Acoustic Compression Therapy

Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT for short) is one of the many therapies offered at Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic. This therapy has proven to be very effective in treating conditions that relate to the back and neck as well as problems not traditionally thought to be treated by a chiropractor.

The therapy works by using sound waves similar to ultrasound therapy. These sound waves are focused using the concave surface of the device which allows the impulses to be focused to the exact location of the problem. Similar to ultrasound therapy, ACT requires the use of a coupling gel (commonly referred to as ultrasound gel) to allow the sound waves to get through the skin to the muscle, bone, and ligaments below.

The sound waves create a vibration or shockwave in the treated area. Cumulatively, these waves cause the tissue to begin the process of regeneration. The muscles and ligaments release more fibers and filaments. Cellular chemicals are released to simulate the surrounding tissues to assist in the healing process. The microvasculature or blood flow increases allowing for more nutrients to be delivered to the injury. The net result is healing.

Acoustic Compression Therapy has been effective in treating many of the following conditions:

  • Muscle spasms in the back and neck
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis of the shoulder and elbow
  • Sprain of the knee or ankle
  • Hip sprain/strain
  • Neuropathy
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger,
  • Dequervain’s
  • Tenosynovitis,
  • Chondromalacia Patellae
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma

If you would like to learn more about ACT or have questions about how it could help you, please call our office at 616 698-0046 to make an appointment with one of our doctors.


The therapy you can feel working. Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT) utilizes focused sound waves to break down adhesions and scar tissue. It allows healing to occur, even when traditional treatment has failed.