CPM – Constant Motion Or Constant Pain Machine

One of the larger issues for total knee replacement patients, and doctors, is keeping the patient active and moving so the rehab time is minimized and further health issues not created by the time of immobility. Over the past 2 decades it has become common practice to place the patient's leg into what is called a "constant motion machine" (CPM) and the leg and knee joint are moved immediately following surgery. This is done to:

  • minimize atrophy to the surrounding musculature tissue
  • increase blood flow into and out of the surrounding tissues
  • retard the degree of atrophy one has following immobilization
  • maintain the physical actions of the muscles to move fluids away from the injured tissues and prevent edema
  • prevent loss of elasticity in the affected tissues

Generally the CPM machine is activated immediately upon the patient being moved to the hospital room following surgery. Over time it has been shown that the recovery time is shortened and pain declined using one of these CPM machines. The problem is, often due to the pain the operative procedure produces, the CPM machine can be viewed by the patient as a constant pain machine when in fact the overall long term effect is to decrease and prevent pain by getting the patient healed and functional movement restored.

By using interventional therapy at the same time there are even greater advantages for the total knee replacement patient such as:

  • interventional treatment minimizes the pain using the CPM machine
  • electricity has been shown to accelerate tissue repair and healing
  • negative charges of electrotherapy actually move fluids away from the joint and tissues minimizing edema
  • interventional therapy increases carryover pain relief so the patient is more comfortable for longer time periods
  • interventional therapy aids the muscles to relax and minimizes muscle spasticity which also minimizes pain

When interferential therapy is incorporated, along with a constant passive motion machine, patient outcomes are improved, rehab. time is diminished, and pain is minimal. The patient regains the ability to walk without pain and in a shorter, more pleasant time frame.



Source by Bob G Johnson

Stopping Cancer Cells Using Electrotherapy

Electricity Kills Cancer Tumors

In the early 1980s, during the onset of the popularity of tens units, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, it was reportedly reported that a radiologist in Stockholm, Sweden, Bjorn Nordenstrom, had discovered a way to kill cancer tumors with electricity. It was reported that by inserting a needle inside a tumor, applying a milliamp negative DC current through the needle that one could dissolve the tumor and stop the growth. This report was and continues to be widely circulated about the efficacy of electrotherapy for treating cancer.

What Probably Really Happened

What is not mentioned is the fact that the needle inserted into the tumor had a silver outer coating. Silver is a negative ion meaning a strong negative charge can repel the silver ions into surrounding tissues. Silver has a historical basis as an antibiotic used prior to penicillin and sulfa drugs for killing local and systemic infections caused by bacteria.
How Silver Was / Is Used

If a patient had a systemic infection and was on death's bed, it was common to have the patient drink silver knowing it could kill the pathogens present in the body. It was also known there was a 50/50 chance the infection may not kill the patient but the silver would. With little hope of life the administration of silver was undertaken to stop the infection and save the patient. Silver was used simply because it was known to kill bacteria. Today we use it as a topical for skin conditions with a bacterial causation. The silver ions still kill all sorts of bacteria and other disease causing pathogens.

What The Silver Did To The Cancer Tumors

What was determined later as this "study" received publicity was it was probably not the negative charge of the electricity that killed the tumor, but the driving of silver ions into the tumor by the negative polarity that destroyed the tumor and the cancer cells. The negative continuous direct current was not destroying the cancer cells but the silver ions driven off the needle and deposited in the tumor was the causative agent of death.

Can Electrical Charges Kill Cancer Cells?

The answer is a resounding yes however that is not the issue. The issue is can electric kill harmful cancer cells without killing beneficial cells. One concern of the study was it was easy to see how the tumors being stimulated were bleeding but did the negative charges also kill beneficial cells. It has been well known that electrical charges can take normal cells and accelerate the growth / repair rate of those cells.

That is very important if there is a non-union bone fraction and without mending then amputation is the only option. Electricity can simplify the bone tissue to unionize and the process is called functional restoration.

With cancer the tumors being destroyed were large however there were many other tumor cells and the concern was would the estimate encourage faster growth / replication of the surrounding deadly cells. That answer to this day is still not known to my knowledge but it did raise the question of killing one group of localized cancer cells while accelerating the growth of other cancer cells. Remember though the beneficial results are related to "healthy cells" while cancer cells are not known as healthy cells so the results are not necessarily the same. To regard cancer cells and the normal reproduction of healthy cells in the body is not a fair assumption. Not an apple to apple comparison.

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Source by Bob G Johnson