- pains in the spine, neck, arms, knees, feet, joints
- muscular pains
- postoperative pains
- phantom pain
For muscle pain, apply the aluminium foil on the sore spot and fasten it with a bandage or a medical tape. Leave it for the entire day or overnight.
For joint pain such as elbows, knees, legs or fingers, you can wrap the foil around the area of pain and fasten it with a medical tape. Again leave it for the entire day or overnight.
Use the same procedure for post-surgical pain, burns, or phantom pain. Apply the therapy for 10 to 12 days and then take a one to two week break. If the ailments persist, you may repeat the therapy. For extensive burns or postoperative pain, use 5-7 layers of foil, with a paper or cotton cloth between every layer. Keep it on for an hour, remove them and place them after 2 hours. Repeat the procedure a few times a day until you notice an improvement.
All of my patients asked which side of foil they have to use. The answer is both shiny and matte sides would work equally well.
Aluminum foil may or may not eliminate pain sensations totally, but since this therapy costs practically nothing and so little efforts, it can be a welcome tool to many people.