Local vibration therapy is a technique that applies a vibratory stimulus to a specific muscle or painful or injured area of the body.
The mechanical vibrations of NOVAFON reach six centimetres deep into the tissue. This increases blood circulation and metabolism, regulates muscle tension and deeply stimulates the tissue. Moreover, regeneration and repair mechanisms are stimulated. The treatment with NOVAFON is both activating and relaxing – it makes your system work. NOVAFON is unique thanks to its versatile applications. Due to several physiological effects it can be used in a range of areas, such as neurorehabilitation, orthopaedics, pain management , paediatrics, otolaryngology and post surgery. NOVAFON devices feature either one or two frequency settings with 50 Hz and 100 Hz. Our wide variety of product attachments allow an individual use in various fields of treatment. The ergonomically shaped device fits perfectly in your hand during the treatment.
REGULATING MUSCLE TENSION
The mechanic vibrations of stiivii reach six centimetres deep into the tissue. If vibrations with a frequency of 100 Hz meet a relaxed muscle the muscle contracts. This reflex is also known as “tonic vibration reflex” (TVR). The consequence is an increase in muscle tension and force potential. At the same time, the stimulation causes a relaxation of the antagonist –local vibration therapy uses this mechanism for the treatment of spasticity.
The muscle contractions and the deep stimulation caused by the vibrations improve blood circulation. As a result local regulation mechanisms of vascular and tissue are strengthened. The stimulated tissue gets better blood supply, metabolism is stimulated and metabolic waste can be removed more quickly.
Vibrations have a pain-relieving effect. The so-called “gate control theory” claims that pain stimuli can be overlaid by other stimuli such as vibrations, cold or pressure. The pain transmission to the brain can be inhibited. This effect could be proven in numerous studies for both acute and chronic pain. Vibration was found to have a similar analgesic effect as pain killers. Local vibration therapy can therefore serve as a drug-free alternative.
The brain is in permanent contact with the peripheral nervous system. Skin, muscles, joints and tendons send information about positions, contacts, pain or temperature. In consequence of damaged nerves sensory disturbances can occur. Sensory deficits can include numbness or odd sensations of tingling. In local vibration therapy, sensory impulses on the tissue help to stimulate the conduction of information to the brain. The use of vibrations plays an important role as they improve both deep and superficial sensibility.