Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT®): What Is It?
Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy, or MyACT, is a device that utilizes acoustic waves to treat muscle, tendon and joint pain. Acoustic waves work to treat pain by precisely targeting specific areas below the skin and delivering stimulus that can increase circulation, speed up the healing process and aid in acute and chronic pain relief.
MyACT devices are unique in their ability to penetrate much deeper subcutaneous layers then other compression devices that are only able to manipulate the outer layer of soft tissue. By doing this, these devices are able to provide extremely precise deep tissue massages that can drastically improve pain levels.’
How Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy Works
Since MyACT is delivered directly to the area where you’re experiencing pain, the treatment is guided by you! The gel pad of the machine will be applied directly to your skin and a low intensity setting will be administered to the affected area. As the machine moves over your skin, you will communicate your body’s reaction to the administer and guide them through what you’re feeling. The initial goal of the machine is to find the area where you’re experiencing pain and cause a “flare” or a reaction similar to the pain you’re already experiencing so the administer knows they’re in the right area. Once the trigger point is located, the intensity setting can be increased to deliver the preferred amount of acoustic rays directly to the area affected.
MyACT can be used to treat a myriad of aches and pains but it is mostly commonly used to aid with painful trigger points, stress injuries, soft tissue injuries and enthesopathies, aka bone attachment disorders, such as rotator cuff issues, bursitis, spurs, tendinitis, etc. The treatments can take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes and may be recommended 1-3 times a week until pain subsides or disappears, with acute pain sometimes lessening after a single visit.
If you’re experiencing any muscle or tissue pain, MyACT could be a good treatment option for you! At HealthFirst Spine & Wellness, our doctors are well-versed in the use of MyACT for everything ranging from injuries to chronic disorders. With an already high success rate in the treatment of pain, MyACT is an excellent step to explore on the road to optimum health and wellness. To learn more, request a free consultation today.