Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves
for therapeutic purposes."
(This is a very VAGUE description. Different devices can work in
stimulation (EMS), also
known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is the elicitation
of muscle contraction using electric impulses. .... The
impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes
on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. ..... The impulses
mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system,
causing the muscles to contract." Wikipedia
What makes the
ReBuilder different from other devices such as TENS or EMS? I have
already tried a TENS.
A normal TENS device is designed to block nerve paths so
that nerve impulse cannot get through to the brain. They
are a generic tool designed for pain control, especially from
trauma. They do not help the nerves to recover.
The ReBuilder was designed specifically for peripheral
neuropathy. The ReBuilder does
not block nerve paths, on the
contrary, it opens nerve paths.
The purpose is to rehabilitate these nerves back into normal
function again. Not just stopping the pain and numbness symptoms
temporarily, but actually reversing the symptoms for lasting
EMS is designed to strengthen muscles and improve
circulation. The ReBuilder
combines an EMS signal
with its own proprietary healing signals, so
that the leg muscles are strengthened to
provide better blood circulation to support
these newly awakened nerves and stronger
legs to prevent falls. This technology
qualifies for the patent pending status
(#10/823,774) it now holds.
neuropathy results from a temporary lack of
oxygen to the nerves, causing a temporary
shrinking of the nerves, then you need to
wake them up just like you had to wake up
your leg when it went to sleep if you sat on
it wrong when you were young. To do that, we
used special equipment to measure exactly
what a normal, healthy nerve signal looked
like, then precisely duplicated that signal.
Because the shrinking nerves make the
synaptic junctions between each nerve cell
bigger, we needed to send a larger than
normal signal, so we amplified it by a
factor of ten. Then, we delivered this
amplified, healing signal to each foot so
this signal would travel up the leg to the
nerve roots of the spine and then down the
opposite leg to the to the foot. This
re-educates the nerves paths and awakens the
nerve cells themselves
newly awakened nerves need additional blood
supply to support these nerve cells so we
overlaid a signal ( EMS) that could cause
the calf muscles to contract and relax. This
increases blood supply and strengthens the
leg muscles to prevent falls.
As an added
measure to help limit the pain and anxiety
of the patient, we pulsed these signals on
and off at the rate of 7.83 times per
second. We arrived at this frequency because
it corresponds to the Schumann Resonant
Frequency of the earth itself. the
electromagnetic field surrounding the earth
pulses at this frequency and may explain why
many people report feeling better working
with the earth in their garden, walking on
the beach barefoot, etc. Perhaps this
frequency traveled from one foot to the
other or from one hand to the other when in
physical contact with the damp earth. When
we used this pulsed frequency we found that
we could use much less energy (making the
device safer) and that it caused the brain
to release endorphins, pain and anxiety
relievers that can travel via the
bloodstream to all parts of the body. The
beneficial effect is that it helps the
patient to sleep better at night and during
the day, elevates his mood.
miniaturized and controlled with a
microprocessor and circuits so that they
could measure the patient’s response
automatically a hundred times per second,
and make adjustments on the fly for the
patient’s complete safety. Each individual
signal is custom tuned to that patient's
particular unique biological needs and
Are there times or
circumstances when I should not use it?
It depends on the kind of pacemaker. If you
have a pacemaker with the defibrillator
you should not use it.
There is really no problem with signal
interference, but sometimes a patient will
get nervous or excited and the adrenalin
release can cause the heart to change
rhythms and trigger the defibrillator. No
real damage is done, but that can be a real
surprise! We recommend that if you have any
pacemaker or other implanted device, you
should talk to your doctor and perhaps have
him/her call us to discuss your personal
situation. Hundreds of patients have done
just that and are using their ReBuilder
successfully. Still, talk to your doctor
before using the ReBuilder in these cases.
The other event that you
should not use the ReBuilder is when you have
confirmed the existence of blood clots in your
lower legs. The chances are very slight, but
it is possible that the increase in circulation could
dislodge the clot. If you are on blood thinners, this
risk minimized even further. It is considered safe, but
you can have your doctor contact us to speak to a
medical professional. (Ironically, these same blood thinners can cause
and/or aggravate your peripheral neuropathy.)
Should I wait
until my doctor becomes up to date with the
ReBuilder technology before I buy it? My
doctor says he is unfamiliar with it so he
is naturally a bit hesitant to recommend it
I suppose it really depends on how much pain
or numbness you have and how much it is
impacting on your quality of life. Most
medical advances like the ReBuilder take 5
to 7 years before they become mainstream.
When ReBuilder Medical developed the infrared ear
thermometer in 1985 it took 8 years before
hospitals and doctors abandoned their
dangerous mercury leaking glass
thermometers. Now almost every hospital in
the world uses our technology. The PAP smear
was considered quackery for 11 years. That
being said, more and more doctors and
clinics are now using and prescribing the ReBuilder for their
patients. We add more and more clinics and doctor's offices to
our list of treatment centers every day. Your choice is
therefore: either to wait and experience the normal progression
of the disease, take the strong drugs that can make matters
worse, or, make an informed, intuitive decision and try the ReBuilder.
(Money Back Guaranteed, Lifetime Warranty)
Unfortunately, Medicare is
currently unavailable for coverage.
Model 300 has been partially covered in the
past, however newer Medicare regulations have
restricted access to this wonderful product.
ReBuilder treatments IN A CLINIC are
routinely covered by most insurance
companies under the codes used
for electrical stimulation. Your physician bills
your provider directly.
For HOME USE, policies vary. If your
physician prescribes a ReBuilder for you, he
will write a prescription, submit a medical
necessity form, and most independent,
commercial insurance companies will
reimburse you according to the terms of your
policy... usually 80%.
Blue cross varies from
state to state. In most
cases Blue Cross will reimburse you for
ReBuilder purchase. However, in
some cases, Blue Cross will not reimburse in a single
payment, but will pay the physician or Durable Medical
Equipment company for a monthly rental for 14 months,
and thereafter title to the equipment passes to you. This
'capped rental' program can prove very
administratively time consuming so most
physicians try to avoid this method.
Thus far, Illinois' Blue
Cross plan has denied coverage for the ReBuilder.
The ReBuilder is
considered a "TENS" device to Blue Cross and private
insurers. You should call your insurance provider
for details for your own personal policy.
represent you with your insurance company
directly because of the excessive time and
record keeping expense that entails.
We would have to raise prices significantly.
Does it hurt?
What does it feel like?
The ReBuilder feels good. The signal feels
like a tiny tingle that pulses on and off.
Many people describe it as feeling like an
"internal massage". if you turn the unit up,
your calf muscles will twitch every time the
little indicator light on the ReBuilder
lights up. If you use the EMS setting to
strengthen your muscles, you will feel a
stronger contraction that lasts 6 seconds
and then rests your legs for 6 seconds. You
can manually adjust the intensity setting
for maximum comfort.
How will I
know when its working?
As for the ReBuilder itself, the ReBuilder
has an indicator light on its face that
lights up every time a signal is sent. This
will tell you if the unit itself is
generating a pulse. To test the wires that
lead to the signal pads, you can hold one
signal pad in each hand (or get another
person who has a healthy nervous system to
hold it in their hands) and slowly increase
the intensity setting until you can feel it.
You can wet the pads to increase the
conductivity if necessary.
As for whether
your ReBuilder is working to reduce your
symptoms, This can be a subjective analysis
based upon your particular set of symptoms.
Usually, during the actual 30 minute
treatment session, the sensation of pain
will be totally gone, and then you will
experience a significant reduction in pain
for 2 to 4 hours. Then, this benefit should
gradually increase in effectiveness and
length of time with each successive
treatment. For numbness and tingling, your
feet will feel warm and more flexible
immediately after a treatment, and for 2 to
4 hours after, but it may take a month or
more for lasting results. This is because
nor only do the peripheral nerves need time
to regenerate, but the brain must then
re-connect with these now healthy nerves and
re-learn to interpret the new incoming
signals. If you are taking any pain
medications, then your results may take
longer until you are able to reduce your
prescriptions with the help of your
physician. Pain meds work by suppressing the
nerve signals, and can actually make your
neuropathy worse over time.
Can I use it
if I have an open wound on my foot or leg?
You should avoid using the ReBuilder with
the footbath until the skin closes over and
begins to heal. In the meantime, you can use
your ReBuilder with the direct skin method
avoiding the area near the open wound. then,
once the wound begins to heal, you can
accelerate the healing by going back to the
footbath method. We offer a special
nanosilver based skin ointment to use on an
open lesion that can reduce the chance of
opportunistic bacterial infections called
SilverCure. For dry skin, or people with
diabetes, we offer a hand and body lotion
with nanosilver that re-hydrates the skin
while protecting against skin infections.
Silver becomes antiseptic and antiviral when
in the nano particle size.
Yes, it is safe for children above the age
of 5 under the direct supervision of a
parent or physician. Many children will like
the feeling so much that they will want to
play with it. The only side effect is tired
muscles if overused.
people use it?
Yes, the average age of our patients is 50
and over. The ReBuilder is designed with large
adjusting knobs for arthritic hands, and a
large typeface for those with vision
challenges. It is powered by a common 9 volt
battery, and even if used with the wall
adapter, there is safety circuitry built in
so that even if it is dropped into the water
bath, it poses no danger. The ReBuilder
automatically shuts off.
What if it
carries an unconditional LIFETIME warranty
against workmanship. If you have a problem,
you can return it and we will repair it or
replace it at our option and return it to
you and we will pay the return shipping
charge. ReBuilders built in 1988 are still working perfectly.
Is it Guaranteed?
For the last 18 years,
the ReBuilder has been unconditionally guaranteed by the
manufacturer. It no longer carries this
ReBuilder FDA approved?
If you mean, is it fully registered with the
FDA?, then yes it is. It is registered under
the 510K basis as both a TENS and an EMS,
(which is the only two categories that the
FDA offers). The FDA does not approve any
medical device, the FDA only "approves"
pharmaceuticals. It has a registration
process for medical devices and the ReBuilder fully meets all national state and
county requirements and registrations. The
ReBuilder is fully covered by product
liability insurance and has not had any
claim in 18 years. There have been no
complaints or investigations registered by
the FDA in 18 years.
was first registered by the FDA in 1988. Why
is it not in mainstream medicine by now?
In reality, we don't know! We are a small
company (14 employees, 10,000 square foot
facility) and we have a tough time as it is
meeting our ever increasing production
demands. We are currently examining offers
to take our company "public" to raise the
necessary capital to increase our
manufacturing capability and to fund
marketing beyond the web.
simply do not have time to read all the
published info available.
ReBuilder was first introduced for
peripheral artery disease alone, not for
peripheral neuropathy. The founder, David B.
Phillips, invented it to help his father
rehabilitate after his open heart coronary
artery bypass surgery. His father complained
more from the leg incision (to remove the
leg vein for grafting material) than from
the chest incision. The ReBuilder enabled
him to heal in 2 weeks and return to his
normal life. he is now 82 and works full
time at ReBuilder medical, Inc. The
ReBuilder was re-engineered in 2001 for use
in peripheral neuropathy (because of the
larger market potential) and sales are
increasing at the rate of 20% per year.