The Sciaticalm device generates high-frequency vibration to pass shockwaves 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 shockwave is effectively ‘scrambling’ the sensory impulses to the extent that they cannot be interpreted as pain signals by the brain.
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.
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Several studies have investigated the use of this sort of therapy to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain in various parts of the body. The latest published study ‘Pain Alleviation by Vibratory Stimulation’, by Lundeburg, Nordemar and Ottoson, shows that shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for both chronic and acute pain. It also shows that it is more effective in relieving pain than TENS.
1. Pain alleviation by vibratory stimulation, Lundeberg et al, The Journal of Pain, 1984. read more
2. Effect of vibratory stimulation on experimental and clinical pain, Lundeberg et al - Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine, 1988 read more
3. Effect of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Denervation Atrophy and Function Caused by Sciatic Nerve Injury, Jung-Ho Lee and Sung-Hyoun Cho. read more
4. Effects of vibratory stimulation on muscular pain threshold and blink response in human subjects, Pantaleo et al – Journal of Pain 1986 read more
5. Vibratory stimulation for the alleviation of chronic pain, Acta Physiol Scand Suppl. 1983;523:1-51. read more
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