Dancing in the Streets

Tech-based therapies effective against tremors, psoriasis, osteoporosis.

Back in 1992, while on the drive home from dropping her youngest daughter off at college, Lynn Holtmeyer turned to her husband, Tom, and while contemplating their new situation as empty nesters asked, “Well, what are we going to do for fun now?”

Photo courtesy of Lynn Holtmeyer.

Tom & Lynn Holtmeyer

“Tom said to me, You know, I’ve always wanted to learn the two-step. To that, I said, Okay then, let’s do it. So I signed us up for classes, and we started dancing. Now, we dance everything from the country two-step to the foxtrot and waltzes. It’s our hobby.”

More than just a hobby, Lynn and Tom also dance annually at various holiday functions and at a variety of events to help raise money for charities. It’s their way of giving something back to the community they now call home.

“It’s something we really enjoy doing together,” says Lynn, a retired registered nurse who worked for more than 30 years in that field before she and her husband retired and moved to The Villages®.

Fueled by their passion for music and dancing, Lynn and Tom are greatly enjoying their retirement years. This despite the fact Lynn fights a constant battle with three different autoimmune disorders.

Autoimmune diseases are those in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis are among the more common forms of the disorder. The latter is one that Lynn suffers from.

“When I was first diagnosed with it, I had psoriasis everywhere,” Lynn laments. “I had it on my arms, my thighs, my legs, buttocks and back. But that wasn’t the only problem I was having. I was also having some trouble with tremors in my left hand.”

Lynn is right-handed, but still, the tremors were so violent that they kept her from doing several normal activities. For example, holding a phone became virtually impossible for her, as did just about anything she did that involved using her left hand.

Despite her experience in the medical field, Lynn eventually decided to seek help for her hand tremors from a facility outside of the traditional medical community. Her choice was iPulse.

Battery Booster

Founded by Peter DeSimone, iPulse is a technology-based wellness center in Summerfield that offers a promising, noninvasive, drug-free remedy for chronic pain and swelling called pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF therapy.

The science behind PEMF therapy is as old as electricity and is FDA approved for use in correcting a variety of maladies, including nonunion bone fractures, post-operative pain and swelling, migraine headaches, urinary incontinence, even brain cancer.

Similar to those emitted during an MRI, PEMF therapy produces low-level electromagnetic pulses that energize worn-out cells. These pulses are delivered through a variety of devices that, depending on the area of the body being treated, can be a mat, a paddle or a ring.

“The cells in our body are like batteries,” Peter explains. “Over time, they lose their charge, become weak and stop functioning properly. When that happens, they stop taking in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and oxygen.

“That allows waste and toxins to become trapped inside, and that is generally the starting point for every sort of chronic pain, illness or disease known to man, including many issues of the brain.

“When the neurons and dopamine production dissipate, the brain starts doing things it’s not supposed to do. That can lead to a whole slew of conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, even multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

“When it comes to those kinds of neurological issues – and clearly it’s not the same for everybody – it’s the neuron’s inability to operate and function properly that most people are affected by. What the magnetic energy does is to help restore that proper functionality.

“So whether it’s for tissue cells, muscle cells, nerve cells or whatever, think of this as a factory reset where we’re getting the cells back to good functioning condition with proper nutrients and oxygen, which gives the body a better chance to heal itself.”

Beyond Expectations

Lynn first visited iPulse in the spring of last year. She initially received six PEMF treatments and says she could not believe the impact they had on the tremors in her left hand. In essence, she says, they got rid of them.

She then decided to take a month off from the treatment. Within that time, Lynn’s tremors returned. That prompted a return visit to iPulse, where a single PEMF treatment brought an end to the tremors.

At that same time, Lynn mentioned her ongoing issue with psoriasis to Peter. After explaining to Lynn that psoriasis is actually a viral condition, Peter suggested she try another one of his noninvasive, drug-free remedies, ozone sauna therapy.

A new twist on an ages-old idea, ozone sauna therapy oxygenates the body and uses steam to naturally cleanse it and strengthen the immune system, which in turn has wide-ranging beneficial effects on a person’s health and well-being.

Those effects used to be realized through time spent in steam baths or thermal springs, but ozone sauna therapy provides those benefits through short stays of about half an hour a few times a week in a specially designed private sauna cabinet, or pod.

The sauna cabinet creates an environment for the body where activated oxygen, or ozone, is absorbed through the pores of the occupant’s skin and into their bloodstream, lymph system and fat tissue.

Once inside the body, the ozone goes to work detoxifying the lymphatic system, clearing the skin, relaxing the muscles and accelerating blood flow, which can kill bacteria, viruses and microorganisms.

“There is a lot of stuff that’s in our bodies that is bad for the body that doesn’t have a defense mechanism against oxygen,” Peter educates. “The more oxygen you can put into the body, the more defense you’re going to have against these things.

“That’s what ozone does. Ozone is a natural gas that, when introduced into the body, does a great job of fighting and killing off all kinds of bad stuff such as viruses, bacteria, fungus and mold.

“The other thing that ozone does is strengthen and boost the immune system. So if you have things like rheumatoid arthritis or any kind of autoimmune disease, ozone will give you a better fighting chance against those things.

“That’s why I suggested the ozone sauna therapy for Lynn, because psoriasis is a virus, and when you’re inside the sauna pod, your pores become dilated. So with the ozone entering through the skin, you’re kind of getting direct access there.”

Feel the Vibe

In addition to receiving ozone sauna therapy, Lynn was also undergoing ultraviolet skin treatment from her dermatologist. Together, the two treatments all but eliminated her psoriasis in all but one part of her body.

“I still have some psoriasis on my lower legs, but I was told that’s always the last to heal,” she says. “Everywhere else, it’s improved dramatically, and that’s something the doctors didn’t initially think could happen.

“They told me that it was about as good as it’s going to get, but then I tried the ozone sauna therapy, and it cleared up. It was like a miracle happened. They said I was like a miracle patient, so I’m going to keep on doing that and the PEMF therapy.

“I’m going to keep doing the PEMF therapy because, even though I’m very active with our dancing, I ended up with real severe osteoporosis. But since I started the PEMF therapy and another treatment here, the Hypervibe, my bone density scan numbers have improved.”

The Hypervibe is a vibrating exercise machine that works the core muscles and small muscle groups throughout the body. Simply standing on the Hypervibe provides patients such as Lynn with its benefits, and it’s one more reason Lynn “loves” iPulse.

“My husband and I both get many of the treatments at iPulse, and we love what it’s done for us,” she raves. “And Peter is such a fine man. He’s so caring and so smart. We’re really fortunate that we found iPulse, and we recommend it to everyone.”

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