If you’re looking for all the pain relief and healing of myofascial therapy without all the sweat and tears, have I got a treat for you! I decided to go out on a limb by testing a product I had never heard anything about before. It’s a wand type personal device that combines infrared light therapy with ultrasound therapy. They’re sometimes referred to as ultra cavitation devices and are primarily known for their ability to reduce cellulite. So far, I’ve been very pleased with the results, so in usual fashion, I am sharing it with you.
I’ve been testing this ultra cavitation (UC) device since March of this year. I wanted to make sure that the benefits I was seeing were real and could be sustained over time before I shared it. There is a lot of suspicion around DIY self-improvement and therapeutic devices and there are ways of getting professional ultrasound therapy, which could be even more effective. I don’t really know, I’ve never had a professional ultrasound treatment for comparison. If I’d listened to the naysayers and passed this unit by, I would probably still be struggling with tendonitis in my elbow.
When this machine came up on my radar, it was being advertised as a weight loss and cellulite removal system and they were making some significant claims. I was wary about some of those claims and still are, but if UC could do what the manufacturer claimed, I knew it had to provide similar relief to what a fasciablaster does. I went ahead and handed over my money and took my chance to see if how it works.
Sure enough, as I began reading about ultrasound and infrared light therapies, I discovered that they’ve been in use since the 1950’s to treat soft tissue injury and are frequently used and adapted for new treatments. Physical therapists still use it today, often in conjunction with heat therapy to achieve the best results. After using my UC unit just a few times, I knew it was going to do exactly what I wanted. UC devices are another victim of fad diet marketing, being hidden behind claims of being the holy grail of weight loss, while their healing and pain relief potential remains hidden.
UC -vs- FB
Having used one of these machines for several months in lieu of fasciablasting, I am confident it has a very similar effect, though it does differ slightly. For example, ultrasound and light therapy has a greater firming effect on the skin, while the fasciablaster seems to offer longer lasting pain relief.
The really big advantages between the two therapies comes in how they’re accomplished. I really wanted to call this post “The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Myofascial Therapy.” The amount of energy one has to burn rubbing the tongs of a fasciablaster over your body feels astronomical as a spoonie. The ultra cavitation device requires only that you smear some “jelly,” on the head, click a few buttons and gently glide it over your skin. It’s a bit cold starting out and sometimes boring, but it’s easier than painting your nails and uses only slightly more energy.
How UC Works
It’s hard to believe that something you can barely tell is happening can have such a powerful effect. The unit and its silvertone ultrasound head never feel hot or even warm to the touch. You only very rarely notice the slightest sensation of vibration, if at all. Ultrasound creates deep vibrations below the human range of hearing. When using a conduction gel, it can penetrate the body, providing heat and breaking up scar tissue and myofascial adhesions while massaging the muscle with its vibration. With it’s vibrations, ultrasound can promote both healing and pain relief while also decreasing muscle spasms and tightness.
In addition to the powerful effects of ultrasound, the ultrasound head is surrounded by infrared light. Infrared light therapy offers additional healing to the extra cellular matrix, pain relief to joints, muscles and nerves, quick wound healing and aids in the production of collagen, while offering stress relief, detoxification, better sleep and more.
When I use the ultra cavitation unit, I experience near immediate pain relief, a reduction in inflammation and better performance of my joints. Used in conjunction with AloeMD, it works just like the fasciablaster to repair tendonitis and keeps the pain from extending beyond the joint.
And it is having a big effect on my cellulite, my legs becoming a bit smoother each time I do a round of therapy. I haven’t been able to work with it as much as I would like, but I’ve certainly worked with it enough to know that where the faceblaster reduced my turkey neck, the ultra cavitation is obliterating it. If I were worried about the cosmetic only, I might even go for the ultra cavitation over a fasciablaster, but I’m convinced the ultrasound is as equally effective as the fasciablaster, so I’m still using both.
There are a couple of drawbacks, however. It can’t be used on the head (unless you really want to cover your head in ultrasound jelly), so if you have TMD, trigemenal or occipital neuralgia or related tension type headaches, you’ll still want to keep that faceblaster handy.
And while this therapy being easier than the fasciablaster sounds great, you’ll be missing out on some muscle building and cardio potential the more strenuous therapy creates. If you want to use it for weight loss, you need to add on a post treatment workout, but this is actually true of both of these therapies. They don’t really cause weight loss, but they can encourage greater weight loss when combined with exercise.
Personally, I find using both is quite complimentary. I use the faceblaster on my skull, do most of my other treatments using the ultra cavitation and I try to do a full body blast at least once a month. If I keep up with these therapies and my strengthening exercises, my joints do much better at staying in place, my fibromyalgia pain is nearly non-existent and I find I’m still making a level of progress on my cellulite and overall health that I’m satisfied with.
The UC Unit I Chose
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on buying an ultra cavitation unit, but I definitely wanted one that offered both ultrasound and infrared light. I think I got a pretty good unit. Bonus, it even comes with EMF (comparable to TENS) and a few diodes to get you started. Because of my vibrational urticaria, I don’t react well to TENS or EMF. However; my husband enjoys using it quite a lot and he says it works just as well as the EMF treatments he used to get from a chiropractor. Oddly, the ultrasound doesn’t seem to have much effect on my vibrational urticaria and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t the foggiest why.
I’ll be perfectly honest, as I always am with my reviews. This unit doesn’t get great ratings on Amazon, but that’s because they’re promoting for weight loss, while I’m promoting its true use, physical therapy. Yes, it can lift and sculpt and when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and movement, I’m sure it can offer some weight loss benefit, but it’s really most useful for the things I’ve stated in this article, not for how it’s being promoted on Amazon. Please understand that many companies push the more popular agenda when advertising these kinds of options rather than those spoonies are more likely to buy it for. Here’s what it looks like and comes with:
This device comes with everything you see here, in addition to a small guide which will teach you how to operate it. To use the device for ultrasound and light therapy, you simply plug the unit in, turn on the power button and select Infrared and sonic. Click the sonic button twice to go from low to high.
To perform an ultrasound and infrared treatment, you simply apply a dab conduction material (essential for penetration of the ultrasound waved into the body), press the metal plate against the skin so that it’s making full contact and gently, but firmly move the wand around on the skin in the method the book shows (some body parts are done going back and forth, others in a circular motion). I try to work on 1-2 feet of skin at a time for a few minutes each.
CAUTION: Do not hold the ultrasound wand immobile over the skin. While it doesn’t appear to get hot, you definitely feel your skin and body warming up. This is because the infrared and ultrasound both create internal heat and holding the unit in place can cause burns. On the flip side, you want to move the wand slowly, making sure it has full contact with the skin. Since the gel conducts the ultasound, you also want to make sure you have plenty of it on your wand at all times.
You can use traditional ultrasound gel, aloe gel (which is what I use), or you can even make your own ultrasound gel. Here are a few pre-made options.
After 20 minutes the unit automatically shuts down. You simply need to press the buttons again to resume, but be careful not to do too much. There can be a bit of nausea involved if you encourage too much detox in a single session.
To use the EMS, You simply plug in the diode connections, place your pads where you need them (instructions are included in the book) and adjust the settings on either side of the unit that control the massage mode and intensity:
Where to Buy It
To Purchase this unit from Amazon, simply click the link: The Ultra Cavitation Infrared Body Slimming Massager. You can purchase the unit anywhere you’d like, of course, but this was by far the best price I found. A great bonus for us is that if you purchase through the link, you’ll be helping the Zebra Pit to meet operating costs and continue serving the spoonie community. We thank you!
It’s easy to do most of your body on your own, especially if you’re a bendy type zebra like myself. You may need a little help with your back, but you’ll likely get fewer complaints when enlisting help than you would with the energy-sapping work of the fasciablaster.
Not that I have anything against the fasciablaster. I still think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but it can be a lot of work. When recovering from major illness, operation or rehabbing a joint, sometimes it’s just not practical. For those times, an ultra cavitation unit is exactly what I’ve needed to keep the pain of dislocations, fibromyalgia tenderpoints, muscle spasms and soreness at bay. If you decide to try it or already have a similar unit, I would love to hear what you think. Be sure to tell us about it in the comments.
Resources and Further Reading
- Group, Edward. “The Health Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy.” Global Healing Center. Nov 12, 2015. Accessed Oct 23, 2019.
- Jacques, Erica.”Benefits of the Use of Ultrasound in Physical Therapy.” Live Strong. Accessed Oct 23, 2019.
- Miller, Douglas L et al. “Overview of therapeutic ultrasound applications and safety considerations.” Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine vol. 31,4 (2012): 623-34. doi:10.7863/jum.2012.31.4.623 Accessed Oct 23, 2019.
- Raymond, Fernando. “Why We Should Use Infrared Light Therapy?” Bye Bye Back Pain. Accessed Oct 23, 2019.