How regenerative technologies are used to recover from injury? Both chronic and Acute

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Regenerative technology used for Musculoskeletal Health.

There have been several technological breakthroughs in the past few decades. Self driving cars, robot vacuums, and now A.I. powering all kinds of software, but what about medicine and health?  

We’re going to explore some exciting regenerative technology approved by the FDA. These technologies have been studied for treatment in both short term (6 months or less) and long term (greater than 12 months) musculoskeletal injuries like joint pain, arthritis, and sports-related injuries.

I’ll also offer some insight into how they work on the body to promote healing as naturally as possible without relying on pills, injections, or surgery.

#1. EPAT Shockwave Therapy

EPAT shockwave therapy works by using acoustic waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing. A little like a mechanical meat tenderizer. When these waves touch the injured area, they ignite a chain reaction. More blood flow rushes in, more nutrients are delivered, and your body’s repair crew works harder. It’s like sending in reinforcements to fix the problem, reducing pain, and improving mobility.

#2. PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy

The earth already emits low level electromagnetic fields that help you heal. This technique is called “grounding”. This regenerative technology increase the frequency and location of this pulse. As a result, your cells work more efficiently, reducing inflammation, repairing tissue, and relieving pain. It works by helping red blood cells, which carry oxygen and iron and other nutrients to the body and picks up the waste to deposit them in the lymphatic system. 

PEMF helps the red blood cells move through the blood vessels more rapidly so you get more cycles of nutrient delivery and waste removal. There are lots of different types of devices that range from low level home use to medical grade versions that are up to 40 times more powerful than home use versions ideal for people recovering from injury or pain.

You don’t really feel anything with these devices. Some have felt some warmth but mostly you don’t feel much.  

#3. Red Light Therapy and NIR (Near-Infrared) Therapy 

Have you ever seen plants grow towards the sun? Red and NIR light therapy is a bit like that. These special lights reach your cells and stimulate them to produce more energy for the cell to function. With more energy the cell can produce more cycles of function. This regenerative device helps cells repair themselves and stimulate collagen production, which is great for healing tissue as it gives them more cycles of cellular production.

#4. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) 

Uses low-intensity laser light similar to Red Light Therapy but more focused and targeted area to soothe and relax your cells, reducing pain and inflammation. This regenerative device is also pain free. 

Similarities Between Shockwave and LLLT

Shockwave and LLLT share a common goal – helping your body heal. They do it in slightly different ways, but both stimulate blood flow and tissue repair. I decided to go with shockwave because of how much more effective it is for tendon repair and because we already have Red Light Therapy. Both work to reduce pain and improve your body’s healing process.


These regenerative technology are FDA approved and well researched for safety and effectiveness to help your body heal itself, without needles, surgery, or medications.

If you’re interested in learning more about these technologies or how to incorporate them into your recovery or maintenance plan, please feel free to reach out. We’re here to support your commitment to helping others find joy in their journey through life.


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