Multiple Sclerosis Sufferer Helped With Deep Oscillation Therapy Following Hemiarthroplasty
Tracey Doolan wrote: "My husband has Multiple Sclerosis and other very complicated health issues and Christmas morning 2018, he fell from the bed and partially fractured his hip. Following the Hemiarthroplasty, my husband had some physio intervention provided by the NHS but it was intermittent and only for a short period of time, leaving him unable to stand or walk...
Joe had so much tightening in the muscle at the back of his leg, he was in pain and could not bear any weight on the leg. His leg was so hard and felt like a piece of wood, he also had very poor circulation in his foot. We continued with the exercise programme the Physiotherapist had given us but it did not improve and we were at a loss on how we could help him.
A friend had told me she had heard about using deep oscillation therapy and that it had given relief to all sorts of medical problems, so I sourced a company who provide one for us but I didn’t hold out much hope that Joe would be able to ever stand again.
The machine was delivered to us by a very skilful, knowledgeable practitioner, Julie Soroczyn. She trained myself and my husband’s care team how to use the machine and said she would contact us in a few weeks’ time to see how we were getting on.
The machine was used daily on both of Joe's legs by the two carers and within a short period of time, you could feel the loosening of the muscle and the tendons were much softer. The bad leg started to feel just the same as the good one and with regular use Joe started to stand up (enabling him to urinate in standing position, which was very important to him). Joe now has much more movement in his leg and is able to walk several steps, the circulation in his feet is also much improved.
Julie was confident in the machine and its ability to help Joe when she made her initial visit and was available for any questions.
We are truly grateful to PhysioPod, and to Julie, for her positive, hands-on approach, talking us through everything we were unsure of, and of course for getting my husband back up on his feet.
Deep Oscillation is a fantastic therapy"
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
(Extracted with thanks to The Multiple Sclerosis Trust website)
MS stands for multiple sclerosis. It is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, also known as the central nervous system or CNS.
'Sclerosis' means scarring or hardening of tiny patches of tissue. 'Multiple' is added because this happens at more than one place in the brain and/or spinal cord.
MS-related factors that can increase the risk of falling:
- Visual problems - double vision, blurred vision and nystagmus can make it difficult to focus or to see any hazards clearly. Optic neuritis can affect balance if information from the eyes reach the brain at different speeds
- Problems with mobility and/or balance - in particular foot drop, numbness, dizziness and fatigue may cause issues
- Continence problems - rushing to the toilet to empty the bladder or bowel more frequently or urgently can make sufferers less careful than usual and lead to falls
- Problems relating to concentration, attention span, poor memory or other cognitive symptoms - this might mean sufferers find it more difficult to judge distances, may trip over things that they'd forgotten were there, or if trying to do more than one thing at once and not fully concentrating on walking
- Side effects of medications - such as drowsiness or dizziness.
What is Deep Oscillation?
DEEP OSCILLATION® (1) is an internationally patented, proven technology based on the effects of creating an electrostatic field in the tissue of the patient. Easy application is from therapist to patient/client via hygienic, vinyl gloved hands; utilizing all normal massage movements or via circular movements over the tissue with a handheld applicator. The handheld applicator also enables self-treatment. Visit the DEEP OSCILLATION® product range
Deep Oscillation is delivered via vinyl gloved hands of therapist or carer, applicators below also enable self management where possible.
The special structure of DEEP OSCILLATION® allows the creation of biologically effective oscillations in the treated tissue using electrostatic attraction and friction. In contrast to other therapies, these pleasant oscillations have a gentle and deep-acting effect on all tissue components to an 8 cm depth (through skin, connective tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscles, blood and lymph vessels).
Because of the non-invasive, non-traumatic, gentle nature of this therapy, very early possibilities of application are possible following injury and from Day One post operatively. Chronic conditions can also be worked upon with effective results.
How can Deep Oscillation help following Hemiarthroplasty?
After Hemiarthroplasty, Deep Oscillation can be applied very successfully from the first day after the procedure. The treatment goals consist of decongestion, pain reduction and promotion of mobility and wound healing, as well as improved scarring / accelerated tissue repair. (2)
How can Deep Oscillation help with Multiple Sclerosis in general treatment?
Deep Oscillation can help to reduce spasms, promote intestinal and bladder functions with anti-oedema and relaxing effects. Treatment to neck, head, thorax, abdomen, legs and back.
A small study on DOT in MS patients showed effects significant effects on hand function (3)
3. Horn A., Mischler B. (2015): Short-term Effect of Deep Oscillation on Fine and Gross Motor Motility in Multiple Sclerosis Patients with Hand Functional Limitations: A Case Study. Bern University of Applied Sciences Department of Health.