SAM: The Sound of Pain Relief
By Causenta Wellness
It may sound crazy, but sound waves can actually relieve joint pain!
It’s true; when used as part of the technology known as SAM (aka Sustained Acoustic Medicine), the same wavelengths that deliver your favorite song or your loved one’s voice to your ears can help you feel your best and treat joint pain without medication.
People are familiar with laser treatments and surgeries, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), X-rays, and other forms of energy being used in healthcare. And, magnetic therapies and UV light therapies for pain relief are becoming more common. Sound really isn’t that different since sound waves are also a form of energy. Sound is vibrational energy whereas other technologies often use light energy.
Good enough for MLB players
The tool is a therapeutic ultrasound that Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta, was first introduced to by professional baseball players. “I was amazed that these MLB guys would wear this device in their sleep and two months later, they had no more pain in their knees,” he says.
“So, of course, I had to get one and learn more about the science behind this joint pain treatment and how to use it to help our patients.”
What can it treat?
In athletes, injuries and stress often occur in the shoulder, elbow, heel, or wrist. These injuries are commonly referred to as swimmer’s shoulder, golfer’s or tennis elbow, jumper’s or runner’s knee, and pitcher’s shoulder.
SAM sends a signal from a small machine to transducers that attach to acoustic electrodes. Those electrodes connect to pads that you place on either side of the area affected.
How does it work?
“Typically, this device is used on joints, so it could be your elbow or knee,” says Incledon.
The sound waves travel across each other and into the painful region. It is a low frequency of energy, but over time the sound waves spark the body’s natural healing processes and get the damaged proteins in the area organized.
The energy penetrates nearly 2 inches into the tissue, which has the added benefits of increasing circulation, as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery. In addition, it detoxifies by removing waste products, such as lactic acid, from the painful area. Once the proteins are back in order, the muscle tissue is repaired, which is ultimately what eliminates the pain in the joint.
Wearers say it’s painless
Patients who use SAM don’t feel anything during the treatment. “You can wear it under your clothes at work,” says Incledon. “And, no one would know.”
He recommends patients wear the device for about four hours each day. It takes about two months of consistent use for the sound wave technology to be effective.
“Once you accomplish the results, you’ll have almost no pain,” says Incledon. “This natural joint pain treatment is something patients love, and it helps them feel great.”
This portable device has many benefits
While this device can be self-applied, you must have a prescription for it. It is often covered by insurance, but patients should check with their providers about their individual plans. It is portable and easy to wear.
Other positive outcomes of using SAM, aside from joint pain treatment, include:
- Enhancing tissue recovery
- Providing deep heating
- Delivering mechanical compression
- Increasing deep circulation
Ideal for treating arthritis and pain from scar tissue
The SAM technology works best for patients seeking joint pain treatment because of conditions like arthritis or if they have scar tissue from injury or overuse. The sound waves repair the tissues that cause the constant friction inside the joint, providing relief.
Arthritis: This condition is characterized by the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints in the body. Common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain and stiffness; these often progress as people get older, especially when left untreated. The two most common types of arthritis are:
- Osteoarthritis, which causes cartilage to break down. Cartilage is the hard, slippery tissue found on the end of bones in a joint.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack the joints.
Common treatments for arthritic joint pain include medications (examples are: Corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and painkillers) to relieve joint pain and other symptoms like redness and stiffness and surgery. For patients interested in a natural way to relieve their joint pain, the SAM offered at Causenta is a great option.
Scar Tissue: In many cases, scar tissue develops and does not cause pain, however, for some people, scar tissue can be a painful condition for which they seek joint pain treatment. In these cases, the scar tissue is characterized by thick, fibrous tissues that replace the once healthy tissue. The damage can be caused by a cut, significant injury, severe overuse (as in pro athletes), or surgery. The pain related to scar tissue comes from the nerves in the area regenerating as the damaged area tries to repair itself.
Symptoms of scar tissue issues can include swelling, pain, and reduced range of motion. Massage, physical therapy, revision surgery, and injections are common treatments for scar tissue pain. The SAM, offered at Causenta, has been very effective for patients experiencing joint pain caused by scar tissue.
Treatment can lead to better overall wellness
When your body is pain-free and you have full range of movement, your quality of life is enhanced, boosting overall wellness. In addition to joint pain treatment, our team can help you achieve your long-term health goals. Our holistic team can work with you on exercise strategies, nutrition plans, and more.
If you are interested in learning more about SAM technology and how it can help alleviate your joint pain, please contact us today for a complimentary 30-minute consultation. We look forward to helping you create an individualized wellness and treatment plan that will help you feel great.