OrangePen – a pen for the treatment of pain
Jürgen Schröder brings a world’s first for alternative pain therapy on the market
“Orange is a colour that elicits well-being”, says Jürgen Schröder. He is pleased with his new, ‘orange-themed’ practice for alternative pain therapy in Wittenberg (Saxony-Anhalt). This colour is also an important feature of his invention: the OrangePen. The medical pain therapy pen works with bright orange light that penetrates the deep layers of tissue. The trained dental technician originally wanted to develop a device that freed his father from severe back pain. In the meantime, his invention is patented and has approval as a medical device. “Due to its nature, this pen is a world’s first for alternative pain treatment”, says Jürgen Schröder.
In addition to literature about the healing power of foodstuffs and health from nature, several books about the ingenious electrotechnical inventions from Nikola Tesla are on the bookshelf of the 51-year-old inventor from Wittenberg. On a mobile phone, he shows images of tomato and broccoli plants which grow by means of hydroponics. Jürgen Schröder is working meticulously on a hydroponic system that provides his vegetables in the garden and on the balcony with organic fertiliser from an organic waste collection bin. He smiles and explains that at some point it was no longer enough for him to limit his interest in technical inventions solely to dental technology. Jürgen Schröder sees the fact that he completed training as an alternative practitioner twenty years ago as a logical continuation of his path. After all, he comes very close to nature – down to the smallest atom – in the practice of alternative medicine. It is also the same with his interests in health-related topics. “Extensive knowledge is not harmful at all,” says the alternative practitioner and technician. He starts talking about so-called health literacy, the willingness to be informed, to scrutinise, and not to leave the responsibility for his health exclusively to pills or the promises of nutritional supplements.
In this respect, Jürgen Schröder chooses not to question medical innovations. For example, as a sales representative for medical technology from the end of the 1990s onwards, he was very close to the latest developments in this sector. He talks about soft lasers for pain treatment. “I am fascinated by the various facets of light”, he says. “Specific light spectrums increase the formation of ATP,” says the expert knowingly, and he explains by adding: “Adenosine triphosphate, in short ATP, binds the energy released from metabolic processes and is therefore a great source of energy for all cell functions.”
Jürgen Schröder took advantage of his knowledge of electro-physical methods in the field of medicine and his experiences with laser technology during the development of his pain therapy device. Moreover, he uses plasma to quickly relieve pain with degenerative and inflammatory diseases. Together with an electrical engineer he built a prototype. “The device works with electrical fields and currents which do not cause any damage even during long-term use,” emphasises Jürgen Schröder. He adds that he recently successfully relieved his father from back pain. “In addition to pain treatment with inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the therapy pen can be used to relieve pain with rheumatic diseases and gout as well as muscle tension and nerve pain,” says Schröder.
He is no longer out and about as a sales representative. Seized by scientific curiosity, he wanted to take the time necessary to get his invention off the ground. How does he finance his livelihood? Jürgen Schröder talks about his work as a nursing aid, which re-awoke his latent potential. Ten years ago, he completed his training as a nurse. He now works in the field of outpatient intensive care and uses his free days to work on the organisation of his company “P&S medtech”, which develops and markets innovative medical technology. Jürgen Schröder establishes contact with physicians and physiotherapists throughout Germany and gives lectures on the functionality and operating principle of the OrangePen. “The pen is positioned on trigger points or foot reflex points, or on areas of the skin which are assigned to individual internal organs or the spinal cord. It conducts energy to the tissue and makes it oscillate. The cells are thereby activated to increase their metabolism and to remove the inflammatory substances,” explains the expert in simplified terms. “Our body is a complex entity”, says Jürgen Schröder. “If no pain is signalled to the brain, positive sensory experiences and sensations are possible again. The muscles relax and the sense of well-being is enhanced. The body’s self-repair process starts.”
Not all underlying causes of pain can be eliminated by means of this alternative pain therapy. “But if it means that the patient doesn’t have to take strong tablets, the OrangePen has already achieved quite a lot,” emphasises Jürgen Schröder. His patients find their way to his Wittenberg practice by word-of-mouth and personal recommendations. “Most don’t come back again so soon,” he says with a wink, referring to the rapid and lasting effect of the pain therapy. He is firmly convinced that his invention will prove to be a success on the medical technology market.
author/photo: Kathrain Graubaum