MicroVas – What it is and What You Can Expect
Treatment options available to us are always evolving, with research opening up new possibilities and more effective methods all the time. MicroVas therapy is one of the newcomers, as far as medical history is concerned.
A multitude of conservative treatments still withstand the test of time for many foot and ankle problems. In many cases, we still use them as our go-to for care because we know their success record. However, there are times when, for one reason or another, these treatments are not as effective for someone, or the need for a more advanced form of treatment is clear.
MicroVas has been very helpful in many conditions, largely because of the way it stimulates the body’s own healing process. It has been recommended as part of treatment for sports injuries, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic wounds, soft tissue pain, and other issues.
But what is MicroVas, exactly? How does it work, and what can you expect during a treatment session? We’ll provide an overview of these answers here, but are always happy to answer any additional questions you might have.
What is MicroVas?
MicroVas is a form of electrical stimulation therapy. The technology behind the treatment was originally developed in the late 1980s by military researchers and was first used to treat hypothermia in Navy Seals.
One of the defining differences between MicroVas and other types of electrical stimulation therapy is how MicroVas can pass its current completely through the area of the body that is being treated.
How Does MicroVas Help Someone?
The currents that are sent through an area of treatment stimulate the nerves and muscles to contract. This increases blood flow and the amount of oxygen that is brought to the body’s tissues.
Where cells are damaged, this increase in circulation and oxygen can be a powerful catalyst. The healing and rebuilding processes of these cells can accelerate, resulting in pain relief and quicker healing times. The treatment can also stimulate angiogenesis, which is the creation of small blood vessels to help bring further and long-lasting sustenance to cells in the region.
The stimulation of nerves and muscles via MicroVas can also be effective in managing nerve-related problems. The flexion of muscles can help recondition and strengthen the nerves. Pain signals from damaged nerves can also be blocked.
Patients who have undergone the treatment have reported relief of symptoms months and even years following their last session.
What Happens During a MicroVas Treatment?
A MicroVas therapy session is completely non-surgical and will not require you to have someone drive you home. The vast majority of patients report a completely pain-free experience, with a few saying they felt a slight tingling sensation.
Each session lasts up to 45 minutes and can be completed while sitting or lying down. A patient is connected to the MicroVas machine, with the connections placed at a 180-degree angle to ensure the current passes completely through. This means you will likely have a pad placed at the top or bottom of the foot, or on opposite sides of your calf—wherever the focus of treatment lies.
The current that is passed through the body is gentle, and will cause a passive contraction and relaxation of the muscles in that area.
Multiple MicroVas sessions will be recommended, with the ultimate schedule largely depending on the patient’s needs and the condition being treated. Positive effects are often felt following the first treatment, and these benefits tend to further improve with each successive session.
After several treatments, we will reevaluate your condition and adjust the schedule, if necessary.
Are There Reasons I Might Not Be Able to Use MicroVas?
As with most forms of treatment, MicroVas is not for everyone. There are some factors that might create risks when undergoing electrical stimulation therapy. A few include:
- Being pregnant
- Having an implanted cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
- Having recently experienced a stroke that was unstable or untreated
- Having deep venous thrombosis
We will fully review your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for MicroVas before treatment is started.
The Treatment that Works for You
MicroVas treatment has great potential for many types of patients we commonly see.
The effects of diabetes can be detrimental to both circulation and nerves. MicroVas can be an effective counter to both consequences and can also be helpful in stimulating the healing process of diabetic wounds.
Athletes who have been dealing with soft tissue pain or could benefit from a boost in their recovery period may also find an ally in MicroVas. It has even been used in some instances of fractures to aid the healing of bone tissue.
However, please remember that MicroVas is not the only potential treatment for your particular situation. In some cases, we may recommend it as part of an overall plan or feel that other forms of treatment would be a much better fit for you. We will be happy to discuss all your treatment options to ensure you have full confidence in your ultimate plan.
The one universal truth in all foot and ankle problems is this: if you have had trouble that hasn’t improved after a few days, it’s always best to seek treatment now rather than later! The sooner the cause of a problem is identified, and treatment is started, the faster you can see results.
Our three offices are open and here to help you. Contact any of them at:
- Warren, (732) 356-3668
- Hillsborough, (908) 722-3608
- Edison/South Plainfield (908) 222-8980
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