EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY
Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. The waves produced by a shock wave machine stimulate and encourage the release of natural healing factors at a cellular level that the body may have trouble producing sufficiently. In the medical world, shock waves have been used since 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones. In conservative pain therapy, low-energy shock waves are applied to painful body regions where they can exert their curative action. Shock wave therapy is versatile, non-invasive, and free of any adverse side effects.
The benefits of shock wave therapy provide physiological effects that speed up, or assist with the body’s natural healing process. Shock waves can accelerate the healing process in the body by fighting inflammation, stimulating metabolism, promoting revascularization, and improving blood and lymphatic circulation. This allows damaged tissue to regenerate and heal.
During a shockwave therapy treatment, a gel is applied to the treatment area to prevent any loss of transmitted energy. This allows the shock waves to be introduced into the body. Shock waves are then applied as the therapy head is moved over the pain region in a circular motion.
Common Conditions Treated with Shock Wave Therapy:
- Plantar Fasciitis; HeelSpur
- Trigger Points
- Epicondylitis; Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Scar Tissue Build Up
- Muscle and Connective Tissue Injuries; Sprains and Strains
- Calcific Tendonitis
- Tibial Stress Syndrome; Shin Splints
- Patellar Tendonitis; Jumper’s Knee
- Achillodynia; Chronic Pain in Achilles Tendon