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Intrasonic pain relief

Posted by Julie F on 11/01/00 at 08:37 (031748)

I own an intrasonic massage device that I acquired for tennis elbow several years ago. It was helpful then, and when I didn't need it any more I stashed it away on the back of a shelf and forgot about it. Now I've just retrieved it to use on my heel.

There seem to have been no previous postings about it, so I'll tell you about it in case you'd like to investigate it. It's made by Novafon, in Germany and Denmark. Like ultrasound, it uses sound waves to stimulate blood flow and encourage the body's natural healing processes. It operates at a lower frequency than ultrasound (16-20,000hz) and therefore works more slowly, but the manufacturers say that for that reason it's safer, so does not require a specialist operator.

There are several Novafon websites in Europe and the US. The most informative is the one in the UK: http://www.novafon.co.uk , but it can be bought online from the medicool and health-store sites in the States. Medicool are cheaper ($159 as against $199).

I'm not making any claims for the device, as I've only just started to use it, and I'm doing so many other things that it won't be easy to say whether or not it has helped. But I think the principle is sound, so I'm giving it a whirl.

All the best, Julie

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

john h on 11/01/00 at 10:07 (031753)

i will be interested to hear from you about any results you may receive. if it increases blood supply it could help.

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/01/00 at 11:03 (031759)

Hi John,

I really don't know how I results might be identified. I am getting better. Is it the taping, icing, relative resting, exercising, intrasonic therapy, the passing of time, the fact that I was diagnosed and starting pf treating early, or any or all of these? How can we know? All I can say is that I see the sense of the theory behind intrasonic therapy, and that it helped - perhaps I should say it seemed to help - my tennis elbow 8 years ago. As you say, if it increases blood supply, which is what it claims to do, it should help. I hope it will! - for me and anyone else who tries it.

BWT, I forgot to mention in my first post that foot pain is one of the many conditions intrasonic is recommended for.

I know this is on the 'wrong' board, but do the doctors have any views?

All the best, Julie

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

alan k on 11/02/00 at 06:23 (031803)

I know that with ultrasound, there is a limit to the use after which it begins to become dangerous because of weakening the bones that are exposed to the sound waves. They usually limit ultrasound treatment to a three weeks or so. I expect that the safe limit for this other device is probably longer as it is not as powerful. But the bone structure is something to think about with soundwaves used over long periods of time.

alan k

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/03/00 at 02:24 (031856)

The User Guide that comes with my machine says that 'Unlike ultrasound, which can only be administered under qualified supervision, intrasonic therapy has in the past proved to be free of harmful side effects.'

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/03/00 at 02:29 (031857)

Oops - I pressed the post message button too soon. I was going to say that we should really have the Drs view on this. I'll post an alert on the other board

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

john h on 11/01/00 at 10:07 (031753)

i will be interested to hear from you about any results you may receive. if it increases blood supply it could help.

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/01/00 at 11:03 (031759)

Hi John,

I really don't know how I results might be identified. I am getting better. Is it the taping, icing, relative resting, exercising, intrasonic therapy, the passing of time, the fact that I was diagnosed and starting pf treating early, or any or all of these? How can we know? All I can say is that I see the sense of the theory behind intrasonic therapy, and that it helped - perhaps I should say it seemed to help - my tennis elbow 8 years ago. As you say, if it increases blood supply, which is what it claims to do, it should help. I hope it will! - for me and anyone else who tries it.

BWT, I forgot to mention in my first post that foot pain is one of the many conditions intrasonic is recommended for.

I know this is on the 'wrong' board, but do the doctors have any views?

All the best, Julie

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

alan k on 11/02/00 at 06:23 (031803)

I know that with ultrasound, there is a limit to the use after which it begins to become dangerous because of weakening the bones that are exposed to the sound waves. They usually limit ultrasound treatment to a three weeks or so. I expect that the safe limit for this other device is probably longer as it is not as powerful. But the bone structure is something to think about with soundwaves used over long periods of time.

alan k

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/03/00 at 02:24 (031856)

The User Guide that comes with my machine says that 'Unlike ultrasound, which can only be administered under qualified supervision, intrasonic therapy has in the past proved to be free of harmful side effects.'

Re: Intrasonic pain relief

Julie F on 11/03/00 at 02:29 (031857)

Oops - I pressed the post message button too soon. I was going to say that we should really have the Drs view on this. I'll post an alert on the other board