Deep Oscillation 'An Integrated Part of Treatments' by Nicky Snazell, Chartered Physiotherapist and International Pain Specialist

"We have been using deep oscillation for the last five years, as a soothing hands-on interactive tool with manual physiotherapy skills, especially with dry needling. It’s now become an integrated part of our treatments.

Deep Oscillation is a gentle and soothing massage, the pleasant electrostatic sensations ripple through the body and in clinic we administer the therapy through vinyl gloves (it can also be delivered via special applicator/s).

Delegates at the 2018 Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Conference (AACP) heard that internationally patented Deep Oscillation Therapy (DOT) is based on a phenomenon in physics called the Johnsen-Rahbek effect. *Speaker Chris Boynes, a Consultant Chartered Sports & Spinal Physiotherapist said:

‘If a semi-conductor is put between two electrodes and a voltage is applied, a strong magnetic force is created’ 

DOT creates an electrostatic field in the tissues being treated at a low, medium or high frequency which is between the ranges of 5 Hz to 250 Hz. The intermittent, alternating current, is able to treat painful tissue, depending on the selected frequency to a depth of 8 cm. This helps in speeding up and improving wound-healing processes. Through the oedema-reducing and anti-inflammatory effect, the local metabolic rate is improved in all tissue layers. DOT encourages blood flow and removal of unhelpful toxins. Whereby tissue renewal and healthy flexible scar formation are clearly encouraged and accelerated.

Pain relief, reduced swelling and muscle tissue relaxation are so important to improved functional mobility and movement. DOT is a useful tool in the box to help us achieve this"

Nicky Snazell

Discover more about Deep Oscillation on The Nicky Snazell's Wellness & Physiotherapy Website

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About Nicky Snazell


International presenter and instructor on health, wellbeing and pain relief

A skilled practitioner in pain control, running her own practices, driven to provide the best treatment available. First in the world to have achieved an honorary fellowship of iSTOP, the highest accolade in the study of pain medicine in recognition of extensive knowledge, outstanding contribution and expert teaching abilities. Taught this pioneering technique internationally. Highly qualified in her field of physical medicine with degrees in both Physiotherapy and Biological Sciences [Physiology with Physiology], and further postgraduate qualifications in orthopaedic medicine, sports medicine, manipulation, acupuncture, dry needling and alternative medicine.   Successfully built and led hospital departments in both private and NHS hospitals. Currently founded 3 small health companies which are well respected within the medical community.

Consulted at four clinics in the last two years, spread across the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Norfolk and Harley Street.

Presented internationally on pain and health, a health expert on radio shows, and author of four health books to date.

Highly motivated and ambitious, with an ongoing interest in helping the general public with preventative health issues, constantly learning new ways to treat and teach colleagues how to help patients with complex neuro-musculoskeletal problems.


*Chris Boynes, Consultant Chartered Sports & Spinal Physiotherapist presented: The Interaction and outcomes of Acupuncture – TCM and IMS – with Deep Oscillation Treatment – a case studies discussion Conference at The AACP Conference in May 2018 which was covered in an article  on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) website


At the MLD UK Conference in 2018, Chris gave this short interview to Dave MacDonald of Silver Island TV. 



Chris Boynes added further to this that "Deep Oscillation has become

a game changer in treatment protocols, reducing pain, improving function and ROM".


Further Reading



The Mechanisms of Deep Oscillation By Dr Jens Reinhold

MLDUK The Journal April 2017 


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