Pain relief at home couldn’t be easier – even sportsmen agree

Sunday 20th May 2012

I have had one of those weeks.

After a pleasant weekend where I finally managed to get the mower through the tufts of elephant grass that were once my lawn, I had high hopes of putting the rest of the garden in order.

Monday morning dawned with a beautiful pink tinge to the early sunshine and I set off down the path.

I noted the first flush of weeds in the borders, the fence sagging from its winter battering and the broken pane in the greenhouse where exuberant football practice had taken its toll.

Far from feeling glum at the prospect of more work to do, I actually smiled at the chance for a bit of graft.

I like the fact that every so often I can have a full day of toil.

One where I can look back at the end of the day and see what I have achieved – for a man who spends much of his day buried in research articles and computers a little honest sweat is a rest in itself.

So, I added these tasks to my mental list and prepared to get stuck in.

First on my agenda was a few low boughs on an ancient apple tree next door.

I had been promising to trim it for a few months but the combination of wind, rain and raging temper meant I haven’t trusted a ladder until now.

Maybe I acted too rashly. Perhaps I let the bright sunshine lull me into a false sense of security.

More than likely it was merely a big dollop of ‘joy de vivre’, but whatever it was my downfall quickly followed.

Literally.

I missed a step on the ladder and crashed back to earth, wrenching my ankle in the process.

Blimey it hurt.

For a few brief moments I thought I may have broken it, but I was able to move – albeit very gingerly.

I hobbled back to the house, and flopped into my chair with a bag of frozen peas clamped over the throbbing joint.

Pain – the great leveller

Pain recognises no boundaries, genders, ethnicity or social status.

Whether you are a poor man or a billionaire the sharp fingers of agony comes no s a calling just the same.

And right now my jangled nerve ends were dancing a merry jig to their own tune – and boy were they playing it loud.

The back of my ankle, foot and calf were burning.

“So here trembles my great Greek hero” sniggered Lara, as she came in from shopping. ”Truly the most handsome of the heroes arrayed against Troy!”

The problem with being in love with a learned woman is that often she’s too darned clever for her own good – certainly sharper than my poor old noodle can cope with when I’m in pain!

“Why are you spouting ancient history at me, when I have plainly wrecked my ankle?” I asked of her.

“Because, my wounded warrior, you have discovered your Achilles Heel – the one area of an invincible body which has laid you low,” came the answer.

And she was absolutely right. The injury was to the big structure at the back of the ankle known as the Achilles Tendon, so named after Homer’s hero in the Iliad who defeated many enemies without trouble, only to succumb to a weak spot on his ankle.

(Fact fans note, this was caused when he was dipped into the River Styx to make him a God, but because his Mum kept hold of his heel to stop him floating off this bit remained mortal – don’t say the Good Life Letter isn’t high brow!)

Knowing the derivation and origin of my trauma did little to help the pain.

So, I began to see what the professionals did in such circumstances, starting with the sport I love.

As I looked through the various bits of info from the Welsh RFU and many other professional clubs, they were all talking about micro-current therapy.

I began to warm to my task – if the current Six Nations champions were onto it then it can’t be a bad thing!

What I found out might be just the answer you are looking for too. If anyone else is in need of an extra pair of healing hands, read on to find out why small really is mighty when it comes to healing energy.

The power of tissue healing

I don’t know why but the concept of electricity being used in healing brings to mind the scenes in Holby where some poor unfortunate gets an electric shock to restart their heart.

“Clear!” BANG... “Charging to 200...Clear!” BANG!

You know how it goes.

However, research is now showing that lower voltages of pulsing current is the way forward in tissue healing and pain relief1.

The theory goes that when tissue is damaged, electrical impulses from within the body are responsible for starting the healing response.

For many years scientists have been aware that the body possesses an electrical charge, and indeed I have referred to this piezoelectric force before.

What wasn’t clearly understood though was how important changes in this energy field were to rebuilding injured cells.

In 2011, a team published an article looking at tendon injuries in the elbow and concluded that very low voltage input was effective in reducing symptoms and promoting tendon normalization in chronically injured patients2.

The good news is that the technology behind it can be yours.

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I find the concept of the body electric fascinating and so many of the good proven pain control methods make use of it, sometimes without knowing that they are.

Magnetic bracelets, therapeutic TENS machines and even the age old copper bangles all rely on this powerful force

It makes sense that so many conditions can be helped by utilising this approach, especially those involving joints, bones and tendons.

After all these are the structures in the body which contain the most minerals and should respond better to electrical charge as they readily form mobile ions allowing them to be where they need to be.

So as well as the day-to-day injuries I would expect micro-current therapy to be useful for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, backache, osteoarthritis and even gout.

It’s worth a look to see if a bit of a buzz could help you.

Yours, as always

References; 1Chapman-Jones, D., & Hill, D., (2002); Novel microcurrent treatment is more effective than conventional therapy for chronic achilles tendinopathy: randomised comparative trial. Physiotherapy, Volume 88, Issue 8, August 2002, Pages 471-480
 
 2 Poltawski, L., Johnson, M. and Watson, T. (2011), Microcurrent Therapy in the Management of Chronic Tennis Elbow: Pilot Studies to Optimize Parameters. Physiother. Res. Int.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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