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Also known as moist heat therapy; it is used to relax stiff muscles and increase blood flow to muscles that have been damaged by the lack of oxygen, nutrient rich blood, and reduces pain.*
Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Our Medical Director and Founder

Ken Hoffman is a Doctor of Acupuncture and a specialist in Natural Medical Care. In 1991, he began private training under the tutelage of a Taoist medical and qi gong master where he began learning the art of Chinese healing. This culminated in a sabbatical to Taiwan where he lived and studied Chinese healing arts in Chi Nan Temple.

He then completed a 4 year Chinese medical school program with an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY. His post-graduate specialties included study with some the best doctors in functional medicine where he focused on the integration of western bio-medicine including blood chemistry analysis, endocrinology and the use of Medical Infrared Thermography.

He has performed more than 18,000 acupuncture treatments on over 7,000 patients since starting his practice which has now grown into the busiest clinic of its kind in the state of Connecticut.

What is Diathermy and How Does it Work?

Through the three methods of diathermy, heat is generated from electric currents. This heat then travels to muscle tissue, which relaxes the muscle and treats various issues within, such as strains and sprains. A kind of physical therapy, diathermy is carried out in different lengths of time, depending on the patient.*

The Three Types of Diathermy

There are three types of diathermy: shortwave, microwave, and ultrasound.

  • Shortwave diathermy involves electromagnetic energy to produce heat. This heat helps soothe and repair various muscles by removing muscle strains, sprains, and tenosynovitis.*
  • With microwave diathermy, heat is generated from microwaves. Microwave diathermy is beneficial because tissues are heated up, but the skin stays the same temperature, allowing the heat to get to the important part of the body for healing purposes. However, the heating does not extend beyond the muscles. Therefore, this treatment is best applied to areas that are easily accessible, like the shoulders.*
  • In ultrasound diathermy, sound waves are used to create heat. The heat comes from the tissues themselves due to vibration. When the tissue is heated up, blood flow becomes more productive, which helps cure muscle spasms, strains, sprains and pain inside the joints.*

How is Diathermy Beneficial?

Diathermy is beneficial because it aids the process of recovery, should a muscle injury happen. The heat that goes inside muscles fixes problems in muscle tissues, supporting comfortability by speeding up blood flow.*

Additionally, diathermy is used to treat various medical conditions, like back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Recipients of diathermy can expect to see results in the targeted area, such as increased comfortability thanks to the healing process.*

The Drawbacks of Diathermy

The electrical nature of diathermy should be taken into consideration, as metal surfaces can reach extreme temperatures. Metallic things like fillings, and piercings should be removed to prevent the chance of burning the skin/tissue.*

Also, because the patient undergoes an electrical current, they temporarily become a conductor. Touching metal surfaces should be avoided to prevent the aforementioned burning.*

Why Choose SOPHIA for Diathermy Treatments?

At the Sophia Natural Health Center, we strive to improve the health of all our patients in the greater Danbury area. With years of experience under our belts, our doctors will not only improve the health of our patients, but also will educate them about diathermy and why it will help them. At Sophia, we guarantee your overall health will increase. Through our unique Integrative Natural Medicine plan, your health will improve, and will be preserved.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Sophia Natural Health Center does not guarantee certain results.

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