Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy available at Hull Sports Massage.

Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy

Pulsed shortwave diathermy, available at Hull Sports Massage.What is it?

Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy uses electromagnetic energy where high frequency short wavelength electrical currents are passed through the body to produce a mild heating effect in deep and superficial tissues.

What does it do?

Very similar to Ultrasound in that pulsed short waves act at a cellular level. The energy used:

  • Vibrates cellular ions
  • Causes a rotation effect upon the cell
  • Causes a molecular distortion upon the cell

As this energy is being used, there is a momentum created upon the damaged cell i.e. vibration, rotation and distortion which cause a thermal effect… it warms up.

Thermal effect:

  • Increase the metabolic rate and so speed up the rate at which the cell is working
  • Increase the extensibility of collagen fibres which may allow them to realign themselves – becomes more elastic…
  • Dilates blood vessels which will allow the flow of nutrients to the injury site and may assist in flushing debris away…
  • Will allow muscle spindles to relax which will reduce pain….

None thermal:

  • An increase in Phagocytes which pick up dead cells and debris…
  • An increase in collagen deposits to assist in laying down fresh new tissue…
  • An increase in white blood cells to kill infection…

When would we use pulsed shortwave…?

At all stages of injury but specifically for much larger trauma’s but specifically for:

  • Traumatic synovitis
  • Haematomas – swelling
  • Acute infections – infections
  • Chronic infection – long standing infections
  • Peripheral nerve lesions – nerve damage
  • Pain associated with Osteo-arthritis and neurogenic pain –

Contraindications – when we can’t use it

  • Pace makers
  • Pregnancy
  • Malignancies
  • Impaired thermal sensation
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Pyrexic patients
  • Active TB
  • Ischaemic tissues
  • Precautions:
  • Obesity
  • Hearing aids
  • Synthetic materials
  • Cognition
  • Metal work

Initial consultations are free so call to arrange a visit to discuss treatment.

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