Two-Way Treatment

New therapy uses electricity to stop pain.

Like millions of other Americans, Melinda* lived every day in pain. The agony she felt from the arthritis in her knees kept her from her regular exercise routine, as well as her morning strolls through the neighborhood. She relied on pain pills just to make it through her daily household chores. By 2018, she was nearly disabled. Then she found hope.Dr. Craig S. Aderholdt of Back Pain Institute of West Florida in Bradenton and Sarasota discusses the new Hako-M

“I wanted to avoid knee replacement surgery, but the pain made me miserable and depressed me,” Melinda relates. “Then, I heard about a new treatment for pain being offered at Back Pain Institute of West Florida, and I thought maybe this was the answer to my prayers.”

Back Pain Institute of West Florida is where Dr. Craig S. Aderholdt provides the most advanced treatments for patients in severe pain. In keeping with his mission of decreasing pain and achieving patient wellness, Dr. Aderholdt has been offering the state of the art in electromedicine called Hako-Med Horizontal® Therapy.

This revolutionary therapy is named for Hako-Med International, the German company that manufactures the PRO ElecDT® 2000, which is the patented, innovative system used during treatment. Currently, Dr. Aderholdt is the only chiropractic physician in the area offering this unique therapy.

“Electromedicine is a discipline within the field of medicine that deals with the use of electricity to aid in the treatment of many physical ailments,” Dr. Aderholdt describes. “Electricity is found naturally in all of us, and we know that certain electrical impulses in our bodies help with healing. Electromedicine works by triggering these healing impulses.”

Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy is the latest breakthrough in the science of electromedicine and the most advanced and effective form of bioelectric treatment available to date. It has been used successfully around the world, and its acceptance and use in the US has grown in recent years as many clinical studies have documented its benefits.

“Hako-Med Therapy is proven highly effective at treating a variety of disorders,” reports Dr. Aderholdt. “It has been shown to be beneficial in treating back pain, neck pain, knee pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, complex chronic pain, post-surgical pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other conditions, especially circulatory disorders.”

Dr. Aderholdt notes how living with constant pain is an enormous challenge for many Americans, including Melinda. The effects of pain go well beyond the physical and can pervade every aspect of people’s lives, including their relationships with friends, family and coworkers.

To underscore this point, the doctor refers to a recent survey by the American Pain Foundation. The survey noted that more than half of its respondents felt they had little or no control over their pain. Nearly 59 percent reported their pain had an impact on their overall enjoyment of life, and almost 70 percent said it affected their work.

“Aches and pains are not a normal part of living or of growing older,” stresses
Dr. Aderholdt. “They are your body’s way of telling you there may be something wrong. A benefit of Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy is that it not only relieves pain, it also acts on what’s causing the problem to improve the underlying condition.”

Therapeutic Effects

To best treat his patients in severe pain, Dr. Aderholdt sometimes combines Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy with VAX-D® Therapy, a medical decompression technique designed to alleviate pressure on the discs of the spine.

“The synergy is very positive,” observes Dr. Aderholdt. “Hako-Med Therapy provides me with yet another tool to help my patients with pain potentially become pain free because it goes deeper than muscle stimulation. It goes very, very deep, even to the bones.”

Dr. Aderholdt relates that he has seen Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy help patients with fused disc pain, as well as those who’ve come to him saying, Nothing has worked for me.

“The therapy helps with the pain level of a person who’s had surgery,” he says, “and it helps alleviate pain from scar tissue. It can also help reduce the need for medication. One study showed that after six months of Hako-Med Therapy, less than one half of patients were back on pain medications.”

Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy is effective because it addresses pain and disease on two fronts, explains Dr. Aderholdt. In the body, communication between cells of any tissue is done through electrical currents and chemical messengers. Pain conditions and disease are the result of miscommunication between the cells, which causes a breakdown in function.

Conventional electromedicine therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), are able to achieve therapeutic effects on either the bioelectric or biochemical process, but not both. Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy, however, achieves therapeutic effects on both processes at the same time.

“Hako-Med Therapy is based on the premise that bioelectric changes in living tissue are strictly combined with biochemical changes and vice versa,” confirms
Dr. Aderholdt. “Because of this two-way therapeutic effect, this therapy is a very powerful treatment for many conditions, especially pain and circulatory disorders.

“Hako-Med Therapy is backed by more than thirty years of research. In clinical and case studies done around the world, it has shown an eighty to ninety percent success rate in providing immediate pain relief.”

Studies have also reported that Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy provides successful results that can last up to three years or longer. And it has virtually no negative side effects.

Dr. Aderholdt says almost anyone who experiences chronic pain or suffers from a circulatory disorder may benefit from treatment with Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy. He does mention, however, that some people may not be good candidates for the therapy.

“People who are not good candidates include anyone with an implanted pacemaker or other type of implanted electronic device,” he discloses. “Others are cancer patients, people with acute general infections or acute local bacterial infections. It also should not be used on the uterus area of pregnant women.”

Quick Relief

Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy has helped many patients when other treatments have failed. For each individual, Dr. Aderholdt evaluates the person’s symptoms and develops a tailored treatment plan. The number of treatments needed varies with the patient’s condition and the area being treated.

“Patients often experience significant benefits within the first three treatment sessions,” the doctor notes. “However, patients need to complete the full course of therapy to achieve the best results.”

Most patients report that treatment with the PRO ElecDT 2000 feels similar to the mild tingling sensation felt during TENS therapy. Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy sessions are often described as relaxing and comfortable, and generally last between 30 and 45 minutes.

The Hako-Med PRO ElecDT 2000 is computer controlled, with numerous built-in programs, although Dr. Aderholdt can enter specific parameters to meet a patient’s unique needs. The machine uses differently sized electrodes, which are placed on the area of the patient’s body being treated. It provides biofeedback so the doctor can monitor the patient during treatment.

Dr. Aderholdt says the Hako-Med PRO ElecDT 2000 has become one of the most heavily used pieces of equipment in his office. It is the piece of equipment he used to treat Melinda, who has become one of its success stories.

“My knee pain has decreased tremendously since getting this new treatment,” reports Melinda. “I’m not taking pain pills anymore, and I’m able to take my walks around the neighborhood. I feel fantastic. Dr. Aderholdt and Back Pain Institute of West Florida were the answer to my prayers.”

*The patient’s name was changed to protect her privacy.
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