Do you have Invisible Inflammation?

Man holding own hands

Whilst the most commonly noticeable cause of inflammation is because of an injury (think twisted ankle, jarred joint etc), inflammation actually goes much deeper and is much more present than most people realise. 

In 2004, TIME Magazine, identified inflammation as the secret killer and connected it to not only cancer, heart attacks and Alzheimer’s but other diseases as well. 

Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

These statistics can sound scary, but let’s take a breath and dive a bit deeper into this ‘invisible’ problem to really understand it, and how it can be tamed without additional medications.

Why is inflammation an issue?

Inflammation is a part of the body’s defense mechanism and plays a role in the healing process. When the body detects an intruder, it brings out a biological response to try to get rid of it. However, there are times when the body mistakenly perceives its own cells or tissues as harmful – thus leading to autoimmune diseases. 

The major problem here is inflammation does not show up on any of our highly advanced medical diagnostic tools like x-rays, CT scans, PET scans, etc, which is why it’s called ‘invisible’. It can take 10-20 years for the body to show signs of breaking down due to inflammation. 

When living with chronic inflammation, the body’s inflammatory response slowly breaks down muscles and tissues. It spreads throughout the nervous system leading to organ and muscle dysfunction. It causes brain fog and loss of memory, fatigue and sleep issues, poor immunity, and after 10-20 years would lead to organ failure, chronic diseases and cancer.  Many experts believe it’s the cause of most health complaints. 

How most people deal with inflammation

Most people commonly use ‘anti-inflammatory’ pills or creams in an attempt to alleviate pain.

Government research indicates that an estimated 9 million Australians take prescription medicine every day, 2 million take over the counter medication, and approximately 7 million Australians take complementary medicine daily. 

With 2 thirds of Australians looking outside the traditional medical model, the evidence seems to be mounting up that western medicine doesn’t always hit the mark. 

Non-drug ways to combat inflammation

Red light therapy (RLT) for treating Inflammation

1. Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy (RLT) is an emerging therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths of light which shows a promising treatment to skin issues like wrinkles, redness, acne, scars and other persistent wounds, among others.

In the early 1990s, NASA originally began experimenting with red light therapy to help grow plants in space and eventually help heal wounds in astronauts. Just like many developments, red light was then studied for potential uses in medicine, more specifically to find out its effects on human cells.

Is red light therapy effective?

A lot of experts say that they don’t know yet if RLT is effective or not. While the internet is often abuzz with news about miracle treatments for just about every health condition, red light therapy certainly isn’t the answer to all. It is still an emerging treatment.

At this point in time, there’s little (or no)  evidence showing its support for most issues, like:

A 2013 study co-authored by world-renowned red light researcher Michael Hamblin, revealed red light therapy’s effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory treatment because it encourages cellular repair which can slow or minimise the inflammatory immune response and allow the body to restore normal functioning. 

Is it safe?

Red light therapy appears to be safe and painless, at least if used short-term and as directed. It is non-toxic, not invasive and not as harsh as some topical skin treatments. 

However, if products are misused or used too often or not according to directions, it may pose a potential risk of damage to the eyes. There have been reports of burns and blistering from using RLT units – a few people developed burns after falling asleep while some could be due to broken wires or device corrosion.

RLT is still an emerging therapy but holds a lot of promise. 

2. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Therapy

A TENS machine is a battery-powered device

A TENS machine is a battery-powered device that has leads connected to sticky pads which are placed directly on the skin’s surface.  It delivers low voltage electrical impulses through electrodes 

placed at or near nerves where the pain is located or at trigger points. 

These impulses reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They’re also believed to stimulate the production of endorphins – our body’s natural painkillers. 

What is it used for?

TENS therapy may be able to help relieve both chronic or acute pain caused by a wide range of conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Knee Pain
  • Labor Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sports Injuries

Healthcare professionals have reported that TENS therapy seems to help some people, although some more research is still needed and clinical trials are ongoing. There’s not enough good-quality scientific evidence to say for sure whether TENS is a reliable therapy for pain relief. 

What are the risks/benefits? 

It’s not necessarily a ‘cure’ for pain and oftentimes it only provides short-term relief while the TENS machine is being used. However, the treatment is generally very safe and it’s definitely worth a try, on top of usual medical treatments. 

TENS devices may be offered by physical therapists, acupuncturists, and other healthcare professionals. Other stimulation devices may also be purchased over-the-counter but always check with your doctor before you start to use it. To ensure safety, carefully follow the instructions of the device manufacturer.

3. Amino Neuro Frequency (ANF) Therapy

ANF Therap

Health practitioners who have included ANF Therapy in their already excellent toolbelt are getting never-before seen results for their patients. 

What’s so different about it? 

To begin with, ANF looks at the ‘body as a whole’, not merely at the site of the ‘pain’.  What this means for patients is the issue causing the pain (as opposed to just the site of the pain) is addressed and resolved on a deep and lasting level.

ANF Therapy works directly with the nervous system (so it gets to the root of the problem) and utilises frequency-emitting ‘devices’, that look like round band-aids, to reboot/reset nerves that have been compromised through injury, illness, disease or… our old friend inflammation. 

How Does It Work?

Our whole body is made up of electrical currents, all operating at different levels or frequencies. Just like a defibrillator resets the heart’s rhythm or frequency, so too does ANF Therapy reset the body’s frequencies.

Totally drug and chemical free, the ANF ‘band aids’ (high tech ones at that!) are applied to strategic places on the body to work with each nerve cell to remind the body of the frequency where it performs optimally.  Once reminded of its optimal frequency, the body is prompted to copy the frequency allowing the affected area to begin its self-regulating and self-healing process.

Developed by internationally renowned therapist Dr Mikel HG Hoff, ANF is quick to act and offers long-lasting results because it works at a cellular level. Patients may experience up to a 50% reduction in pain within 15 minutes, transforming physical and sporting performance while reducing pain and inflammation.

Being TGA registered, ANF Therapy gives patients a way of allowing their body to regulate itself and heal from the inside out. At times, when surgery seems to be the last straw and patients are getting more and more inclined to do it, ANF comes into the picture and prevents it from happening altogether.

Are there negative effects or risks involved?

Since this is a non-invasive, non-chemical therapy, ANF is typically safe. Each person’s response to the detox process can be different. When the body starts to eliminate waste products (toxins), they may experience a variety of symptoms like:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Itchiness or redness (skin reactions)
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness/feeling light-headed
  • Fatigue
  • A sudden need to sleep

This can be uncomfortable; however, it is a positive sign as it indicates that the body is responding to the therapy and healing. These effects can be minutes or hours depending on how effective the body is at eliminating the toxins and calming down the inflammation.

Because inflammation is ‘invisible’, many individuals don’t know that they have it until they’re diagnosed with another condition. Looking healthy is definitely not enough, the goal is to feel healthy too!

Getting invisible inflammation under control helps to reduce the risk of long-term damage. Walking, breathing exercises and removing as many chemicals and toxins from our lives as much as possible are just some ways to do this. And perhaps a little help from one of the therapies listed above.  

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