It’s always somewhat fascinating how things trend over time, whether it be those funky legwarmers of the ‘80s making a comeback, performers from the ‘60s and ‘70s seeing a resurgence in their music, or a treatment like diapulse that originated in the ‘50s making a buzz again. Back then it was called diathermy — sending a frequency into a tissue — and was used specifically for wound healing.
But most things that come back around, not counting legwarmers, do so because there was a reason they were popular the first time. They worked.
At Compassionate Care Centers (CCC) in Louisville, practitioners are building on what was a very successful treatment decades ago and using it to do some amazing things, they say. And doing it in a way that’s natural and non-invasive, adds chiropractor and CCC founder, Dr. Adam Harris.
“We’re just allowing the body to regulate and heal itself using its natural healing factors,” he says. “This is just a way that we can up-regulate, get the body to heal as fast as possible.”
And just how does diapulse do that? Well, first a little history. As mentioned, the treatment was first used to heal surface wounds, and it did a great job of that. Doctors always knew that more could be done, however, if you could get the frequency to move deeper into tissue for therapeutic healing, but there was a problem.
“You would microwave them,” explains Harris. “They needed a frequency that was in a range of 200 to 600 hertz to get to the deeper tissue. So what can you do?”
Hence the term diapulse. The pulsing pulls the heat out and leaves the frequency there. This frequency then acts as a catalyst that corrals all of the healing factors in your body and pulls them into the area that needs healing. Voila, you have an even more powerful treatment than the original diathermy.
Take one of Dr. Harris’s patients, a woman who had three migraines a week, was on heavy medications, didn’t eat right, and who barely had enough energy to do anything. She underwent 12 treatments of diapulse — which has proven very effective for migraines, says Harris — along with chiropractic care and was down to 1 migraine a month and off her heavy meds. Harris says she found herself more awake, started eating right, working out, and stopped smoking.
“All because of her head feeling better,” he says. “She’s now contributing to her own health for her future.”
There are different machines out there, according to Harris, that range in the number of pulses they can accommodate. CCC has one of the originals, which works at 600 pulses, which is what you need to help resolve chronic problems such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. It’s also good for broken bones, muscle tears, headaches, and even cancer, Harris says.
So why now, when this form of treatment has been around the block so to speak? Well, Harris points to the cultural shift in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s to surgery coming into its own as a panacea for disease.
“But now people don’t want to be cut,” says Harris. “Now we’re learning that surgeries are not the end-all be-all. Now people are looking again for the alternative.”
And here it is. Legwarmers optional.