Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pulse Wave Therapy (Pressure Wave Therapy)

The body is always changing and adapting through our experiences in life. There are over 640 different muscles in the body made up of 3 types: visceral, skeletal, and cardiac. The skeletal muscles are the muscles that move our body and keep us in an upright position and are the main focus in this article. The muscles are surrounded by an intricate network of thin tissue called fascia. When we have sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or are undergoing repetitive motions throughout our lives, our bodies can tighten up in that poor posture or in a protective position. When we break up myofascial adhesions and unwind the fascia it allows the muscle fibers to stretch and also glide past each other which allows our bodies to go through normal ranges of motion. When we break up the adhesions it also relieves the muscle aches and pains.
As sports chiropractic specialists, we are exposed to many individuals who have had traumatic injuries and/or have done repetitive motions causing abnormal muscular patterns. One of the many ways that we break up the myofascial adhesions at Pro Chiropractic is with our Pulse Wave Therapy also known as pressure wave therapy. The D-Actor 100 therapy is made in Switzerland and is a air-operated pulsed generator. It has a precise ballistic mechanism that has a projectile object accelerated back and forth by compressed air producing kinetic energy. The kinetic energy is converted into sound energy and transmitted into the tissue with the help of ultrasound gel. There is a pressure wave that helps break up the tissue but also an ultrasound effect that can help decrease inflammation through the sound waves.
We are privileged at Pro Chiropractic to have the 1st pulse wave therapy unit in the state of Montana. The treatment breaks up deep fascial adhesions and is able to reach tissue that more superficial soft tissue therapies are unable to reach. There are all sorts of soft tissue injuries that pulse wave therapy can help with such as rotator cuff injuries, hamstring injuries, plantar fasciitis and shin splint. The pulse wave helps stimulate blood flow and will also help the muscles recover as it affects the tissues at a cellular level.

This blog was written by Dr. Jenny Noordmans

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