"It was really unbearable. It was terrible," said Alvarez.
Nothing he tried relieved the pain. Then chiropractor Alan Shaff treated him with his device, called the Fenzian. It uses electric impulses to "talk" to the central nervous system.
"This is sort of like a reset button on a computer," said Shaff.
The device emits electric currents that replicate healthy nerve impulses. As it's rolled over the back, the device "sticks" on areas of low electrical resistance.
"It restores the electrical impulse and the connection of the nervous system throughout the body,"said Shaff.
That puts the body on the path to healing.
"Faster recovery, reduction in muscle spasm, reducing in swelling and inflammation, I would say 50 percent faster than I ever saw before," said Shaff.
The device works better on injuries than chronic pain, and it won't repair tissue damage. It's used for herniated disks, pinched nerves, stenosis, sprains and strains.
Bud now goes about his daily routine remembering what it used to feel like.
"I had to lean forward the whole time I was driving, and this is the way I would drive the whole time just so my back wasn't touching anything," said Alvarez.
Skeptical at first, it only took a few treatments with the device to change his mind.
"I haven't had pain there at all since. It's never come back," said Alvarez.
And he hopes it never does.
The Fenzian device is FDA approved. And in many cases, insurance covers the cost of the 20-minute treatments. Without insurance, one treatment usually costs between $50 and $75, and most people get relief after three to six visits.
Web Extra Information:
Four out of five people in the United States will experience lower back pain at least once during their lives. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. The back is an intricate structure composed of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and disks, which are the cartilage-like pads that act as cushions between the segments of your spine. Back pain can arise from problems with any of these component parts. In some people, no specific cause of their back pain can be found.
Many cases of back pain will relieve themselves with a few days of rest and some over-the-counter pain medication; however, some cases require stronger intervention. A doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or, in some cases, a muscle relaxant to relieve mild to moderate back pain. Narcotics, such as codeine or hydrocodone, may also be used for a short period of time with close supervision by a doctor. Physical therapy is another traditional treatment often used for those suffering from chronic back pain. A physical therapist can utilize specific exercises and techniques to increase strength and flexibility. Injections like cortisone or Botox are also used to relieve back pain. When all other treatment options fail, surgery is often used as a last resort to correct problems that cause back pain.
The Fenzian Treatment System is a non-pharmaceutical and noninvasive way to treat chronic pain that's caused by a wide range of medical conditions. The Fenzian was first introduced in 2,000 by a surgeon in the United Kingdom. The device, which is operated by a trained practitioner, is placed on the skin of a patient and delivers electrical impulses. Utilizing changes in skin impedance derived from biofeedback and displayed on the device's digital readout, the practitioner guides the device to most effectively stimulate the patient's network of nerves.
The Fenzian Treatment System can provide relief and management for many different types of chronic back pain. It is also used as an adjunctive treatment for post-surgical and post-traumatic acute pain. The Fenzian Treatment System can be used to relieve pain originating from a variety of conditions including the following:
- Back, neck and shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle injury
- Golf / tennis elbow
- Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
The Fenzian Treatment System successfully passed a pilot study and is now being investigated in a multicenter clinical trial.
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