PiezoWave Therapy (aka Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy/MyACT) is a new non surgical technology that uses acoustic pulses to treat acute and chronic pain and injuries in muscles, tendons, bones, and joints.
What conditions can PiezoWave Therapy treat?
Muscle pain, Joint pain
Soft tissue strains
Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
Shoulder pain/Rotator cuff syndrome
Neck and Back pain
Knee, Hip, and Ankle pain
In short, this machine can treat ANY musculoskeletal injuries, new and old.
How does it work?
It works by locating injuries in the soft tissue due to the change in density created by an injury. The location of treatment is based on the patient’s feedback to the clinician. When these pulses(piezowaves) come into contact with an injured area, it will create a detectable change in sensation that the patient can feel, to which the patient will respond by letting the therapist know precisely where to focus the treatment. These waves will even pick up on injured areas in the soft tissue not detectable by palpation or advanced imaging.
Piezowaves are short duration, high energy waves traveling faster than the speed of sound. These waves are harnessed and converged through a gel pad that allows the waves to be focused directly into the body at a VERY specific depth and a VERY specific area. It then creates a mechanical stress to the cells known as mechanotransduction. A mechanical pressure is exerted on the affected tissue, which creates an increase in cell permeability, thereby increasing microscopic circulation to the tissues, which promotes healing and subsequent dissolution of pathological calcific deposits. Simply put, it actually breaks up areas of calcification in chronic injuries, releases muscle spasms, forces inflammatory components and lactic acid out of damaged tissues, and forms new neovascularization in the area. The wave pressure front creates behind it what are known as “cavitation bubbles.”
These cavitation bubbles expand, then collapse and burst, creating a force that is strong enough to break down pathological deposits of calcification in soft tissues. As these cavitation bubbles collapse, they also create smaller, secondary energy waves known as microjets, which also break down pathological deposits of calcification.
During a treatment session, hundreds of thousands of these cavitations occur. In addition to breaking down these deposits, these have been shown to stimulate osteoblasts(which are responsible for bone healing) and fibroblasts(which are responsible for healing connective tissues such as tendon, ligaments, and fascia).
PiezoWave Therapy also diminishes pain by way of “hyperstimulation anesthesia” and “gate control mechanism.” Hyperstimulation anesthesia is where nerves sending signals of pain to the brain are stimulated to the point that their activity diminishes, thereby decreasing or eliminating pain. Gate control mechanism is where nerves are stimulated to “close the gate” to pain impulses sent to the brain. It is sometimes thought of as activating a sort of “reset” button that recalibrates pain perception.
How many treatments will it take?
Many patients get an initial degree of improvement almost immediately following treatment. To get lasting changes, most injuries take on average 3 to 10 sessions, depending on the size, severity, and chronicity of the injury.
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Porter & Rabinowitz Chiropractic
Dr. Kelly Porter Dr. Adam Rabinowitz
12351 Capital Blvd. Wake Forest, NC 27587