Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQ’s provide advice to frequently asked questions about the OSMO Patch, including general usage and safety information. If the answer to your question is not found here, then please feel welcome to fill out and send the form below and we shall attempt to answer your question as soon as possible.
A bursa sac is an extremely important compartment found through our body. It can be regarded like a flat balloon with a small portion of oil in the middle. Imagine now that these balloons lay between regions within the body which move against one another, (like inside joints) and you can see how this would permit minimum friction and wear on the bones and cartilage by permitting a smooth gliding effect to take place.
Of course the bursa isn’t really a balloon, actually the bursa sac is essentially made from a special kind of tissue called synovial tissue which is highly vascularised and permits the controlled movement of water and tiny molecules to and from the inside space of the bursa. The oily substance in the middle of the bursa sac which supplies the gliding effect is named Synovial fluid. A major element of healthy and normal synovial fluid is Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a very long chain molecule that gives synovial fluid its viscosity and gliding effect, but which isn’t readily capable of being transported or lost via movement across the synovial tissue.
Bursitis is categorised as a soft tissue injury and it’s the condition which happens when a bursa sac becomes inflamed. This could happen because of a variety of reasons like; a repetitive injury, a sudden impact injury, sporting injury or as a result of an underlying inflammatory condition.
As the synovial tissue of the bursa sac (See: What’s a bursa sac?) is extremely permeable to water and tiny molecules, then instantly following injury to a joint where a bursa sac is located, an immediate acute inflammatory reaction will result and the bursa shall fill with inflammatory fluid (water and inflammatory molecular mediators), along with a local cellular response.
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The patches are worn during the night and discarded in the morning (single use). Usually one patch is worn each night (approx 8-10hrs) over the affected area, although more than one may be worn if required.
It is impossible to know honestly how many patches you shall need as everybody’s condition is different. Some of our customers find total relief from 1 or 2 boxes of 10 packs and we also do have several customers with chronic conditions that use the patches for temporary pain relief on a need to basis as they have underlying conditions that continue to cause flare-ups’.
A Baker’s Cyst is a type of Bursitis found behind or about the knee joint and is categorised as a soft tissue injury and is the condition which results when the bursa sac in this area becomes inflamed. This could happen because of a variety of reasons like; a repetitive injury, a sudden impact injury, sporting injury or as a result of an underlying inflammatory condition.
Primary treatment of Soft tissue injuries (STIs) are based mostly on the rules of R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and Avoid H.A.R.M (Heat, Alcohol, Reinjury. These are stated to be most critical in the 48-72 hours following the injury (1).
STIs frequently result in bleeding and tissue damage followed by an inflammatory phase that is a necessary part of the tissue repair (2). Though the inflammatory process is a very important component of healing, when it continues for too long a period it may cause further swelling and this could then be negative to the process of healing (2). The aim of R.I.C.E is to reduce the amount bleeding and leakage of inflammatory mediators into the affected tissue to minimise the amount of swelling and associated pain and discomfort.
If swelling is minimised early, this will help the injury to resolve quicker and should also result in a reduction of pain.
Immediately following a STI a release of prostaglandins and histamines will occur within the injured area and damaged capillaries will leak cellular waste (water, dissolved electrolytes and proteins) into the encompassing tissue (2). White blood cells are then recruited into the region to get rid of damaged tissue. As soon as the process starts, fluid accumulates in the intercellular space causing oedematous swelling. A decrease in swelling is frequently associated with a decrease in pain and discomfort. This could be a result from the reduction in pressure and/or a decrease in pain mediators in the associated tissue.
While the body has inbuilt mechanisms to get rid of oedema through re-absorption, it doesn’t always do this efficiently, which can then lead directly to an extended process of healing, continuing pain and the likelihood of chronic inflammation followed by the formation scar tissue (2). Additionally there are other factors that may also lend to delayed healing. These may include non compliance with R.I.C.E in the primary 48-72 hrs, or an injury sustained in an area that might not easily or readily allow for adequate support and/or rest.
In such circumstances as mentioned above, the utilisations of NSAIDs or steroids are commonly advised to reduce and control the level of inflammation, swelling and associated pain. Unfortunately not all people respond well to treatment with these classes of medicines. Additionally, there are contraindications and risks connected to each of these classes of medicines.
1. Vic Gov DHS, (2008), Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains and. Strains) Fact Sheet http://www.health.vic.gov.au/edfactsheets/softtissue-injury.pdf
2. Kumar V, et al. (2005). Robbins Basic Pathology 7th edition, (Chapter 2) W.B. Saunders Company: 33-59
The extract below is from the Victorian Government better health website and is pertaining to the treatment for bursitis;
“Treatment will depend upon the cause of the bursitis. Treatment aims to alleviate the symptoms as much as possible while the healing process takes place. Options may include pain-killing drugs, cold packs, gentle mobilising exercises and rest. Anti inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids may be used in cases of severe pain.
If infection is present, there is usually warmth, redness, pain and swelling in the areas affected. Treatment with an appropriate antibiotic is necessary. If the bursitis was triggered by overuse, it is important to avoid the particular activity.
Correct posture and joint protection are useful and braces or splints can decrease the stress on the areas and support good alignment. After a major attack, it is important to consider how recurrences can be prevented.” (3)
It is essential to understand that our patches shouldn’t be regarded as a cure for your condition. There might also be underlying causes which continue to set off your injury, for example inflammatory disease and excessive or repetitive strain just to name a few. Instead our patches are a alternative natural treatment option to the existing medication, steroids and intrusive treatment choices which currently exist. They are meant to help the area heal by naturally removing the excess fluids as well as inducing blood flow to the area. Presuming that there’s no underlying inflammatory disease It shall then be up to the individual using the patches to properly rest the area and to identify and if at all possible avoid any physical or repetitive activities so to permit full recover.
No. It is very important to have doctor inspect and examine your injury if there’s an sign of infection or an existing open wound. Your health practitioner will probably prescribe antibiotics in the situation that an infection is present.
The patches are applied and worn through the night and then discarded in the morning (single use). Normally one patch is worn each consecutive night (approx 8-10hrs) over the area affected, although more than one can be worn if required.
As not every ones condition is exactly the same It’s not possible to answer exactly how many patches you shall need. Some individuals find total relief from 1 or 2 boxes of 10 patches while other individuals with chronic conditions use the patches for temporary pain relief on a as needed basis as they have underlying conditions that continue to cause flare-ups’.
While the particular ingredients are a company trade secret*, the patches are made to stringent GMP standards. There is however the crustacean derivative ‘carapace powder’ as one of the ingredients, so if you’re allergic to shellfish or seafood then the patches shouldn’t be used.
Please be aware that labelling laws don’t require a medical device to list ingredients aside from ingredients that can interact with other medicines or that may be regarded as a known allergen.
No, we do not use latex or PVC in the adhesives. The adhesives are instead made from thermoplastic rubber; Styrene-isoprene-styrene rubber (SIS) coated onto a spunlace non-woven Fabric.
If you are allergic to thermoplastic rubber; Styrene-isoprene-styrene rubber (SIS), then you should not use the adhesives supplied. If you are unsure, then it is always best to cut a small test strip to try before full use.
If you are allergic and you still wish to try the patches, you can consider buying your own low irritant adhesives from a chemist or otherwise you may consider using a bandage as a substitute for holding the patch in place if appropriate.
No. The patches contain the crustacean by-product ‘carapace powder’, so if you’re allergic to shellfish or seafood then the patches shouldn’t be used.
Do not panic, while it is uncommon for this to happen, it can occur. This is typically due to an irritation or allergic response to the adhesives that the individual wasn’t previously aware that they had. If this occurs, simply discontinue use and the rash should clear within 2-3 days. We do recommend cutting and trying a little test strip of the adhesive prior to use.
No. There are absolutely no drugs, hormones or any kind of medications in the patches.
Yes, our patches are absolutely natural and don’t interact with any medications. They may be used by diabetics and people using blood thinners.
Yes, our patches are absolutely natural and don’t interact with any medications. They may be used by diabetics or individuals taking cholesterol lowering medication (statins).
The patches haven’t been evaluated for use on children and therefore we do not recommend using the patches on children under the age of 13 years.
The patches may be worn over most areas of your body where there is swelling, inflammation or pain; however you shouldn’t apply the patch directly to the eyes, mucous surfaces, genital organs, anus, external wounds, rashes or sores.
The patches haven’t been evaluated for use on pregnant women or while breast feeding and therefore we don’t recommend the use of the patches while pregnant or during breastfeeding.
There are several medications and procedural treatment options available, and you need to do what you feel is the best for you. Our product has been developed for;
- People that have attempted other treatment options without successes,
- People who can’t take anti-inflammatory medicines due to gastro-intestinal irritation,
- People who can’t take anti inflammatory medicines due to contraindications with other medications, and
- People that wish to take a natural and non-invasive approach to their treatment.
The patches may vary in the quantity of fluid seen after use from person to person, however do not forget that the patches work in 2 ways. The first is by stimulating blood flow to the area which can prompt healing. The second is by removing excess fluid. This is the reason why it’s best to focus on how the actual area is improving instead of the visual appearance of the patches.
It’s important the patches maintain good contact with the skin and should be applied over the affected area just before going to sleep, or they may become loose and lose contact with the skin. Also strolling around a lot before bed can make the powder collect at the base of the patch. It is important that the powder is uniformly spread before applying the patch.
Some individuals have reported that the patches work better when a fine mist of water is sprayed directly on to the skin first prior to the patch being applied as this helps the patch to maintain good contact (It is important to properly dry the area of skin where the adhesive is to be applied if you use this approach).
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