How Sciaticalm works
The Sciaticalm device generates high-frequency vibration to pass pulses through the skin to the sciatic nerve. Pain is transmitted as impulses in the large sensory fibres of the body and by applying a certain frequency to the area of pain, it interacts with the pain impulse transmissions, causing disruption. The pulses are effectively ‘scrambling’ the sensory impulses to the extent that they cannot be interpreted as pain signals by the brain. This helps to alleviate the pain from the condition.
Sciaticalm comes with 10 pre-programmed settings for amplitude, frequency and pulse. The settings are pre-set and controlled by a micro-controller inside the device. Repeated pressing of the activation button cycles through the pulse modes. The device is rechargeable using the supplied cable and comes with two soft velcro straps for fitting to the body.
Shockwave therapy has been an established treatment for many conditions for over 20 years. It has a combined effect of pain relief (using the gate control process) and stimulating the formation of new blood vessels. This increases the blood supply to the afflicted area, accelerating recovery.
This is a treatment modality approved by NICE, the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence.
Research & Studies
Several studies have investigated the use of this sort of therapy to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in various parts of the body. They show that vibration be used as a cost-effective and safe procedure to improve the symptoms of sciatica in patients.
- Pain alleviation by vibratory stimulation, Lundeberg et al, The Journal of Pain, 1984.
- Effect of vibratory stimulation on experimental and clinical pain, Lundeberg et al - Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine, 1988.
- Effects of vibratory stimulation on muscular pain threshold and blink response in human subjects, Pantaleo et al – Journal of Pain 1986.
- Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow - 2008.
- Vibration Anesthesia: Discussion.
- Vibratory stimulation for the alleviation of chronic pain, Acta Physiol Scand Suppl. 1983;523:1-51.
- The Effects of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in Treating Lateral Epicondylitis in People Between 40 and 50 Years Old
- Shock wave therapy for patients with lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (tennis elbow): a one to two year follow-up study.