A New Wave In Healing

Noninvasive acoustic therapy eradicates pain, speeds tissue healing.

Popular Vero Beach aesthetician Debbie Schlitt has been honing her skills since 1979. Over the years, she’s worked at all types of salons – large, medium and small. Today, she operates as an independent contractor within a medical practice.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Schlitt.

Debbie Schlitt

Debbie’s work is demanding, so she often seeks an emotional release from the tension, which she typically finds in robust physical activity. But a sports mishap last year left Debbie with severe injuries and lingering pain that curtailed her lifestyle.

“I went skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the very first night I flipped out on ice and really hurt myself,” Debbie recounts. “I mangled my right knee and injured my back.”

Debbie underwent surgery on her back and knee. To make matters worse, she developed a seroma, or a collection of fluid, at the incision site on her back. She was left in serious pain.

When Debbie met with lifestyle optimization physician Mel Richardson, MD, he offered to treat her using a special, noninvasive protocol called SoftWave® therapy that uses a unique type of sound waves to reduce painful inflammation and heal injured tissue.

Tissue Regeneration

SoftWave therapy evolved out of the treatment used to break up kidney stones, although SoftWave is nontraumatic. It utilizes patented electrohydraulically produced unfocused shock waves that elicit a cellular response that produces a profound anti-inflammatory effect and improves blood flow to the areas treated.

“During the therapy’s first phase, the SoftWaves enter the injured tissue and entice anti-inflammatory chemicals to shut down the inflammatory response,” Dr. Richardson informs. “The result is typically profound pain relief.”

The benefit of the first phase occurs quickly, at the time the treatment is performed. During the second phase, stem cells from around the body are drawn to the injured area.

“The stem cells revascularize the area, which leads to regeneration of damaged tissue and healing,” Dr. Richardson explains. “It takes time for the tissue to fully regenerate, so the maximum benefit of the treatment occurs anywhere from four to 16 weeks following therapy. But the pain may disappear completely before that.

”SoftWave therapy is non-pharmacologic and noninvasive, and no needles are used. It is a conservative measure with no risks involved that can be tried before resorting to surgery.”

“A few days passed after the first treatment, and I couldn’t believe the results,” Debbie remembers. “My seroma went down by half. The next week, Dr. Richardson performed another SoftWave treatment, but this time he intensified the SoftWaves. Before long, my seroma was 100 percent gone. I was astounded!

“About a month and a half after my third SoftWave treatment, I felt about 85 percent improvement in my condition. The spasms in my back got better, and I started sleeping again. Now, I’m mountain biking and doing more outdoor activities.

Dr. Richardson’s SoftWave therapy kept me from having to go under the knife again.”

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