Conditions that Handy Rx can Help

The Handy Rx combines 4 different energies, that when synergized provide a therapeutic outcome. The Handy Rx (formerly the Handy Cure) can be used by those with inflammatory conditions as it helps to facilitate micro-circulation to supply oxygen to cells and tissues.  

The Handy Rx laser enhances blood flow in treated areas and shortens the duration of inflammation.  This results in pain reduction and reduced discomfort in the affected areas.  

The Handy Rx is a topical, safe, and noninvasive device designed to help alleviate pain, that can be used in the comfort of your own home.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.  Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia are sometimes caused by physical trauma, surgery, infections, or significant psychological stress.  In other cases, symptoms can gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering cause.

Symptoms of this condition include widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, depression, headaches, and cramps, just to name a few.  The widespread pain caused by fibromyalgia feels like a dull ache in the body that is situated near the sides of the body and the lower waist area.  This ache can last anywhere from a few days to months on end.   Fibromyalgia causes the subject to also feel constant fatigue and tiredness, causing the person to have difficulty functioning properly during the day.  

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, however, there is a variety of medication to help alleviate its symptoms, particularly pain and depression. Studies have shown that exercise, yoga, relaxation, and stress-reduction measures to help ease the condition.  

Symptoms can also be alleviated by massage therapy, painkillers, or practicing core body strength to strengthen the body. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has also recently been found to help alleviate the pain-related symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The laser found in the Handy Rx, for example, targets the area that is in pain deep into the muscle tissue, and through combining different types of energies, is able to reduce inflammation in the muscles. Once the swelling has gone down, the laser then works on improving microcirculation (blood flow) to those areas to decrease the overall recovery time.

 

 

Osteochondrosis

Osteochondrosis is a part of the family of orthopedic diseases that occur in children and adolescents.  Osteochondrosis occurs when there is an interruption in the blood supply of a bone called the epiphysis, followed by localized bone necrosis, and later the regrowth of the bone.These conditions are present when there is an onset of pain in the bones.  

The ultimate cause of these conditions are unknown, however, some factors involved, rapid growth, heredity, trauma, overuse of the bone, anatomic conformation, and dietary imbalances.  Only anatomic conformation and heredity have been scientifically proven to cause osteochondrosis.

A starting point of pathogenesis in osteochondrosis, according to recent studies, have shown that the failure of chondrocyte differentiation, the formation of fragile cartilage, failure of blood supply to the bone, and subchondral bone necrosis might be the cause.  However, the failure of blood supply to growth cartilage is the most likely cause.  

In short, Osteochondrosis affects the growth of bones.  The most common symptoms of this condition are pain and problems in one’s joints.  Symptoms include swelling, tenderness, joint popping, joint locking, joint weakness, joint stiffness, an inability to fully strengthen the limb.

Osteochondrosis can be treated by resting the area of the body where the pain is occurring, wearing a brace or cast, or doing proper exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons around the affected area.  In rare cases, surgery needs to be performed to remove problematic bone fragments.  While the Handy Rx is not a cure for Osteochondrosis, it can be used to help target the areas where the sufferer is feeling pain, stiffness, weakness, etc. It can also help to quickly reduce the swelling associated with this condition, and with continual use help to keep swelling down in the future.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine of a person has a sideways curve, usually in the shape of an “S” or “C”. Scoliosis can become more severe over time, and in severe cases, interfere with breathing - while in milder versions of scoliosis, the subject doesn’t feel any pain associated with the condition.  

The cause of most cases of scoliosis is largely unknown, however, studies have shown that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role in the formation of the condition.  Family members of subjects who suffer from scoliosis are more likely to inherit the condition.  Scoliosis can also be caused by other conditions, such as muscle spasms, cerebral palsy, Marfan syndrome, and neurofibromatosis.  Diagnosis’ are usually made through x-rays.

Symptoms of scoliosis include constipation, pain the back, shoulder, neck, and buttock, nerve pinching around the legs, limited mobility, and painful menstruation.  Signs of scoliosis include uneven musculature on the side of the spine, rib prominence or prominent shoulder blade, uneven hips, arms or legs, slow nerve action, heart and lung problems, and calcium deposits. The Handy Rx can be used to help reduce pain in the back, shoulders, neck, buttock and help to increase mobility from stiff muscles.

The treatment of scoliosis depends on the degree of curvature, location, and the cause of the condition.  Treatments include bracing the spine or surgery.  When treating scoliosis with bracing, a brace is fitted to the subject and the subject wears the brace daily until their growth stops.  Exercise is also highly suggested for people who suffer from scoliosis to strengthen their backs.  

Intervertebral Disk Hernia

An intervertebral disk hernia is caused by a prolapsed herniated disk.  This occurs when one of the spinal discs that sit between the bones of one’s spine is damaged and presses on the nerves.  This causes back pain and neck pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and weakness in the body.  

Disc herniation is usually caused by aging, trauma, lifting injuries, or straining.  When a spinal disk is torn, inflammatory chemicals are released, causing severe pain.  

Symptoms of intervertebral disk hernias can vary depending on the location of the condition.  The back pain can range from little to extreme, unrelenting neck and lower back pain. Typically, symptoms are experienced one only one side of the body.  

Severe disk herniations may not heal on their own and might require surgery.  However, non-surgical methods are usually attempted first.  Pain medication is usually prescribed to patients with acute pain. The Handy Cure/Handy Rx can be used to help relieve the back pain often associated with this condition. It targets the area where any medications have been released to bring down the inflammation and increases blood flow to that area to promote faster healing and quicker pain relief. It can also be used on areas where the back feels stiff to help increase mobility.

Post-Traumatic Pain

Post-Traumatic Pain is caused by a traumatic injury.  It is usually characterized by persistent chronic pain.  Pain that does not resolve can sometimes be inappropriately classified as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or a newer term called chronic regional pain syndrome.  

Most patients with chronic pain after trauma have causalgia, also known as, chronic regional pain syndrome. These two conditions indicate that there is pain from a nerve injury.  This is caused by a direct injury to the nerve or a nerve compression from the contraction of surrounding tissues that are traumatized.  

No trauma is too small to cause post-traumatic pain.  Since the body is full of nerves any area of your body can be injured via various types of trauma - including but not limited to, crushing, penetrating, fractures, traction, sprains, and other ways of causing trauma.  

Treatment of this condition may include repairing fractures, closure of soft tissue defects, removing the affected nerves, nerve compression, or painkillers. The Handy Rx can be used to help relieve the chronic pain associated with post-traumatic pain. This, of course, is done by targeting the area of pain, and with the combination of 4 different energies, reduces any swelling and improves microcirculation in order to speed up healing.

The Handy Rx can be used either by itself, or in combination with other treatment methods for faster healing.  Exercising and physical therapy can also help with relieving post-traumatic pain. Strengthening the area where your pain is caused will help your body to heal.  The pain of the affected area improves when the subject puts more motion into the affected area.  

 

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Radiculitis

Radiculitis is a condition where pain radiates along the dermatome of a nerve because of inflammation or the irritation of the nerve root at its connection to the spinal column.  A common form of radiculitis is sciatica where radicular pain radiates along the sciatic nerve to the lower spine, lower back, gluteal muscles, behind the upper thigh, calf, and foot as often secondary to nerve root irritation from a spinal disc herniation or from osteophytes in the lumbar region of the spine.  

Pain caused by radiculitis often starts off with radicular pain down the origin of the spine.  The pain often is accompanied by the feeling of tingling and muscle weakness.  Pain from radiculitis seems to be mild in early stages but increases in seriousness if untreated. The Handy Rx can be used to target pain, tingling, or weakness in the muscles along the spine.  

Any condition that has the potential to put pressure and compress the spinal nerve could be one of the main causes of radiculitis.  Disc herniations, bone spurs, and thickening of ligaments also cause radiculitis.  Other common conditions related to radiculitis include spinal stenosis, damaged intervertebral discs, spinal degeneration, spondylolisthesis, and scoliosis.  

Ischialgia

Ischialgia is characterized as a condition that causes the pain in the hip, specifically the ischium.  Ischialgia is a type of pain felt in tissues innervated by the sciatic nerve and its roots.  The pain originates from the lower back or smell pelvis and spreads to the buttocks and leg.  

The most common causes of Ischialgia is found from the spine, including, prolapsed discs, narrow medullary canal and vertebral sliding caused by vertebral instability.  Ischialgia can also be caused by pathologies in the pelvis that affect the sacral and sciatic nerves.  Ischialgia can also be caused by isolated endometriosis of the sciatic nerve.  

Surgeries can also cause ischialgia: surgeries can cause nerve lesions when procedures like cancer surgery, hysterectomy, prostatectomy, removal of the rectum, surgical resection, uterine surgery, and/ or surgeries involving the rectum are performed.  

Treatment of Ischialgia includes therapy, surgery, and laparoscopy.  The first line of treatment is to fix the pain via surgical means.  Some surgeons add electrodes to the nerve to alleviate pain.  Other procedures also include neurostimulation where pain signals from the nerves are blocked to the brain, while the rest of the body remains unaffected. Combining the use of LLLT with conventional methods can help to alleviate pain and reduce healing times.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints.  Symptoms of this condition include joint pain and stiffness.  Other symptoms include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range-of-motion on the affected joints.  The onset of arthritis can be gradual or sudden.  There are over 100 types of arthritis - the most common forms are osteoarthritis which is a degenerative joint disease and rheumatoid arthritis which affects the hands and feet.

Pain caused by arthritis can vary in severity.  Arthritis can affect other organs in the body leading to a variety of symptoms, including, the inability to walk or use one’s hand, stiffness, malaise, fatigue, weight loss, poor sleep, muscle aches and pains, muscle weakness, loss of flexibility,  tenderness, and difficulty moving joints.  Severe Arthritis can cause complete immobility in a person rendering some people unable to walk.

Treatments of arthritis include resting the joint and alternating between applying ice and heat.  Exercising and proper eating can also help fight arthritis.  Taking painkillers can also be used to eliminate immediate pain.  In some cases, orthopedic bracing can also help alleviate symptoms of arthritis.  Ultimately joint replacement surgery may be required in destroying some forms of arthritis in the body.  Some medications may also be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and pain in one’s joints. The Handy Rx can also be used to treat acute and chronic forms of Arthritis, by reducing swelling to the treated area for effective joint pain relief. 

Arthrosis

Arthrosis, also known as osteoarthritis is a joint disease that is caused by chronic wear of cartilage.  Arthrosis is often felt during the day and pain is emphasized by joint movement.  Arthrosis most commonly affects the knee, hip, spine, the cervical area, neck, lower back, fingers, ankles, wrists, and shoulders.

Symptoms of arthrosis usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, however, they can also manifest earlier.  Women that are 55 years and older are more affected by arthrosis.  People over the age of 70 are also more prone to arthrosis.  Symptoms include joint pain, discomfort in joints when the temperature changes, discomfort in the joints when light pressure is applied, less flexibility, small bone spurs in the joints, cracking bones and swollen joints.  

Arthrosis can be caused by repetitive motion.  In some cases, health experts like occupational therapists or ergonomists can help people find solutions for repetitive motions from either at work or at home.  Weight loss and physical activity can also help deter arthrosis. Regular exercise is crucial to overall health and can help reduce pain and strengthen your joints and muscles.  

The Handy Rx device can also help treat Arthritis by using its laser to help reduce inflammation and help microcirculation to help supply oxygen to cells and tissues around the arthrosis.  By using the Handy Rx, the subject can stop using pain killers, and continue on with daily activities to strengthen the area that is affected by arthrosis.  

Coxarthrosis

Coxarthrosis is osteoarthritis located in the hip joint.  Coxarthrosis is generally diagnosed when there is pain in the hips, and deformities in the hips found via x rays. These can include cartilage tears, joint effusion, and more.  There are two types of coxarthrosis, the first being primitive coxarthrosis, which occurs in a normal hip of a subject over 60  years old.  And the second is called, secondary coxarthrosis, which occurs when a hip is deformed that can be caused by morphological abnormalities; weight gain, trauma, or microtrauma caused by sports.

Symptoms of coxarthrosis are pain which leads to discomfort and limping, limiting the movement of the subject’s hips.  

There are two common forms of treatment for coxarthrosis, including non-drug treatments, drugs, and/or surgery.    Non-drug treatments include weight loss, aerobics,and functional rehabilitation exercises to strengthen and stabilize muscles.  Orthotics can also help with balancing weight to help the diseased hip.  Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs that been used to help treat flare-ups and pain.  Often times, total hip replacement surgeries are performed when coxarthrosis becomes too severe.  

The Handy Cure/Handy Rx can reduce inflammation for the areas that are affected by coxarthrosis.  The Handy Rx increases micro-circulation to supply more oxygen to the cells and tissues that are affected.  The Handy Rx is a great non-invasive way to treat inflammation and the subject can go on to exercise to further help cure his/her their condition.  

Contractures

Contractures develop when tissues which are normally stretchy and  elastic in the body become replaced by hardened non-elastic fiber like tissues.  The tissues in the body then make it hard for the subject to stretch and it prevents the subject from making otherwise normal movements.

Contractures mostly occur in the skin, tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint areas, ultimately affecting the function of certain body parts it touches, causing pain. Contractures can be caused by brain and nervous system disorders, inherited disorders, nerve damage, lack of mobility, and scarring after trauma.  

Contractures can be treated by exercising and stretching, to strengthen and mobilize the affected area, or by using braces and splints.  Physical therapy, medicine, orthopedic braces, or surgery may be performed.  

The Handy Cure/Handy Rx can help reduce the pain in contractures with its soft laser technology.  When you use the Handy Rx on contractures, the laser will help reduce inflammation and help heal the tissues and cells around the contractures by facilitation micro-circulation in the blood flow which then leads to further oxygen supply to the cells and tissues.  After you have used the Handy Rx to treat the pain, you can exercise and stretch to strengthen and mobilize the affected area.  

Myositis

Myositis is a condition that is characterized by having inflamed muscles, weaknesses, swelling, and pain.  Myositis is called by infection, injury, autoimmune conditions, and drug side effects.  Treatments of this condition vary according to the cause of the condition.  

Myositis can be caused by any condition that can lead to inflammation in the muscles.  Myositis can be diagnosed through blood tests, MRI scans, EMG, and  muscle biopsy. Symptoms of myositis include rashes, fatigue, thickening of the skin on hands, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing.  

Myositis can be treatments by certain drugs, including prednisone, azathioprine, and methotrexate.  If Myositis is caused by a bacteria, antibiotics are required to prevent a life-threatening spread of the infection.  Sometimes myositis can cause serious kidney damage, and subjects may be hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids in large amounts.   

The Handy Rx and reduce inflammation in the muscles that are affected by myositis.  The Handy Rx can help reduce pain by enhancing micro-circulation in the blood cells to facilitate more oxygen supply to the tissues and cells surrounding the affected muscles.  

Muscle and Ligament Strains

A muscle and ligament strain is a stretch or tear in the muscle or tendon that connect the muscles to the bone.  Strains occur usually when the subject falls, twists, or is hit in a way that makes the body move out of its normal position.  Strains happen when a subject twists or pulls a muscle or a tendon.  Sports like football, hockey and boxing are at the highest risks for causing strains.  

Strains can be identified when inflammation, and sometimes bruising occurs in the injured area.  The more serious the strain, the more difficult it is to use the strained area of your body.  

Using ice packs, resting, stretching, and exercising can help remediate the pain in strains and help strengthen your body.  Sometimes orthopedic therapy, physical therapy or even surgery is needed to help heal your strains.  

The Handy Rx can help reduce inflammation in Muscle and Ligament strains using its soft laser by using the laser on the affected area.  When you use the Handy Rx, the device helps with facilitating micro-circulation in the blood cells and also helps facilitate the supply of oxygen to tissues and cells around muscle and ligament strains.  

 

 

What are the medical and rehabilitative applications for LLLT?

The Handy Rx can be integrated into dental health, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatments, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation, massage therapy, and more. Read on for empirical information about the Handy Rx's musculoskeletal, oral health, and hair treatment applications.

Fibromyalgia

Often misdiagnosed as Arthritis, its common characteristics include widespread pain in muscles and joints, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and a decreased pain threshold. Fibromyalgia can cause you to feel pain all over your body. You might find that some parts of your body are tender or even too painful to touch.

More Musculoskeletal Applications

Chow et al (2009) concluded that LLLT can ameliorate both acute and chronic neck pain. A literature review was conducted on 16 randomized, controlled trials that involved over 800 patients with neck pain that was not sourced to specific causes. Researchers concluded that LLLT was an effective means of reducing acute pain and providing mid-term relief of chronic aches.

An estimated 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. A review conducted by Huang et al (2015) determined that LLLT could benefit sufferers of chronic low-back pain by stimulating cell growth and circulation. These findings were supported by research by Djavid et al (2007), who concluded that a combination of exercise and LLLT was more effective for managing lower back pain than exercise alone.

The Handy Rx has also been proven effective as a short-term treatment for pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and chronic joint disorders (Bjordal et al, 2003; Brosseau et al, 2005). A single application of LLLT was shown to produce significant reductions in inflammatory cell infiltration and inflammatory cytokines. LLLT has also been shown to mitigate the effects of compromised micro-circulation, and improve oxygenation of cells and tissues. By improving circulation and blood flow, LLLT shortens the duration of ischaemic episodes and minimizes associated pain and discomfort.

Researchers have begun to explore the benefits of LLLT for tendinopathy. Haslerud et al (2015) found it to be an effective modality in a complete shoulder tendinopathy program, able to produce greater results than programs that omitted LLLT. Page et al (2014) noted its efficacy in improving circulation, mobility, and pain levels in patients with “frozen shoulder.”

Teeth and Oral Infections

Dental professionals around the world are starting to understand and appreciate the oral health applications of LLLT. Cobb (2006) found that LLLT devices like the Handy Rx produced exceptional results in the treatment of chronic periodontitis. Similarly, Sculean et al (2005) noted LLLT's ability so speed the healing of infections around dental implants. Evidence is now being released indicating LLLT's potential use as a treatment for dentin hypersensitivity, wisdom tooth extraction complications, and oral mucositis (He et al, 2015; Oberoi et al, 2014; Sgolastra et al, 2013).

Hair Loss Prevention

LLLT is an exciting new treatment option for hair loss. Though practitioners in Europe have praised this method for years, the FDA only recently approved LLLT as a treatment for androgenetic alopecia, known colloquially as male-pattern baldness. Laser light travels into the tissue of the scalp, stimulating the production of energy at the cellular level, improving cell function and potentially triggering new hair growth. Some patients will respond better than others, but LLLT's non-chemical, non-invasive, and side-effect free characteristics means anyone can experiment with this option.

Other Treatment Applications

The non-invasive, side-effect free nature of LLLT means that it can be integrated into almost any treatment program. The possibilities for your practice are endless.

Studies have suggested LLLT as an effective option to treat pain and swelling in breast-cancer related lymphedema (Smoot et al, 2015). LLLT has also been used successfully to speed wound healing and deliver acute pain relief for a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

For further references and treatment applications, please go to http://www.pubmed.gov and search “Low-Level Laser Therapy.”

 

 

The Handy Cure/Handy Rx's Technical Specifications

Average power:

· Total radiation: 60-90 mW
· Laser radiation: 0.4-6.25 mW
· Infrared radiation: 30-40 mW
· Red LEDs radiation: 2-10 mW

Permanent magnet induction:

· 25-45 mT

Wavelengths:

· Infrared laser radiation: 905 nm (invisible radiation)
· Infrared LED radiation: 875 nm (invisible radiation)
· Red LED radiation: 635 nm (visible radiation)

Laser power:

· 25 W

Maximum pulsating laser power:

· 25 W

Equipment type:

· Class 2 equipment, Applied Part Type
· Laser Class 1 (IEC 60825-1)

Power Input

· 100-240 V ~ 50/60 Hz

Power Output:

· 13 V

Supply ratings:

· 13 VDC, max. 1.3A

Lifespan:

· 25,000 hours of effective use

 

 

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