Therapeutic shockwaves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones 20 years ago. One of the side effects discovered during treatment, was the effect on bone healing (bone density increase), as well as accelerated tissue healing in the area.
In nature, shockwaves are caused by a high energy wave. This wave has an extremely short build up time and high amplitude, similar to an explosion.
Radial pressure waves offer a non invasive treatment solution to long term insertion and soft tissue pathologies. Local treatment in the affected area will support and reset the healing pattern.
Today there are several working hypothesis for the physical effects of radial pressure waves:
•Pain reduction: The patient experiences a reduction of pain, explained by the Gate Control Theory. Intensive pulses from the transmitter into the tissues create a strong nociceptor activation of the A-β fibers, which affect interneurons that inhibit the transmission of the pain signals.
• Increased metabolism: Shockwaves influence the tissues on a cellular level. The chemical environment of the cells is affected by free radicals promoting the release of pain and inflammatory inhibiting substances.
• Revascularization: Repeated shockwaves to the affected area create a revascularization effect, with the new blood flow in the area promoting tissue healing and regeneration.
• Reduced muscle tone: The “vicious circle”, as well as the strong pathological association between pain and muscle tone, will be broken and lead to restoring a normalized muscular tone.
If you are interested in Radial Shockwave Therapy or need more information please call us at 973-746-7766