Shortwave Diathermy (SWD)
The term “Diathermy” means “electrically induced heat”. Diathermy is a form of Physical Therapy, which involves deep heating the muscle tissues to induce relaxation.
There are three forms of Diathermy typically used by Physical Therapists in hospitals and clinics:
In Shortwave Diathermy (SWD), the part of the body to be treated is placed between two condenser plates, and the highest temperature is concentrated in the subcutaneous tissues. It is usually prescribed to treat deep muscles and joints, as well as localize deep inflammatory disease.
Shortwave Diathermy vs. Therapeutic Ultrasound
Therapeutic Ultrasound is very beneficial when addressing a smaller, specific area of the body. However, there are times when a health professional needs to treat a larger region of the body and this is where SWD can be much more effective.
Shortwave Diathermy machines can be used to apply heat to a much greater surface area of the body, which is especially helpful when dealing with back muscle issues. Shortwave Diathermy is also beneficial for the treatment of conditions like Neuritis, Tendonitis, and Muscle Strains of all kinds.
This method of applying heat to the deep underlying tissue of the body provides significant relief to patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well.
Another common application of SWD is Sports Medicine. From weekend warriors to professional athletes, injuries often heal faster when heat is part of the equation. Inflammation of the elbow, shoulder, and knees improve with the use of the Shortwave Diathermy.
Other conditions commonly treated with SWD include:
- Lower Back Pain
- Ligament Sprains
- Neck Tightness
- Muscle Spasms
- Soft Tissue Damage
Chirowithin Reach has recently purchased the Auto*Therm 390 from Mettler Electronics Corp. Since 1968, Mettler Electronics has produced Shortwave Diathermy (SWD) units that produce comforting deep heat to muscle tissues.
The Auto*Therm® 390 is a pulsed and continuous Shortwave Diathermy unit, specifically chosen by Dr. Hirsa for it’s portability, reliability and clinical effectiveness.
For clients in the Campbell, Los Gatos and San Jose areas, please call us at 408-370-6300 to discuss how SWD might benefit you. Or if you prefer, submit a request using the form on our Contact Us page.