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If you are suffering from chronic knee pain it is because the nerves in your legs are dying off. The KEY to eliminating your knee pain is to stimulate nerves that are called large diameter afferents (LDAs)! LDAs prevent or inhibit pain by firing in to an area in the spinal cord known as Laminae II. We have found that because the nerves are dying off, it will take time to correct your knee pain. In addition, we have to remove scar tissue adhesion’s in the muscles that support the knee (popliteus, adductors, tensor fascia late, and psoas). These adhesion’s form over the course of one’s lifetime as a result of minor traumas (falls, bumps, bruises, etc.)

NOTE: It is VITAL that in addition to decreasing your knee pain, we also have to rehab the knee with the therapies listed below so the pain does not return.

What we do in our office flat-out WORKS!!! I expect you to get results in 1-3 visits. What do I mean by “results?” I want to see a 25% to 40% improvement in your level of pain. YOU WILL NOT BE PAIN FREE OR “CURED” IN 1-3 VISITS BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO REHAB THE KNEE WITH THE MODALITIES LISTED BELOW. Complete rehab can take anywhere from 24 to 36 visits.

Here are explanations of our various therapies that we will be doing in the office to relieve your pain and swelling.

The laser is one of the newest technologies we use in the office. It is a revolutionary break-through in pain therapy!

It provides the following benefits…

A: Accelerated cell reproduction and growth.

B: Faster healing. The laser stimulates fibroblast development (these are building blocks) in damages tissue. This can help in the reduction of recovery time

C: Increased metabolic activity. Helps the body increase output of specific enzymes; induces oxygen to blood cells and more effective immune response.

D: Reduce fibrous tissue formation. The laser reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or following surgery.

F: Anti-inflammatory action. The laser reduces swelling caused by inflammation of joints to give improved joint mobility. This is very important in relieving your knee pain.

G: Increased vascular and nerve activity. The laser stimulates lymph and blood circulation to allow the affected tissue to have the best possible circulation. It may also help stimulate nerve function. If you have a slow recovery or nerve dysfunction in damaged tissue, it can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser use will speed the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life.

H: The laser also increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.


The most advanced electrotherapy on the market today!

What is Electromedicine and Horizontal Therapy?

We have just incorporated a new therapy, known as Horizontal Therapy. This machine HEMT has been a breakthrough in electromedicine, combining all known forms of exectromedical therapy, in addition to this new revolutionary therapy. It is the most sophisticated form of electrotherapy available.

A German company engineered and manufactured this advanced unit to create a unique electrotherapy treatment concept called Horizontal Therapy. The field of electrmedicine has evolved over the years and provided us with electrical muscle stimulation, TENS therapy, microcurrent, inferential therapy, and other forms. Each of these methods of electrotherapy has a particular role in treating a variety of conditions, but none of them approach the therapeutic effects which are combined in the HEMT with Horizontal Therapy.

Communication between cells takes place in two ways: bioelectrically and biochemically. Whether the cells are in bone, muscle, ligament or nerve tissue, communication occurs via electrical currents and chemical messengers. When cellular communication is impaired, pain and disease occur, so that the normal functional state is lost. This causes a further breakdown in cellular communication.

Up until now, either the bioelectrical or the biochemical communication could be enhanced with electrotherapy at one time, but, not both at once. With Horizontal Therapy, both bioelectrical and biochemical components can be treated all in one treatment session. By holding the bioelectric intensity constant while changing the frequency, Horizontal Therapy can have a broad spectrum physiologic effect. The HEMT preset programs are designed to do this automatically.

What Types of Conditions are Successfully Addressed with Horizontal Therapy?

Conditions such as knee pain, peripheral neuropathy, low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, overuse injuries, various kinds of headaches, muscle spasm, nerve pain, joint swelling, inflammation and many other conditions can be effectively treated with the horizontal therapy.

At low frequencies in the bioelectric range, circulation, lymphatic flow, swelling, pain and muscle function can all be improved. At higher frequencies in the biochemical range, circulation, lymphatic flow, swelling, pain, immune system function, muscle activation and metabolism are enhanced.

Effective Clinical Usage for:


•Back Pain

•Neck Pain

•Sciatic Pain

•Foot Pain/numbness/peripheral neuropathy


•Shoulder Pain

•Post-Op Pain

•Complex Chronic Pain

•Muscle Re-education

•Nerve Stimulation

•Relax Muscle Spasms

•Improving Range of Motion

•Poor Circulation

•Hand and Wrist Pain

Is Horizontal Therapy Safe?

It should be noted that the bioelectrical currents that are used in HEMT are entirely safe. They have been rigorously tested and have surpassed all standards required for biomedical devices. The current is painless and in most cases is not even felt.


Removing Scar Tissue Adhesions! (a key component in relieving your knee pain!!)

Scar tissue forms in the body as a temporary patching mechanism for wounds caused by surgery, trauma or repetitive stress. Scar tissue connecting tissue not normally connected are called adhesion’s. Adhesions can spread, entrapping nerves causing pain or numbness and limiting range of motion. Undiagnosed pain and restricted mobility are likely to be caused by these scar tissue adhesion’s.

Scar Tissue Therapy

Rapid Release Technology targets painful adhesion’s using resonance. RRT has determined the optimum frequency for maximum effectiveness. Our frequency also triggers the Tonic Vibration Reflex or TVR. This frequency is well known to instantly relax muscle guarding, cramps and spasms. RRT is unique in the above properties as it operates many times faster than other therapeutic devices, and it feels great too.

Scar Tissue therapy is focused on relief of soft tissue problems caused by adhesion’s such as:

Knee Pain (specifically the muscles that support the knee as stated above)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Muscle Spasms

Trapped Nerves

Range of Motion

Contractures, Neuromas

Back, Shoulder and Ankle Pain

Headaches, TMJ

Tennis Elbow


The PNRT unit then sends out a “test” signal that represents the most common waveform for healthy peripheral nerves. This signal goes from one foot, up the leg to the nerve roots in your back, down the other leg, to the other foot.

It then waits for an echo-like response from this initial signal. This phenomenon is similar to the patella reflex when your doctor hits just below your kneecap with a little rubber hammer and your leg kicks out.

When this initial signal reaches the other foot, an automatic response sends a signal back to the PNRT unit.

Just as a cardiologist can take one look at the shape of the signal displayed on the EKG monitor above the patient’s bed in the hospital and diagnose what is wrong with the heart, we have been able to identify that the peripheral nerves have a very particular shape to its waveform, and we can diagnose the nature of the problem from analyzing that waveform. This feature is built into the PNRT unit and processed by its internal microprocessor.

Abnormalities in the shape of the waveform on the way up indicates issues with numbness; the shape of the top of the waveform indicates the ability of the nerve to deliver the signal long enough for the brain to receive it all; abnormalities in the downward slope of the waveform indicates pain, and the shape of the refractory period below the baseline (as the nerve cell re-polarizes itself) indicates the ability of the nerve pathway to prepare for the next signal.

The PNRT unit then creates a compensating waveform (similar to the Bose headphones that cancel out the background noise on airplanes). Where there is too much energy displayed, the PNRT UNIT adapts the treating waveform to reduce that energy. Where the waveform indicates too little energy, it increases the energy in that area. This process goes on 7.83 times every second, sending a signal, analyzing the returning signal, creating a compensating signal, and sending this new signal.

The reason for the 7.83 Hz frequency is that it takes time for the nerve cell to re-polarize (or reset) itself between its transmission of nerve signals. Minerals have to squeeze through little holes in the cell wall, and then return. This takes time. We have found that if we slow down the treatment to 7.83 times per second, it gives the nerves time to re-polarize and get ready for the next signal.

We are offering a Consultation, Orthopedic Testing, a Detailed Neurological Evaluation and 3 FREE treatments all for $47!

McCarthy Family Chiropractic 916 Evans Street Greenville, NC 27834 252-758-2222

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