX Experts have extensive clinical training

What Will InterX Treatment Work On?

The list is extensive as identified below, the areas that InterX Pain Clinic are specialists in and  focus on are Back Pain and associated Issues, Shoulder Pain, and Knee and Hip replacement rehabilitation

There are a variety of pains and injuries that the InterX works well for, including:

Sports Injuries

Whether fresh or long term, the InterX can work on the following sports injuries:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Muscular and ligament strains
  • Achilles tendon injuries

Workplace Injuries

Injuries can and do happen at work, and these can be helped with the right InterX therapy. The injuries that it can help include:

  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Disc problems
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Other Pain

Other pain and complex conditions that can be helped with InterX Therapy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

The Treatment

Treatment with InterX Therapy typically takes anywhere between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes. Patients will typically feel pain relief and or an increase in mobility post first treatment, which is why it’s cited to be so effective. The course of treatment will vary from patient to patient, but generally it is important to have a series of 6 to 10  treatments close together to be effective in the long term.

Post-treatment

Patients should wait and watch to monitor the changes in their body. A Pain Diary is available here.  Some patients will feel the difference straight away, others it will take a few days. The area where the InterX was applied can sometimes ache after treatment. Don’t worry, this is a common reaction and it should be noted in the pain diary. As the treatment is progressive as indicated in the diagram below, pain drops on average 20% post treatment so 6 treatments lead to a significant reduction in pain. InterX Clinic will be able to locate the source of the pain and use the InterX device to help.

Benefits of InterX Treatment

There are many benefits to choosing InterX for pain relief treatment, and these include:

You may not need to use medication to relieve pain when having InterX Treatment. A lack of drugs can dramatically reduce the potential side effects that you’re exposed to throughout recovery. Many Clients reduce pain medication throughout the course of treatment and a significant number don't need any medication post a InterX Treatment Plan

InterX Pain Clinic use mobility movements and exercise to help enhance the InterX effect for greater healing.

This treatment is non-invasive. You don't have to deal with messy gels or lubricants, electrodes or wires. It’s all done with one instrument and the pulse only penetrates the skin a fraction of a mm to interact with the nerve system.

You can combine InterX very easily with other therapies.

What To Expect From Treatment

The Goal for InterX Pain Clinic is to be Pain Free!

In most cases a 80% + reduction in pain post first series of Treatment. InterX Treatment is a comfortable treatment that involves applying the device to the skin. The electrical pulse will feel like a vibration or tingle and your therapist will adjust it as necessary throughout the treatment process. Depending on the complexity of your pain, the treatment can last up to an hour and a half and you’ll likely feel relief quite quickly. The full effects of the treatment will be felt within a couple of hours and you’ll benefit from it for a few days. A series of treatments can help you to feel the benefits long term.

Activating the nerve endings is important, but it may cause a little aggravation of the symptoms your pain gives you, such as exhaustion or light-headedness. You may also experience the positive side effect of better sleep. It's essential to drink about a litre of extra water post treatment to help with flushing out toxins.

Warning! Some patients have a dramatic pain drop and feel great, its important to realise that in this instance your body is healing and not to do anything out of the ordinary and maintain your treatment plan.

Whether on its own or with other therapies, InterX can be an excellent treatment option to help with your healing and recovery process.

Complex Pain

Complex Pain tends to develop over a period of time and has many factors that play a contributing role. As with any pain the body tends to compensate for an issue. For example; lower back pain tends to mean that hips, knees and ankles modify posture to help with pain while standing. Shoulders, neck and upper back modify position when sitting. This can be due to lots of triggers like repetitive physical stress, sitting poorly for extended periods of time, lifting or moving objects. Complex Pain is also linked to fibromyalgia and related conditions.

I met Michaela who was having different pain levels in shoulders, back, hips and calves at different points of the day. The pain varied in intensity which is normal in chronic pain issues and moved around the body which is also normal in complex pain cases. Michaela worked in a garden centre with a very physical and varied job. Easy problems related to lifting and the type of tasks been carried out, wish it was that easy!

Looking for pain triggers  proved difficult as tasks were so varied and were at different times of the day, on each day. Micheala found using a pain diary (click here) very useful in identifying tasks that were pain triggers. The only consistent pain increase related to task was Micheala's lower back and unloading bedding plants. Using InterX I was able to scan for pain points, and hot spots, areas of high nerve pain activity. This allowed for an objective map of the pain in Michaela's body. Then using the InterX device I was able to treat all of the pain areas to reduce the pain and inflammation over a course of 4 weeks. In between treatments I worked on some specific posture exercises and modified how Michalela worked and moved to protect her back.

Accelerated Recovery from Knee Replacement Surgery

I first met Julie 2 weeks post knee replacement surgery. Julie had opted for my home based accelerated recovery programme over 4 weeks. Julie was very able and keen to get back to full time work and her normal activities. Initial session is looking at base line and starting point for pain inflammation and mobility. Julie was able to complete the physio directed exercise and had a good degree of home independence.

The main focus of knee replacement Physio in the first six weeks is to protect the surgery not to help the patient recover. The key elements are bending past 90 degrees and past 110 degrees is desirable. Coupled with this is a focus on getting the knee straight to support general movement. Most patients focus on building up the front of the leg but the calf muscle is always key to support and mobility.

Julie could bend her knee well with 90 degrees and was close to straight, so the initial focus was movement with crutches and building up mobility and strength for everyday activities. Stairs are always a challenge and focus for first week and training along with Range of Movements and power building.

The second week is walking and working with one crutch and standing and bending on one leg for balance and confidence.  Mobility movement increases swelling and InterX helps reduce the impact along with reducing pain from surgery. Third week is walking without crutches in the house and outside learning to walk differently. Final week of the four week programme extends independence and strength and power to do activities along with jumping. This stage Julie smashed and exceeded targets by working extremely hard and had to be reigned in as was working too hard with not enough rest.

Julies personal goals were to be able do everything before osteoarthritis with a focus on extended walking and gym fitness and training. Julie had several additional sessions to help with swelling a pain from working so hard in recovery. Julie is now walking extensive distances and training regularly and back to full time work. 

Recovery takes time and InterX speeds this process up to normal recovery targets extended goals take longer and the patient commitment is extensive to achieve the goals 

My Hip replacement Journey Week 2

Week 2

7 days post surgery is significant as general things are becoming easier and some challenges you have overcome. You have a general system of the day but I knew I needed to push.

I had only done short walks outside mainly due to the weather and wanted to get out and do more. I had increased my exercises in the morning to 5 sets of 8 which for some was challenging. I ended up walking outside for about a 1000 metres with a continuous movement see video below.

I was over the moon at been able to complete such a large distance with crutches and it gave me a fantastic sense of achievement. Health and Safety warning post walk, I had high levels of muscle fatigue and slept for 3 hours the longest I had slept in one go since the surgery and my enforced sleeping on back position. I totally forgot how tiring walking can be early post surgery, note to self remember rest.

Day 8

Suffered from working too hard the day before and swelling was not just in my hip but was moving down my leg.

 Due to how the hip replacement is done depends on how much bruising you have, I had the manipulation type see left

Sitting was hard today and kept having cramp in my calf from yesterdays exploits.

Day 9

Interesting day as my wife was at work while my daughter was at school. This means lots of preparation and anticipation. You still get frustrated and while using a flask is ok its nicer to drink from a cup in the lounge. It also highlights little things when you are on your own, more trips because you forget everything.

Exercises went well today really pushed myself and went for the same walk as before so really pleased.

Day 10

Today is not normal as I have to do a check list for our trip to Ireland using the ferry. This was pre booked in the summer prior to knowing I had an operation. The amount of items we needed were ridiculous like toilet seat perching stool etc and planning the car as I was sitting in the back as not driving.

My wife gets everything loaded just and we set off for the night ferry, 3 hours driving to Hollyhead with two stops is very uncomfortable. The ferry was ok they were extremely helpful and I could stand and walk around a bit. The 3 hour drive in Ireland was not funny and my backside was painful!

Day 11, 12, 13

Recover from travelling and sleep loads catching up from the journey. The environment is great as we are at my wife's parents house for Christmas and they live in a bungalow so no stairs yippee!

Work hard on the exercises and practice walking a few steps without crutches which is exhilarating and frightening at the same time, feel real progress. I am doing exercises twice a day and have increased the number along with an hour and half of interX treatment its paying off.

My Hip Replacement Journey Week 1

You Live every minute of the first day of surgery and recovery and day 2 is also a roller coaster and depending on your surgery you can go home which also presents a whole load of new challenges

Day 2

Always an early start in hospital and today will be a frenzy of activity. First I have a physiotherapy assessment and exercise session at 8am. I do very well, so and hour later I am doing physiotherapy  again in order to pass tests of stairs and walking, which I do. I need to pass these to be able to go home. Its then off to  Xray, organise transport, collect the biggest bag of medication to be able to leave and I am home by 2pm on Tuesday 11 December,  29 hours after first entering the waiting room.

The reality now sets in and you have to get used to your home environment and that is hard initially. The first week at home, my wife was off work to support me and that makes a huge difference as you have limited mobility and simple things are difficult with crutches like making a drink and carrying things.

I have only one daughter and she struggled with lack of attention and seeing my vulnerability, something not seen before and I didn't manage that as well as I could have.

Stairs are a major issue for people who have had hip or knee surgery, as getting up and down is difficult, tiring and a risk due to falling. You only ever practice stairs once in hospital and they are not steep, they are a slip resistant surface, wide with a hand rail on both sides. At home my stairs are steep narrow and only one hand rail. This along with the fact of a toilet upstairs and you do too many trips up and down which is draining.

I had loads of visitors on my return home which was great but extremely tiring, I would suggest people spread visitors out as otherwise you have all or nothing which becomes a problem later in recovery.

I struggled in the evening as I had sat more today, had the travel home and the stress of the hospital morning and getting sorted out at home. Sleep is hard initially as for the first weeks you have to sleep on your back which I don't do and also it helps if are elevated with lots of pillows or cushions. Hospital beds do have some great features you miss like the grab handle above the bed and adaptability.

Day 3

Getting up and initially moving was fine and felt great and positive. The treadmill of life starts with breakfast and the school run  which you cannot really help with and also its difficult to help yourself moving and carrying things are hard.

I stress to clients to do the mobility exercises I set in the morning as its easier to make more of a habit and you do them more often. I went through the sheet I had been given from the hospital and added an additional five exercises. I went through the circuit 3 times doing 8 repetitions of each.

Stairs a lot today as your body gets rid of the drugs it has had and the swelling starts on your hip and leg from the trauma of the surgery. At home you tend to sit more watch TV and chat in the lounge. This is great as it is resting but highlights two problems; firstly for hip operations you are sitting on a very swollen hip and back side and for knee operations your knee is usually bent and swelling. Both these situations are very uncomfortable and you must walk short distances frequently.

Rest movement balance is difficult initially but I recommend at least and hour in bed mid morning and mid afternoon even if just lying down and reading is more restful than sitting.

Mid Afternoon I had interX treatment over my whole hip area and leg down to my knee. Treatment is about an hour and half and helps immensely. The treatment works through the skin and stimulates the body to release pain endorphins to help with recovery. I had no medication post leaving the hospital on Tuesday and InterX was used exclusivity for pain relief.

Felt very tired early evening and went to bed early. I rested but found sleep difficult and only has short hour bursts. I also found I needed the toilet several times in the night which getting in and out of bed is difficult and feels painful as everything stretches. On the positive side everything was working so the medication from surgery was been flushed out.

Days 4-5-6-7

You get into a routine quickly in this early rehabilitation phase with getting up doing Rehabilitation exercises, walking around and doing some basic things like drink making, resting in bed a couple of times a day and having as session of interX therapy daily.

These initial days fly by and the swelling from my surgery is all down my leg along with bruising from the manipulation of my leg during the procedure. Washing is difficult as with hip surgery you have to be very careful with bending and you have to keep your wound dressing dry a challenge for the shower!

The Thrombosis socks are great; really tight, uncomfortable, itch and are very hard to get on. All the aids they give you and I had no chance of getting them on or off. Socks and shoes in general are hard but this is a whole other level. The only positive is that they keep your lower legs warm when walking outside oh and stop thrombosis and help with circulation. I wore mine for 4 weeks 24 hours a day, they do help with circulation and swelling so would advise to wear them.

It was cold and raining when I first came out of hospital so was inside, on Sunday 6 days post surgery went for a short walk and it was great

InterX Treatment of Lower Back Pain in a semi Pro Footballer

Tyler had played professional football when he was younger at a high level and after been released worked a regular job. 

Finding his passion Tyler started his own business and was able to combine the training and playing of semi pro football.

Due to his physical job and training, Tyler started to have increasing issues and pain with his lower back. Tyler tried the conventional route of physio and seeing a chiropractor which had some impact but not lasting.Tyler approached me for a different treatment and style of physical rehabilitation.

Initial consultation isolated the triggers for pain and the back position, and postural issues. Reviewed Tyler's walking gait and found he was a toe striker altering his balance and posture. We also reviewed his running gait and biomechanics as his goal was to be back playing football.

After training or working there is always a level of fatigue and muscles feel tired in the case of the lower back tension can cause compression on the lower back and pain in the lower spine. Tyler was getting woken up in the night and had a very tense back in the morning when getting up.

Targeted the area of pain with the interX medical device and treated all of Tyler's spine with a focus on the  lower back. In addition worked on muscle release of the neck and stimulation of the vagus nerve to help with accelerated pain relief.

With a reduction in pain Tyler was able to do the specific mobility exercise to enable him to exercise and train effectively. Tyler had 4 sessions in total and is now running and training pain free 

InterX Allowed for lasting pain relief and the introduction of mobility exercise to enable accelerated healing.


My Hip Replacement Journey Day 1

Week 1 and the first day very intense

I have had osteoarthritis for 22 years in my hips. I have had my left hip resurfaced 12 years ago at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. I have recently had my right hip replaced at the same hospital on the 10th  December 2018.

This is my recovery story using rehabilitation exercises and functional fitness movements. Most importantly I used InterX therapy for Pain, Inflammation relief with no medication, the InterX device also promotes accelerated healing.

Always a lot happier when the surgery is done and you are recovering

Successful operation for Hip replacement Surgery at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Day 1

Like lots of patients I arrive early at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital just before 7am. The waiting room fills up and we are gradually called for final checks and to go through what feels like the same questions over and over again.

Meet one of the surgical team and go through the planned procedure one last time, It's the same surgeon I had for my last operation so feel in safe hands as had no issues with my other hip after 12 years. Entering the pre surgery room is a bit like jumping into cold water as it makes it feel very real. You are reassured but you know it's really happening and while been apprehensive at first I did relax and after a short count was out cold....

Waking up post any surgery is different for everyone but the overwhelming feeling is always one of relief! It takes a while to focus and fully assess your surroundings. The nursing and support staff are great and reassure you and a tea is always the order of the day. At this point connected to lower leg compression machines and IV drips the magnitude of the surgery hits home, first thing I did was to move my hip and leg just a fraction, yes a success, Tea time.

You have some food and pleasantries with patients around you but your focus now is visitors, particularly close family, in my case my wife and 8 year old daughter who arrive straight from school. Emotions are always hard as you try to convey you are fine and it went well, but always look the worst for wear.

I had the visit from the surgeon and get the positive news that the operation was a success and that it went without complication. The physiotherapy team arrive to get you out of bed and standing, which is fine getting out of bed as gravity helps, getting back in is much harder. I was measured for crutches and went for a little walk and felt surprisingly OK.

Getting back in bed is always hard as you have to manoeuvre  your operated leg and then it hurts as its at a weak point. You then get to grips with small movements in the bed to try and get comfortable and rest. Dinner time and visitors have to leave for an hour, always odd eating and drinking initially as you struggle to go to the toilet due to medication and you never want much.

Time even a few hours is a great healer and returning visitors and a desire to get moving mean I get out of bed and have a sit down feels great to be more normal. Visiting time over and back to bed to be woken every few hours with medication so the body will accept the new joint and not reject it.

How Does InterX Treat Sciatica

Sciatica

The NHS describes Sciatica as “Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hips to your feet, is irritated. It usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks but can last longer” (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica/)

The Sciatic Nerve is usually irritated and causes pain from compression due to a slipped disc or postural alignment issue at L5 on your lower back just above your buttocks. A slipped disc is when the cushion shock absorber between your vertebra bone discs bulges, becomes inflamed, leaks, or moves and pushes on the sciatic nerve.

Much less common causes of Sciatic pain are spinal stennosis-which is a narrowing of the canal or tube where the nerve passes through, or spondylolisthesis-where a bone moves out of position in your spine which is usually due to a back injury or direct trauma.

General advice is to keep moving!

Even gentle movement will help as the muscles will start to tense as the nerve is inflamed and this leads to the pain spreading down the leg to your foot. By moving you are re-aligning your body and forcing the muscles to work as normal and in pairs. Other obvious general advice is pain medication either over the counter or prescribed.

Key Point don’t sit or lie down for long periods

That links to keep moving, but difficult if you commute to work sit at a desk for 8 hours and manage 8 hours sleep.

It does highlight why you may have sciatica in the first place, compression of the lower back by poor posture and sitting for long periods, or odd positions of movement or repetitive strain

How does interX Treatment help with Sciatica?

Firstly interX treats through the nerves via the skin so it calms down the pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This is usually a progressive process of stimulating the brain to release pain and anti inflammatory chemicals along with energizing the cells in the pain area so they can move to allow the newly arriving cells to be effective.

By stimulating the brain that pain and inflammation cells are needed at a specific area like the sciatic nerve, the body also releases chemicals to aid the repair of the damaged disc which is aggravating it.

Treatment for sciatica is also coupled with mobility movements to aid with walking and sitting along with an understanding of how the body needs to move in the healing phase.

I was suffering from a severe attack of sciatica, which was making even simple walking painful and had only five weeks until a challenging and very active month long trip to Peru, when a friend recommended a visit to Stephen at InterX Pain Clinic. I had five treatments over less than three weeks and made amazing progress. Stephen explained each step of the treatment, answering all my questions so that I understood how InterX worked and exactly what I could expect during the healing process. By the time of my trip I was virtually pain free and coped extremely well.

Sue Sheil

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