Cold Brother® for joint pain

Cold Brother® for joint pain

Osteoarthritis or arthritis?

It is estimated that more than 20 million Germans already suffer from joint pain as a result of years of wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or acute inflammation (arthritis).

While in osteoarthritis the cartilage deteriorates and inflammation usually only occurs for a short time, in rheumatoid arthritis the inflammation is permanently embedded in joints or muscle areas. Typical inflammatory reactions such as redness, swelling and heat development are the visible and noticeable consequences and are often accompanied by permanent pain, sleep disorders and even depressive illnesses.

The two conditions are sometimes not so easy to distinguish from one another, as symptoms such as morning stiffness often occur in both cases. In addition, arthritis can also develop from long-standing osteoarthritis, namely when worn-down cartilage parts cause inflammation.

However, the treatments for the two conditions differ considerably: while osteoarthritis cannot be cured in principle, but can only be used to relieve pain and slow down the progression, arthritis is generally easier to treat as an acute inflammation, for example by cooling. If the arthritis persists for a longer period of time, it may be possible to determine whether it is a bacterial infection (treated with antibiotics) or a rheumatic inflammation, for which there are alternative treatment methods.

{Sources for this section see No. 1}

rheumatism

rheumatism

What are arthritis and fibromyalgia?

When your own immune system turns against you and attacks joints or muscles, it is called rheumatoid arthritis . It occurs in the form of a persistent inflammation and can occur in different parts of the body and even affect organs such as the heart and lungs.

Inflammation is usually a sensible protective reaction to stimuli such as an injury caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, heat or cold, chemicals or radiation. Various defense substances are released that support the healing process. Among other things, they ensure that the blood vessels in the tissue expand and more blood reaches the inflamed area and thus more fluid, which is why the wound becomes warm and red and swells. Pain signals are also sent to the brain so that the inflamed area is protected.

However, inflammation is not always useful. Sometimes the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own cells, resulting in chronic, long-lasting inflammation that may not have a logical origin such as an injury. This includes, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, i.e. an inflammation of the inner lining of joints, tendon sheaths and bursae, which gradually breaks down over time. During this process of breakdown, the joints are also attacked because antibodies are activated again. The reason for this is misguided immune cells that migrate into the joint and produce cytokines, i.e. messenger substances. As the disease progresses, not only the inner lining of the joint but also the joint cartilage and ultimately the bone are attacked.

This leads to pain, swelling, stiffness and limited mobility of the affected joints.

The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aims to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve joint function.

In fibromyalgia , on the other hand, the inflammatory-rheumatic process primarily affects soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments or tendons. The disease never affects the joints themselves, but it causes pain in the surrounding area - around the shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees or ankles.

Two out of every hundred people suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome, with women suffering six to seven times more often than men. In addition to the pain in the affected parts of the body, which usually occurs in bouts, many people also suffer from sleep disorders and various other physical complaints such as headaches, numbness in the hands and feet, and a depressed perception.

As with rheumatoid arthritis, the true biological causes have not yet been conclusively clarified - however, observations and studies suggest that emotional factors such as long-term stress and physical health problems such as smoking and obesity can have a significant influence.

{Sources for this section see numbers 2, 3, 4}

Conventional medicine

Conventional medicine

Complex medications with side effects.

There are currently three options that are used particularly frequently for rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists throughout Germany have been working on healing methods for many years and there are now opportunities to enable patients to live a pain-free life.

The big "BUT": It is extremely crucial when rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed as such - even a few weeks without a diagnosis can cause significant, irreparable damage to the joints and bones. However, since there are far too few rheumatologists in Germany, many patients have to wait months for an appointment. And then the rule is: the longer the disease progresses untreated, the more medication that ultimately has to be administered - often with the risk of severe side effects, especially due to high cortisol levels.

(1) The most prominent treatment method attempts to counteract the out-of-control immune system with anti-inflammatory cortisol preparations (glucocorticoids or corticosteroids). Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is normally produced in the adrenal glands and helps the body to cope with particular stress. According to the EULAR guideline, however, these preparations should only be used temporarily and usually not for longer than three to six months, as they can cause side effects such as weight gain or bone problems.

(2) So-called non-steroidal anti-rheumatic drugs (painkillers used in the treatment of rheumatism) rarely have a noticeable effect and do not change the course of the disease. Due to potentially critical side effects such as gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, cardiovascular problems such as atrial fibrillation and impairment of the liver and kidneys, regular blood tests are necessary. This is all the more important because the therapy usually has to be carried out over several years.

(3) Antidepressants are effective in about half of those affected, at least for a certain period of time. They can improve sleep, reduce pain and relieve tension. The dose in fibromyalgia therapy is lower than in the treatment of depression. There is no known habituation effect. The body gets used to pure sleeping pills and sedatives, which is why these cannot be recommended.

{Sources for this section see numbers 4, 5, 6}

{ Important: This overview is based on our own research and does not claim to be complete or medically correct – please refer to the sources listed below for further background information}

Alternatives

Alternatives

Cooling, exercise & nutrition

As with all acute inflammations, the general rule for rheumatoid arthritis is to avoid heat and apply cooling to specific areas to relieve pain and counteract swelling. The best-known home remedy for many decades has been the quark wrap - because cool temperatures constrict the blood vessels and slow down the metabolism, reducing the flow of inflammatory mediators. Cold also blocks the transmission of nerve impulses, which can significantly reduce the pain felt or even numb it completely.

But be careful: The problem with severe vasoconstriction in the long term is the slowed healing process, as less blood flows with nutrients and lymphatic motility is reduced. Above all, when the cold stimulus subsides, the vessels dilate reactively. This leads to a large influx of blood, which can heat up the inflammation again, which then fills it with new fluid. That is exactly what we don't want - cold packs or other strong cold stimuli should therefore only be used for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Mild cold , on the other hand, makes use of exactly these properties in a lighter form. While ice causes the blood vessels to constrict strongly, moderate cold causes them to contract only slightly. This allows the area to slowly reduce swelling and relieves pressure from the tissue. Metabolic processes are slowed down but not blocked, and lymphatic activity is even stimulated. It does not completely inhibit pain, but it does moderately relieve it over a longer period of time. Mild cold is therefore very good for long-term use and supports wound healing.

Another typical treatment option for rheumatic complaints is so-called cold therapy in an ice chamber , which can now be found in some rehabilitation clinics. In addition to the anti-inflammatory effect, the air, which is as cold as -110 degrees, supports the immune system, increases physical performance and has a positive effect on the psyche, as the Professional Association of German Rheumatologists (BDRh) points out. The problem of permanent vasoconstriction described above does not occur because the patients are only in the ice chamber for a very short time.*

Arthritis in winter: When it is cold and wet outside and the temperature drops, many people suffer from joint pain. People with joint inflammation or arthrosis in particular experience an aggravation of their symptoms. This is not an illusion, but a phenomenon that is probably due to the reduced blood flow in the cold. The body slows down its metabolism, which causes the joints to suffer. The cold also affects the synovial fluid. It becomes more viscous and there is increased friction in the joints.

But why should cold help then - isn't that a contradiction? It is important to distinguish between two things: (1) the ambient temperature and (2) that at the affected inflammation site: A cold room or ambient climate signals to the body that it should reduce its overall metabolism and blood circulation in order to save energy. However, this also reduces the production of anti-inflammatory hormones such as cortisone, which the body urgently needs in the case of rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia to speed up the healing process. On the other hand, selective cooling of the affected area supports blood circulation and thus wound healing.

Exercise & Nutrition
People who suffer from joint pain in the cold should definitely not make the mistake of reducing their exercise. Sufficient exercise keeps the joints supple and prevents joint pain. But make sure you keep warm when you leave the house for a long walk. Otherwise, muscles can tense up and joint pain can get worse. Rest is important when joint pain flares up, but too much rest can do more harm than good. Many people have good experiences with moderate aqua classes, especially in warm water.

A proper diet can also help the body to reduce inflammation more quickly. High-quality olive oils contain the famous omega-3 fatty acids, which are particularly effective against inflammation in rheumatic diseases. Vegetables of all kinds, berries and nuts contain thousands of secondary plant substances that also have an anti-inflammatory effect. A Mediterranean diet is particularly recommended. Red meat, especially pork, wheat products and sweets should definitely be avoided - they all promote inflammation and weaken the immune system.

A so-called ketogenic diet with 80% fat in every meal and the complete avoidance of sugar, starch and short-chain carbohydrates is said to have a remarkable effect on the body's own anti-inflammatory properties. It contains a lot of high-fat vegetables such as avocado, fish and high-fiber carbohydrates such as chia seeds, which are fermented in the intestine to form propionate and butyrate, among other things, which in turn dissolve inflammation, promote bone formation and strengthen the synovial fluid.

{Sources for this section see No. 4, 7 - 11}

Ice bath from the bottle

Kalter Bruder® creates a cooling and relaxing effect from the very first application. Particularly stressed or tense areas of the body benefit from the regenerating and circulation-promoting properties of the ingredients, which, like jumping into an ice bath, can help muscles and nerves to recover .

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Cold Brother© as a new everyday helper

The composition of our natural massage gel is based on two basic ideas:

(1) It causes a cold stimulus on the skin. Under the influence of cold, inflammation can generally subside more quickly , as metabolic products and inflammatory mediators are removed more efficiently and fresh oxygen and nutrients are supplied more quickly. With Cold Brother, this cooling effect is significantly milder and longer lasting than with an ice pack from the freezer, which prevents the body from regulating the blood supply too much and thus slowing down the healing process.

(2) The medicinal plants contained in Kalter Bruder© such as arnica, devil's claw and menthol have anti-inflammatory or analgesic properties which, when applied to the skin, can have a positive effect on reducing the underlying inflammation.

Since Kalter Bruder© is not a registered medical product, the extent to which this effect occurs when it is used has not been sufficiently investigated - however, many of our customers report that they feel a significant relief from their symptoms. Below you will find lots of reviews from people who also use Kalter Bruder© for joint pain.

Our recipe has been refined over many years and today gives thousands of people a pleasant feeling in their everyday lives. Below you can see all the plant power that is in Kalter Bruder.

{Sources for this section see No. 12}

The medicinal plants in Kalter Bruder®

Aloe Vera

Provides an icy cooling effect and relaxes the autonomic nervous system. Aloe Vera also transports the healing active ingredients into the muscles.

arnica

Promotes blood circulation in the muscles and ensures better removal of harmful substances. Arnica also has an anti-inflammatory and calming effect.

Devil's Claw

Has strong pain-relieving properties and makes your inner restlessness disappear. Devil's claw calms your muscles and relaxes your nerves for a long time.

menthol

Cools, refreshes and spreads a pleasant minty smell. Menthol dilates the blood vessels and often has a pain-relieving effect.

Fighter

Relieves muscle cramps and promotes blood circulation. Camphor also has an anti-inflammatory effect and is good for the skin.

Love

Provides a warm, cozy feeling in the stomach area. Love and passion are probably our most important ingredients.

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