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Pain therapy with acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in traditional Chinese medicine and is used today, among other things, to relieve chronic pain. Therapeutic stimuli are applied to specific points on the surface of the body using acupuncture needles. This way, blockages can be released and pain can be alleviated in the long term.
Functionality and treatment
In acupuncture, specific points on pathways throughout the body are addressed. The acupuncture points act as interfaces to so-called functional circuits and are stimulated by specifically placed needles. The functional circuits connect the organ systems inside the body with psycho-emotional reaction patterns and certain symptoms of illness. The duration and number of sessions is determined by the respective clinical picture.
The needles remain on the acupuncture points for about 20 to 30 minutes per session. The treatment is usually not painful, and patients can relax on the couch while the needles take effect.
Long-term relief of chronic pain
Especially in the case of chronic pain, tension or blockages, therapy with acupuncture achieves very good and long-term results. By stimulating the acupuncture points, blockages and pain can be released, the energy flow stimulated and imbalances of organ systems rebalanced. But acute complaints can also be quickly alleviated if the therapy is started in time.
Pain-free living with osteoarthritis
Pain in the joints can be a sign of osteoarthritis. This is a natural wear and tear process in the body: stress and strain in everyday life cause abrasion of the protective cartilage layer in the joint. As a result, this leads to pain in the affected joints and often to restricted movement. Targeted therapies can alleviate symptoms and significantly slow down the progression of the disease.
Indicators and treatment options
Even though osteoarthritis predominantly affects older people, younger people can also suffer from osteoarthritis. Typical signs are swelling of the joints or pain during initial movements after longer periods of rest. In an advanced stage, the pain is often permanent and a grinding noise is often heard in the joint.
The therapy depends on the degree of wear and tear in the joint as well as the patient's stress level. With targeted therapies such as neural therapy, acupuncture or autologous blood therapy (ACP – Autologous Conditioned Plasma), symptoms can be significantly alleviated and the progression of the disease slowed down considerably.
The primary goal of therapy is to increase the patient's quality of life. This is achieved on the one hand by alleviating the pain caused by the already existing arthrosis and on the other hand by preventive measures. In many cases, very good long-term results can be achieved without surgical intervention by combining different methods.
Chiro- / Manual therapy
Release blockages or tensions through the best trained hands
Manual therapy or chirotherapy is a proven method for relieving acute or chronic pain. This functional therapy is always based on a targeted diagnosis by a skilled therapist. Manual therapy uses manipulation, mobilization and other neuromuscular treatment techniques to treat spinal and joint disorders.
The gentle therapy is used to alleviate pain and create more mobility, for example in the case of back pain, restricted movement or tension. Thus, even the smallest blockages and muscular imbalances, which can cause pain and problems in the musculoskeletal system, can be detected and treated by trained hands.
It is particularly important to look at and examine the entire body in order to detect and treat possible interlinked syndromes.
State-of-the-art methods for diagnosis
The basis of any therapy is a careful diagnosis. To this end, we use the latest and most modern diagnostic procedures in our practice to detect diseases early and reliably. Depending on the clinical picture and symptoms, different procedures are used. Our range of diagnostic services includes:
- Laboratory chemical analysis
We use various tests to obtain information on the patient's blood count, liver, kidney and thyroid function, blood sugar and electrolyte status.
Particularly when kidney and urinary tract disease is suspected, urinalysis is an informative method. The presence and severity of kidney and urinary tract diseases can be assessed on the basis of various parameters in the urine.
An ECG (electrocardiogram) provides information about possible cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiac arrhythmias. The activity of the heart is measured as an electrical voltage via suction cups on the patient's chest and extremities. Depending on the clinical picture, an ECG is indicated at rest, under stress or over 24 hours.
- Sonographic examination
Sonography is the examination of the body using ultrasound equipment. It is particularly suitable for the closer assessment of the internal organs. A transducer is passed over the affected region of the body. The treatment is painless and results are visible immediately.
Sonography of the abdomen
The ultrasound examination (sonographic examination) of the abdominal cavity provides information about the internal organs such as the liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, or gall bladder.
Sonography of the urinary tract and prostate gland
Sonography of the urinary tract involves examining the renal pelvis, urinary bladder, ureters, and urethra. This makes it possible, for example, to detect kidney or urinary stones, cysts, or even tumours.
The prostate sits in the male pelvis between the urinary bladder and the bowel. Ultrasound examination is used to detect possible changes as well as preventive assessment to detect potential diseases at an early stage.
Sonography of the thyroid gland
With ultrasound, the thyroid gland can be visualized very well using a special transducer. In addition to assessing the size, lumps or changes in the tissue can also be detected.
Sonography of the carotid arteries
The carotid artery supplies the brain with oxygen-rich blood. A non-invasive ultrasound examination can detect changes such as plaques or wall thickening as well as disturbances in the blood flow. In addition, the examination also provides information about the condition of the entire vascular system.
Sonography of the musculoskeletal system and joints
The examination of joints, bursae or even capsules, ligaments and muscle groups can be performed painlessly and without radiation thanks to ultrasound. Possible inflammations in the joints or bursae can be visualized and detected at an early stage. Damage to tendon injuries or torn muscle fibers can also be visualized very well.
Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided joint punctures/joint infiltrations
In joint puncturing or infiltration, a very fine needle is inserted into the joint. This allows drugs to act directly in the affected area. Ultrasound is used to control the exact positioning of the needle.
Valuable addition to foot and gait analysis
Acute or chronic pain can also be caused by incorrect posture. In particular, the spine or joints can be damaged in the long term as a result. In order to treat possible imbalances in the body, these must first be determined. Here, computer-assisted foot pressure measurement provides valuable information.
Foot pressure measurement or pedoscan is a sophisticated measurement and analysis method for recording the forces generated by the footprint and their effect. The measurement can be both static and dynamic, making it a valuable addition to foot and gait analysis.
For this purpose, the patient stands or walks over a platform that sensitively records the applied forces and represents the partial compressive forces. In stabilometry, for example, the patient's ability to balance and coordinate is recorded. Based on the foot pressure, conclusions can be drawn about possible clinical pictures such as neurological disorders.
Further parameters of the measurement include foot rotation, contact area, weight distribution, movement of the body's centre of gravity or even roll-off behaviour. The measurement thus provides important information about possible disorders in the musculoskeletal system or posture errors.
Targeted support from within
Infusions can be an effective support in pain therapy. In this process, a medical agent is administered to the patient via mostly intravenous access. This way, the active substances can be used specifically to alleviate pain conditions as well as to improve general well-being.
Another important application of infusions is the strengthening of the immune system. Due to stress, lack of sleep, faulty nutrition, but also pathogenic environmental factors and infections, the immune system is permanently exposed to a high load. A weakened immune system manifests itself, for example, through susceptibility to infections, chronic fatigue, poor performance, but also numerous acute or chronic diseases up to tumor diseases.
Infusions can be used to support the development and strengthening of the immune system. Several infusion concepts are available for this purpose, which can also be combined very well with each other.
Vitamin C is an important endogenous immunomodulator necessary for many anti-viral and anti-bacterial immune responses. Ascorbic acid is vital for humans and also has an antioxidant effect. Vitamin C is used primarily to strengthen the immune system during infections, to alleviate inflammatory processes, and to support wound healing. Likewise, vitamin C can be used as an infusion for the prevention and supportive treatment of COVID-19 diseases. For an optimal therapeutic effect, a sufficiently high dosage is crucial. In order to achieve a correspondingly high accumulation of vitamin C in the tissue, intravenous administration is required.
In addition, other essential vitamins (such as vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 or folic acid) can be successfully and specifically substituted by infusion.
Procaine is a local anesthetic that is administered in combination with sodium bicarbonate and an isotonic saline solution. This special combination allows the painkiller procaine to better penetrate the cells and act there in a targeted manner. This type of infusion is used primarily for adjunctive pain treatment in cancer patients, chronic inflammations such as rheumatism or other long-lasting pain. The treatment is painless for patients and usually very well tolerated.
Autologous blood therapy
Autologous blood therapy is known mainly from the fight against allergies. However, it is also suitable for the treatment of chronic inflammation and associated pain. In the process, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient's vein and then administered back into the muscle. This activates the body's self-healing powers. The therapy is suitable, among other things, for chronic diseases such as rheumatic diseases. In addition, autologous blood treatment acts as a booster for your immune system.
A special form of autologous blood therapy is ozone-oxygen therapy. Here, the blood is enriched with an ozone-oxygen mixture before administration. Ozone has a disinfectant effect. In addition, ozone leads to the activation of immune cells by releasing the body's own cytokines such as interferons and interleukins.
The dosage is such that the ozone reacts completely with the red and white blood cells and there are no free ozone or oxygen molecules left in the blood when it is injected into the patient. In this way, the body is assisted in activating the metabolism of red blood cells, immune cells and the body's own antioxidants and radical scavengers. As a result, the immune system becomes significantly more efficient and resistant. The therapy is suitable for the supportive treatment of acute infections and chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatic diseases, arthrosis or muscle pain.
DETOX - infusion
Regular detoxification of the body is at least as important as the reconstruction and regeneration of the immune system. Over time, toxic metabolic waste products and environmental toxins settle in the body's cells. The result can be increasing fatigue, exhaustion, listlessness and increased susceptibility to infections. Patients often feel exhausted and their performance is significantly reduced. The cause is often a deficiency or imbalance of important vitamins, amino acids or electrolytes. Our DETOX infusions consist of high doses of vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, glutathione and a combination of electrolytes.
Behind the above symptoms can also hide chronic diseases, so we recommend a detailed health examination (check-up) beforehand.
ANTI - AGING - Infusion
With increasing age, the regenerative capacity of the skin, hair and connective tissue cells decreases continuously as a result of genetic factors. The consequences are increased hair loss, wrinkling due to weakening of the connective tissue structure, as well as increasing loss of elasticity and vitality of the skin. These processes are additionally accelerated by negative environmental influences and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Our ANTI-AGING infusions compensate for the existing deficiency of vitamin C, vitamin B complex, arginine, lysine and glutathione. The composition of this infusion brings maximum benefit to your skin and protects cells from oxidative stress. The aim is to maintain or reactivate the regenerative capacity of the body's own skin, hair and connective tissue cells to minimize the formation of wrinkles.
In each case, infusion therapy is tailored precisely to the patient and the clinical picture. In addition to improving performance, the immune system can be strengthened and chronic inflammation and associated pain can be alleviated.
Helping the body to help itself
Naturopathic treatments are a valuable complement to conventional medicine. In addition to acupuncture and ozone therapy, these include the use of homeopathic or herbal therapies. In addition, methods are used that initiate healing processes in the body by imitating natural processes (e.g. neural therapy).
Cupping is a several thousand years old healing method, which is still successfully used today. So-called cupping glasses of various diameters are placed on the skin. A negative pressure is created in the glasses beforehand by heat or a vacuum pump. The negative pressure sucks the skin into the glass. Typical applications are pain, tension or adhesions, especially in the back, often in combination with massage. Cupping is also used for chronic or acute joint pain, such as osteoarthritis. The method relieves tension in the muscles, has an analgesic effect and strengthens the immune system. In addition, it stimulates the blood and lymph flow.
Traumeel® is a homeopathic medicinal product. It can be used as an ointment for external application or in tablet form for oral intake and is composed of 14 active plant and mineral ingredients, including arnica, comfrey, calendula and echinacea. The preparation is used as a supportive treatment for complaints of the musculoskeletal system. The regenerating, anti-inflammatory and tension-relieving effect supports the body's own healing process.
Spascupreel® is used as a homeopathic medicine mainly for cramp-like complaints of the digestive organs. Among others, the ingredients Citrullus colocynthis, Passiflora incarnata, Magnesium phosphoricum and Gelsemium sempervirens as well as Cuprum sulphuricum and Agaricus are valued for their antispasmodic effect. The medicine is very well tolerated and can therefore also be used in children.
Contrary to what the name suggests, devil's claw is a long valued medicinal plant. It is originally found in South Africa and Namibia and is known for its anti-inflammatory analgesic effect. It is usually taken as tablets for oral administration. Devil's claw can be used supportively to relieve pain in joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. Due to the bitter substances it contains, it can also provide relief from digestive problems such as flatulence or bloating.
The aim of the various therapy approaches is to address the autoregulatory mechanisms of the organism. In the process, the body's self-healing powers are stimulated. An important aspect is also the accompanying guidance and encouragement for the patient to assume personal responsibility and actively promote health. Natural healing methods are also particularly low in side effects and can therefore be used for many different applications.
Neural therapy was developed by our grandfather Dr. Ferdinand and his brother Dr. Walter Huneke and has since been widely used in pain therapy. It is a procedure with few side effects, which activates the body's own self-healing processes through the administration of a local anesthetic, and has a circulation-promoting and anti-inflammatory effect.
In neural therapy, a local anesthetic such as procaine is injected directly into the painful areas of the body. These can be specific skin or muscle regions, but also tendons or nerves. The principle is to interrupt pathological connections in the body. In addition to the immediate pain relief provided by the local anesthetic, the therapy ensures in particular that the balance in the diseased organism is restored.
There are two different approaches in neural therapy:
Pain often has more complex causes, as different regions of the body (segments) are connected via nerve pathways. In segmental therapy, injections are made directly under the skin surface (so-called wheals) of the painful regions. The resulting irritation of the corresponding area of skin causes the diseased organ to regulate itself and a self-healing process is set in motion. Infiltrations are also carried out on myofacial trigger points, tendon attachments, joint capsules and joints.
Interference field therapy
Here, so-called interference fields are treated. These are areas with chronic inflammation that stress the entire organism to such an extent that this can lead to pain and chronic diseases in other areas of the body. Typical interference fields are, for example, tonsils, sinuses, teeth, thyroid gland or scars. The corresponding interference field is interrupted by targeted and repeated injections with a local anaesthetic. As in segment therapy, this restores the balance in the organism.
Areas of application of neural therapy are acute or chronic pain in the area of the head (migraine, tension headache, maxillary sinusitis, CMD), complex complaints of the musculoskeletal system (degenerative diseases, joint pain, arthrosis or rheumatic diseases), allergies, autoimmune diseases as well as functional disorders.
With successful treatment, symptoms diminish until complete recovery.
Promote and maintain quality of life and enjoyment of movement
Exercise is an essential part of life, and not just for competitive athletes. Amateur and recreational athletes also depend on maintaining their mobility and sports ability for their well-being. Sports injuries, but also injuries outside of training, require professional medical care. This enables a quick recovery and restoration of full performance and alleviates complaints in the long term. To this end, we offer a wide range of sports medicine services:
Performance promotion and performance enhancement in amateur and professional sports
Whether recreational or competitive sports, maintaining and increasing performance is the top priority in training. A holistic diagnostic and therapeutic approach to sports medicine supports athletes in recognizing potential and building up targeted training successes. In this way, performance limits can be extended safely and in a way that preserves health.
Movement preservation and movement optimization in recreational sports
Medical monitoring is also an important component for amateur athletes to maintain their performance in the long term. Often, overloads of the musculoskeletal system are recognized too late. Tendon damage, joint pain or overload reactions of the bones are often the result. Early sports medicine support helps to recognize overloads in time and thus to avoid injuries and discomfort.
Treatment of acute and chronic sports injuries
Sports injuries can have a wide variety of causes, from training or competition accidents to overuse complaints and chronic changes in the musculoskeletal system. In sports medicine care for injuries, an accurate diagnosis is the basis for individually tailored therapies. From strains to torn ligaments to sprains or even arthrosis or diseases of the spine – a precisely coordinated therapy plan is essential for alleviating the symptoms and resuming sporting activity.
Accompaniment during the resumption of sports activities
Particularly after longer breaks from training and during regeneration phases, medical care is of special importance when resuming sport. This way, overloads can be avoided and the training intensity can be precisely adjusted to the patient's stress limit.
Performance check and competition preparation
A performance check or performance diagnostics is an important method both for competition preparation for competitive athletes and for amateur athletes to identify performance status and optimization potential. Various tests are carried out for a performance check, including, for example, pulse and breath measurement under stress or foot pressure measurements to detect possible incorrect posture. Blood is also taken from the patient and analysed in the laboratory. The results provide important findings for optimizing training duration and intensity to improve performance in the long term.
Activate self-healing processes of the body
Irritations of the muscle attachments and tendons are often caused by degenerative changes (e.g. calcific shoulder). These can be very protracted and painful. There is also an increased risk that the complaints will become chronic. The tendon tissue is permanently weakened, which can lead to rupture of the tendons.
Focused Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is suitable for the treatment of a wide range of orthopaedic conditions such as calcific shoulder, heel spurs, Achilles tendon irritation, plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow.
In focused shock wave therapy, high-energy pulses are specifically directed into the tissue via an applicator. This can break down existing calcium deposits. At the same time, blood circulation in the tissue is significantly improved, which additionally accelerates tissue regeneration. Another positive effect of this therapy approach is the activation of the body's own healing processes. In this way, existing inflammations and irritations can be reduced.
Focused shock wave therapy can also be ideally combined with neural therapy according to Huneke to optimize the success of treatment.
Regular check-ups - prevention is better than aftercare
A preventive medical check-up serves to identify health risks, individual burdens and, of course, the early detection of diseases.
Regular preventive examinations can detect and treat chronic diseases at an early stage. To this end, we offer regular health check-ups including laboratory chemical (blood test) and sonographic (ultrasound) diagnostics. Even those who feel healthy should have regular check-ups to maintain their health. Cardiovascular diseases, thyroid disorders or other metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus can be detected and treated in good time. This also includes checking the vaccination status.
Typical screenings include:
- General health and performance check-ups
- Cardiovascular examinations (ECG, heart ultrasound, blood pressure, lung function)
- Metabolic tests (diabetes mellitus, blood lipids)
- Checking the function of the thyroid gland
- Checking the vascular status
- Skin cancer screening
- Blood and urine tests
- Preventive posture diagnostics
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Foot and ankle joint
The foot as a central structure of the musculoskeletal system
The foot consists of 26 different bones, which are connected by 33 joints. In addition, there are numerous tendons and ligaments as well as a multitude of nerves and muscles. Each of these complex structures can cause pain. The most common causes include degenerative changes such as osteoarthritis or metabolic diseases (e.g. gout).
Incorrect or excessive loads can also lead to serious problems. These then often affect the entire musculoskeletal system. As a result, knee, hip or back pain can occur.
Since the entire body statics is built on our healthy feet, pain and pathological changes in this area should receive special attention. Depending on the complaints and clinical picture, different therapy approaches up to surgical interventions are used.
We have extensive and long-standing experience in diagnostics as well as conservative and surgical treatment of orthopaedic diseases of the foot and ankle joints.