Joint pain, mobility, and sleep ( with MS )
Fibromyalgia and organic mood disorder
MS pain and fatigue
Avoiding a knee replacement
-Cathryn Watters, lead chemotherapy nurse, Milton Keynes
Arthritis and MS
When my own patients buy machines after having had success in clinic, I pass them on a cost price. But I do ask them for a testimonial! Here’s a couple of nice ones – Thankyou ladies!
As someone of advancing years, with not only having MS, but a touch of Arthritis, I have found that using APS Therapy has eased the aches and pains considerably. This results in not having to take strong painkilllers, which keeps the head much clearer’
” notes on progress of 4th week.
Sleep improvements maintained although still wake frequently.
Pain during day virtually gone.
Pain at night much reduced – now only troubling between 6-8am.
Energy levels greatly improved. Much more stamina was able to withstand this hot spell very well.
I can now easily get up from a chair eve one without arms!
And get up from the toilet.
I can lower myself gently down instead of flinging myself down.
I can move around with ease and no longer have to plan everything I need to do. I can walk around the centre without a stick.
I can stand long enough to do some housework and get myself some lunch.
The spasms I was expereincing in the head have been getting less in frequency.
The physio that I do in the group and in the pool have got better.
I can stay on a gym ball for the whole session and the physio has noticed as improvement in my posture and walking.
Mood- has elevated to new hrights. I am delighted with the transformation – I feel I am getting me back.” Maggie Harvey. Luton, MS for over 20 years.
Same patient, email re clinic treatment for ‘electric shock type pains in head’ caused by MS
“thought you might like the end of 8 week APS Therapy results for Maggie Harvey’s electric shocks to head treatment plan.
The results are:
average at start 7/10
average at end 0/10
worst at start 10/10
Old motorbike injury –
After one week:
Machine works great. Relieved much muscular tension in the lower and mid back area which has really improved mobility.
I think there’s some skeletal damage to my lower vertebrae as I have some acute pain here still. I will organise To see my GP soon to see if I can get a scan or so….
After 3 weeks:
There is no stiffness any longer which is great. Chronic Back pain has reduced dramatically since first treatment from a solid 5 to a 2 (there is still acute lower back pain which I believe will be skeletal)
I’m still travelling a lot and the pain is a LOT less and energy levels on the whole have improved dramatically.
As far as the science behind the machine goes I reckon its done its job. I am using at least 3 times a week. I’m glad to have undertaken treatment.
Bruce Macdonald, engineer, North London
A couple of nice testimonials from Facebook!
Jilly Bozdogan I purchased one of these machines about 3 years ago, having used one at my local MS Therapy Centre. Amongst other pains I had a constant one in my toe which never went away. After about 3 sessions it started to hurt less.
Now that pain has gone and I have been able to cut down my pain medication.
Well worth the money.
Two or three years ago I injured my right shoulder when attempting to move an unexpectedly heavy wheelie bin. This has caused me to suffer continued pain and restricted movement in my neck and right shoulder ever since (particularly when rotating my head to the right or lowering my head down to my chest).
X-Rays and scans showed no obvious injury so I was referred for physiotherapy which helped a little but did not resolve the problem. I continued to suffer pain and loss of movement to the extent that I was unable to drive, ride my mountain bike or do many things around the house without difficulty.
I was later referred to the local Pain Clinic where I received Tramadol medication plus various treatments with limited success. “TENS” and acupuncture were most successful but benefit only lasted for a limited time. I was offered referral to neuro-surgery to explore surgical intervention which I was reluctant to pursue. As an alternative to surgery it was suggested that I join a new trial looking at “Action Potential Simulation” or “APS therapy” that was being trialled in my area for the first time.
After initial assessment, and simple training, I commenced a six week trial in January of this year. I received a therapy session (approx. 1 hour) three times a week for six weeks followed by a trial at home, twice a week, for a further two weeks.
Although sceptical that the therapy would work (after so many others had only limited success) it became apparent after the first couple of weeks that my symptoms were improving – and that they continued to improve throughout the rest of the trial. My pain was much reduced, as was my tramadol. I was sleeping better because of this and as a consequence my mood and energy were improved also. I was able to drive once more and found day to day tasks much easier.
Sadly, the machine I was using was recalled back to the trial. After a couple of weeks I found my symptoms gradually returning. Fortunately I was able to access use of a machine (out of clinic hours as it were). This enabled me, after a couple of weeks, to regain the improvements I had previously made.
This seems to indicate a definite benefit from using the machine. It is not a “Quick Fix” like the TENS or the acupuncture but the relief is more enduring and builds with regular use of the machine.
I have decide to purchase a machine of my own for continued use at home. This (as they say on the shopping channel) is a considered purchase but when weighed with the benefits I get it is money well spent as it allows me to be active and pain free once more.
N.B. During the trial it was noted that the therapy worked less well (or not at all) for some people. Indeed, it is noted in information from the manufacturer that the therapy does not work for everyone. Consider renting a machine first, or find a trial near you, before buying.
Susan N. Parker, Hull 09/07/2015
NB. we now include an 8 week trial period, with full money-back guarantee if not entirely saitsfied.
Long term back pain
After suffering with awful back pain for nearly 40 years, I tried APS treatment. It’s wonderful, the relief in my back has dropped from a 9 to 3.5 in 6 months of receiving the treatment, of which I had 3 times a week and my neck pain has gone completely
Margaret from Hull
I started using APS Therapy for my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of which I am suffering from since November 2013. I did not start on any medication after it was diagnosed in 2014 as I thought I could manage without and I also wanted to see how the RA would progress.
In February 2015 my RA got really bad and I could hardly do anything, not even push my daughters buggy to go for a walk, even if I would have had the energy to do so.
Lifting up my children, getting them dressed, changing nappies, it all became a very big challenge, not to mention the getting out of bed in the morning as I could hardly stand on my feet.
It was in this time that I heard about APS therapy from a friend of mine and because I was willing to try anything, I contacted Miranda Olding, who rented me a machine and gave me great support when needed.
It took about four to five weeks before I started noticing something and I am very glad that I stuck to the “golden rule” that you have to try everything for at least a six week. The first thing I noticed was that I stayed up later, was less tired during the day and slowly I was doing more and more. This went really gradually and after that my pain slowly decreased from 6/10, 60% of the time, to 2/10, 80% of the time. This all without any pain relief medication! I will continue to use the APS Therapy machine, and hope to continue to improve my health. – Eveline Peck, mum of two 🙂
I was diagnosed with dystonia at age 15 – I’m now 22. It causes me to have muscle spasms and shooting pain, especially after any sort of activity, really poor sleep and a big problem with fatigue.
I have been having APS now for 4 weeks. I was unceratin as to whether it would help my extremely agonizing neuropathic pain. But I have to say the benefits I have felt after 4 weeks of one seeion a week are outstanding. My pain no longer ruins my day-to-day life and mood. the relief from the pain is highest immediately after my weekly treatment although my lenght of time pain free seems to be constantly improving. I encourage anyone that suffers from neuropathic pain to give APS a go, it really has worked for me.” – Sophie Anderson, 29, Northampton, has MS.
Arthritis of the spine
I must say I was sceptical when we talked about it, because there’s so many hocus pocus machines about on the market, but it has really helped! The best thing is that from 3 weeks in, I haven’t taken a single painkiller. I’m most impressed.’ – Bob Hone, retired engineer, arthritis in spine, back pain.
Hospital APS Therapy Clinic results
Powerful testimonial from a man who had been contemplating ending his life due to pain;
“ I had tennis elbow for 2 years & only ever got temporary relief, from steroid injections. I couldn’t reach out to pick anything up due to pain – I couldn’t even scratch my own nose without pain! After the first week I started getting good sleep. After that, every week it’s been getting better. I’ve now done 6 weeks of APS Therapy and left it at that – I have complete mobility back, and I can now use my arm to do anything. I think it’s wonderful.” Linda Richardson, Gym technician.
Headaches and knee pain
I have been so excited by my progress with the APS Therapy – I have had no headaches for the first time in all my adult life, and it has completely sorted out my knee pain in such a short time, that I have persuaded my local pain clinic to buy a machine.” Dr. Maria Charbonne, GP, Luton
” I injured my achilles tendon recently and it was agony. The back on my ankle swelled up like a cricket ball, and I couldn’t walk properly. Nothing seemed to sort it out, including physio, until I had a few sessions of APS. This brought it down so fast I couldn’t believe it! The colour of my foot changed back to a healthy colour and the pain subsided, I seemed to recover very quickly after that.”
Kathryn Pollard, Ergospan office equipment, Bedfordshire.
Chronic post-surgical pain & swelling
I am a 37 year old female, 3 years ago I had an operation to relieve tennis elbow after having 18months of a painful swollen elbow joint. Since the operation I have been experiencing a dull heavy ache in my elbow joint, also my forearm and wrist have been swollen.
I heard about the APS machines and its outstanding results through the M.S therapy Centre, and was luck enough to use an APS Therapy machine.
I used the machine daily to start and my elbow felt relaxed and swelling subsided, I continued to use the machines for 9 Weeks in this time my elbow and forearm became less swollen and the achy sensation subsided, and i have been left pain free with no swelling.
– Clare Rouse, Northamptonshire
Arthritis & hip replacements
‘I purchased my APS machine in May 2001 when I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right hip. I found using the APS machine would relieve me of the pain. Following a replacement hip in 2002 I continued to use it and feel sure it helped my recovery. In 2006 I had my left hip replaced and once again I used my APS machine. As I am now in my 80th year and enjoy being active despite age related arthritis in other parts of my body, I continue to use the APS machine whenever I feel the need.’ Maureen J Butler, Wolverhampton
“As a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, I have tried various different treatments, therapies and drugs, all being just slightly successful for a while. So when I heard about the newly bought into our country ‘APS’ treatment, from my MS nurse at my local MS Therapy Centre I thought ok, lets give it a try.
Now along with my condition, I was having a terrible time with UTI’s. So what I didn’t expect, was the results this treatment, which is ‘sold’ as solely pain relief, gave me.
I commenced the recommended treatment plan, of three times a week, which was targeting the nerve pain I was getting in my legs. After three/four weeks I realised that along with reducing the pains in my legs, I had not had a UTI infection, but put it down to coincidence. This continued to be the case so I spoke to the nurse who said I was not the only person to raise this.
Unfortunately I became quite ill and was unable to get to the Therapy Centre for APS and after three to four weeks I found myself back to the beginning with numerous UTI infections and the pains in my legs slowly creeping back.
So I bought one and can now continue my therapy within my own home, but, not only can I benefit from it, my whole family can.
My conclusion, what a fantastic Therapy System it is and I would recommend to absolutely everyone!
Lisa Law, counsellor, Bedfordshire.
Ankylosing spondylitis, Headaches, sinus pain
As well as MS I also Suffer with Anklosing Spondylitis which gives me quite a lot of back pain. The MS itself was making me feel exceptionally tired & I was struggling with bad head aches & a recurring sinus issue.
A treatment plan was put together for me & within 2 weeks of starting the treatment I was no longer waking up every morning with bad headaches. My energy levels were greatly improved & my backache was reduced.
I would definitely recommend this treatment to other people. I have now purchased my own unit so that I can use it at home.
I addition to the treatment plan I have also used the aps machine to combat menstrual pain very effectively.
In summary using this machine in addition to leading a healthy lifestyle has helped me to stay active & continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. – Kat Miller, Bedfordshire.
‘ Recently my left leg started to become more stiff /painful and was starting to swell gradually. It was as a result of a Baker’s Cyst from 10 years earlier. I started using the APS device for about three months alongside remedial massage and when combined it lead to a major improvement. The stiffness/ pain was reduced and my leg is now well on the road to full recovery.’
Paul Comyn, Business Leader & mentor, Suffolk.
‘ I am a Shiatsu practitioner and I use my thumbs all the time to do really deep massage in my work. They had become really sore and inflamed, and hurt so much that by the end of the day I couldn’t use them at all. I had been told to just stop using them, and have had to buy splints to support them. I started to use the APS Therapy machine and after 6 times they are so much better already, I will let you know how I get on. The other day I decided to apply the electrodes to my abdomen, where I have another longstanding pain problem and I couldn’t believe it, because it worked instantly, and has not come back as yet. ‘ Melita O’Byrne, Shiatsu practitioner, Bedford.
“ My husband, Scott, has had fibromyalgia for many years. Working has become harder and harder for him, due to the constant fatigue, and every day, he was waking up in a lot of pain. Since using the APS machine, he has been so so much better. He hardly has pain at all now, and he’s able to not just go to work, but also come home and carry on decorating and renovating our new house, which he hadn’t been able to do for ages. When he had a break, after finishing renting, we really noticed the difference, so then we bought our own, and he uses it 2 or 3 times a week, and is continuing to improve.” Kelly, Luton
Cervical spondylosis ( arthritis of the spine)
After 4th week: ” I have cervical spondylosis, and have had pain in my head and radiating down my neck for over 10 years, most days. Since doing APS Therapy, I have been completely free of headaches. It’s such a lovely feeling, to wake up without pain. Also, I can’t get over how much more energy I have. I cannot remember feeling as well as I have since starting APS Therapy.”
Nicky Dorrill, hair salon owner, Olney, Bucks. She rented a machine for 4 weeks, and then decided to buy and keep it.
MS pain and fatigue
“”I’ve not felt like this since I was about 15! For two thirds of my life, I’ve been in some kind of pain, with lack of energy, not sleeping properly, having to plan essential things that I need to do, and then struggling to get them done, and frequently cancelling appointments because I’ve not been well enough to make them. Now, it’s my fourth week, and I’ve been active every day for the past 2 weeks. For instance, 3 weeks ago, my mum came to visit, and we walked everywhere, and then I had to spend Monday in bed. 2 weeks ago, a friend came to visit, we did the same walking, but the next day I was just up and active at 6/7 am. Now I’m sleeping well at night, and nothing is such an effort any more. I want to bottle it and give it to everyone I know!” – Poppy, Cornwall.
Pain and immobility following surgery for dislocated finger
After just one treatment we had the following email:
“Hey Miranda. Jon’s finger was so much better after the treatment. He can move it now without the pain that he had. He’s not been back on it yet as the house is upside down with clearing stuff ready for our move, but I’ll make sure he does…”
– watch this space!
MS pain and fatigue
‘I find it incredible, and it’s so good that it’s completely drug free! It took me about 1 week to go from pain that I couldn’t ignore ( about 7/10) to much better (2-3/10), and then by 3 weeks of treatment, I was pain free for 4 days at a time; now it’s been 6 weeks I am going 5 days a week pain-free. Also, I have much more energy. I used to use my scooter to walk my dog, and now, I just go!” Jenifer Anderson, 33, Bedford.
Severe nerve pain
This is from Christine McNaughton, who’s severely disabled, and uses an electric wheelchair.
“ It’s amazing what it’s doing to me. This is the first time for years that I haven’t had severe pain under my feet, and my knee pain is completely gone. I haven’t taken any oromorph since just after I started on the machine 2 weeks ago, and I’m really happy with it.”
Fatigue and neuropathic pain in MS
“I have been doing APS Therapy for three weeks now, so I haven’t finished the six week course yet. Before I started the treatment I had the ‘MS hug’ really badly. Most of the time the pain score was 5/10, but at times it was 11/ 10! Since I started the APS Therapy I haven’t had the really bad pain at all and most of the time the pain score is around 3.5/10, too low to notice. I also had knee pain, which was about 4.5/10 on the pain scale, and 7/10 when bad. Again, since having this treatment I haven’t had the bad pain at all and the pain score has gone down to around 3/10. The fact that I no longer notice pain shows the improvement. It’s just so nice not to have to constantly think about pain.
This treatment has also had a real impact on my sleep and fatigue. I usually wake up four or five times a night with pain, but last week I only woke once. Also, I don’t have that overwhelming feeling of tiredness. Last week I did so much! I took my brother, who is mentally disabled, on holiday, which involved so much walking. Normally, I would have been exhausted, but I just wasn’t. My numbness is less noticeable too.” Jackie Clarke, Luton
“As Jackie said, at the time of writing she had only be using the APS machine for three weeks; she went on to get further sustained improvement.
Arthritis in surgeon Professor Christian Barnard
Remember Professor Christiaan Barnaard, the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant operation? He had his own APS Therapy machine, and used it to keep working, after developing arthritis in his hands and shoulders. Here he is marvelling at the fact that after treatment, his pain did not return! Please note, the number displayed is for the manufacturer’s in Holland.
Coming off medication for pain
I have been having APS sessions now since 12/08/2014 and I have been amazed at how successful it has been! Since starting the APS I have been able to reduce my Pregabalin from 450-600mg to 100mg and I am still gradually reducing further! – Sue Pirks, Luton
-Updated some weeks later:
- I am using the machine 3 or 4 times a week
- and have continued to take the reduced level of Pregabalin (450-600mg down to 75mg daily)
- I am able to wear socks all day long, which is wonderful during winter! (I used to manage only a few hours at a time before the irritation became so extreme I had to remove them)
- and at home without shoes I can walk up the stairs without having to hold onto the rails, and have even managed to carry things in both hands without falling (or spilling my glass of water)
I continue to be delighted with the improvements.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon
Also see the video testimonials and stories on our Youtube channel.