Would you sit and listen to a constant beep for 30 minutes if it could bring your body relief from aches? A new pain management system approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration banks on the effectiveness of sound waves in helping treat a wide range of disorders and diseases.
An integrated medical device called the Medsonix Acoustic Resonating Therapy System uses sound waves to help increase blood flow, enable mobility, reduce inflammation and pain, and relieve symptoms of certain illnesses. The non-invasive treatment only requires patients to sit down and absorb the acoustic pressure waves for 30 minutes for at least four sessions.
“The inventor, Alphone Cassone, was able to identify a certain soundwave that could actually provide healing when it penetrated a certain tissue of the body,” professor Eric Soriano III explained to InterAksyon.com. “The machine searches for areas in your body where there is pain, and pretty much marks it. Then it tries to focus on that particular area that needs rejuvenation.”
Soriano III discovered Medsonix while he was in search of alternative treatments he could administer to his father, then ill. The former Belo Medical Group CEO travelled to the United States to learn more about the instrument and how electricity is able to produce a piezo-electric effect to produce sound waves. A natural healing process then takes place when the sound waves permeate the body.
Soriano III saw cancer patients complemented their treatments with Medsonix sessions and himself experienced improvement in his well-being after a few sessions. The Ateneo business school professor of more than 20 years then started work with the company to be able to offer the device in the Philippines.
Medsonix treatment is now being offered to persons suffering from arthritis, migraine, back and joint pain as well as patients dealing with conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and Lyme disease at the Clinica Manila at the SM Megamall.
Warm, tingling sensation
During treatment, patients only need to wear sound-reducing headphones (if they so wish) and just passively absorb the low frequency sound made by the machine for 30 minutes straight. There is no need to disrobe, remove any medical apparatus such as a pacemaker, or take any medication before or after treatment.
Patients can listen to their own music or stay busy with their gadgets during a session. Only pregnant women are discouraged from trying the machine. Some patients who have tried Medsonix likened the sound of the machine to what they hear when television channels sign off at night.
Patients might feel a warm, tingling sensation in an affected area or throughout the body because of the increased circulation caused by the dilation of blood vessels. On one occasion, Soriano III recalled a woman in her 50s who suddenly felt a warmth in her neck area. He consulted with Cassone, who advised the patient to be checked for goiter. Cassone’s initial diagnosis turned out to be correct and the she was immediately given medication.
“Patients who could hardly lift their arms are able to do after one session,” Soriano III said. “It tries to disrupt and in a way, address the blood flow. It has many therapeutic elements, even including (aiding in) erectile dysfunction.” He added that some diabetic patients observed that their wounds healed faster after exposure to the device.
While Medsonix usually targets patients who are in their 40s, younger persons who actively engage in sports or exercise regularly can also depend on the machine for pain management. If a person does not feel anything after four sessions, they are dissuaded from further treatments. Soriano III explained that the reactions can be different. Some 10 to 15 percent of patients may not realize benefits from the therapy.
Cassone discovered the device in the ‘90s while working for a mining company which sought his expertise to find an inexpensive method to separate gold from “black sand” (left-over shale after the gold is mined). An elderly miner who was continuously exposed to his acoustic energy application initially felt a tingling sensation in his legs. Later on, he surprised Cassone with news that he was able to walk without pain, even if he previously suffered from arterial sclerosis.
He then assembled a transducer in his home garage and began his research. In 1999, Cassone opened the first Medsonix Center and a year after, conducted a study with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing and Physical Therapy. The study involved 20 adults and concluded that “the use of energy as a form of therapy may improve range of motion and decrease pain.”
Now offered as a form of alternative medicine in the country, Soriano III said his partnership with Cassone aims to present a mode of supplementary treatment that costs P1,750 for 30 minutes (below the usual US$50 per session). Their deal also includes making the device eventually available to a local public hospital.
Other disorders and diseases Medsonix can help relieve include multiple bursitis, fibromyalgia, and peripheral vascular disease.
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