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Low Frequency Piezoelectric Pain Relief for Chronic Foot Pain

back pain due to foot and gait

A versatile treatment device we use to help our patients is the piezoelectric stimulator which is a low frequency piezoelectric pain relief device, powered by quartz crystals.

The piezoelectric stimulator is not to be confused with a TENS machine, it is a Piezo Electric Therapy stimulator and classified as a Class IIa Medical Device.

Background:

Piezo (pronounced Pi-EE-ZO) means pressure in Greek.  Piezoelectricity is the term for pressure-caused electrical charge that can accumulate in various substances, particularly crystals, as well as living tissues.  It was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie. The piezoelectric stimulator is an instrument works by means of pressure exerted on a quartz crystal, which results in a tiny electric charge.  There is no battery or electrical source.  It works with the existing living human electric fields. This device was studied by Japanese scientists, who were fascinated by the intimate relationship between the human body and electricity.  The brain, heart, muscles, and even individual cells produce tiny amounts of electricity.

Traditional acupuncture needle technique stimulates a flow of electrical energy along well-established electric field energy channels called meridians. 

Researchers suggest that the piezoelectric device polarizes these meridians and produce a similar effect to needle acupuncture.  
 
 As a medical device, it can be used as a needle-free means of stimulating acupuncture points. Piezoelectric stimulation has been used for several years and has been found it to be a safe, effective, and easy-to-receive treatment.  Out of extreme caution, like any electrical therapy, it should not be used for patients with a cardiac pacemaker or during pregnancy.

What can it be used for?

We have had success using this for conditions such as pain around the big toe due to arthritis, nerve pain and plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. This band, also known as the plantar fascia, stretches from your heel to right around the ball of your foot. When experiencing pain caused by this inflammation, it can be beneficial to use Low frequency Piezoelectric pain relief.

 

How long does it take to work?

In many cases it will work to relieve pain almost immediately or within a few hours. A small number of people may need a little longer. The degree of relief experienced varies from user to user and is affected by a variety of factors, including the severity of the user’s pain.

 

What does the therapy feel like?

Sensitivity to the therapy varies among users and depends upon the area of the body being treated. Some people find that they cannot or barely feel the pulses emitted by it. This is completely normal and does not indicate that there is a problem with the device. Other users find that each pulse delivers a small sensation to the skin. Again, this is completely normal.

Does it break the skin?

No. it is a completely non-invasive therapy.


What happens when the Podiatrist presses the button on the device?

Pressing the button results in the generation of an electrical impulse which is delivered to the patient via the electrode touching the skin. The Energy Output is 2.6mJ at 2000Ω

 

We offer a variety of treatments to treat Heel Pain using the latest technology to provide custom orthosis based on our findings, contact us on 0800 1953440 to make an appointment.