What is Shockwave Therapy?
Radial shockwaves are also referred to as Radial Pressure Waves. They are pulses generated by compressed air which converts into acoustic energy.The acoustic pulses are then transmitted into the tissue of the affected area. Each treatment works to increase the metabolic activity and the injury or site of pain, stimulating the body’s natural healing process, thus reducing pain.
It is a scientifically proven treatment alternative for people with chronic pain who have exhausted all other treatments available.
Physical Effects of Shockwave (RPW)
- Pain reduction
- Increased metabolism
- Reduced muscle tone
Physiological Effects of RPW
- Increases cell membrane permeability.
- Cavitation(formation of vapor bubbles when pressure of liquid falls below vapor pressure) which causes an eroding effect in the adhesive scar tissue.
- Accelerates the demise of old & weak cells.
- Activates release of self defense Cytokines and free radicals.
- Increases blood flow transporting oxygen in & removing carbon dioxide which stimulates tissue healing.
- Breaks “vicious circle” of increased muscle tone & pain by counter-irritation modulating GABAergicinterneuron’s at the dorsal horn.
- Activates A-βfibers that inhibit transmission of pain signals. Closes pain gate!
- Coagulation disorders
- Use of anticoagulants (esp. Marcumar)
- Tumor diseases, carcinoma patients
- Polyneuropathy (in the case of DM)
- Acute inflammations
- Children in growth
- Cortisone therapy up to six weeks before first treatment in the target area
- Over metal implants
- 91% improved for Calcific Tendinitis
- 90% improved for Plantar Fasciitis
- 77% improved for chronic tennis elbow
Minor Side Effects
- Swelling, redness, haematomas
- Skin lesions after previous cortisone therapy
- Side effects generally subside after 5-10 days.