How does shockwave work?
Therapeutic shock waves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones without causing skin injury over 20 years ago. Today the use of radial shock waves or Radial Pressure Waves (RPW) has been successfully extended to other therapeutic and wellness applications such as treating insertional tendinopathy disorders, deactivating myofascial trigger points, activation of muscle and connective tissue, dissolving calcifications, increasing circulation, acupuncture therapy, medical massage, cellulite treatment and lymphatic drainage. Shockwaves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers, particularly in cases where the body has been unable to do it on its own. It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enables damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal. The treatment relieves pain by producing an analgesic effect on the treatment area. Healing occurs over several treatments by initiating an inflammatory response and ultimately vascularization to the area. The high energy acoustic waves that are transmitted through the surface of the skin are spread radially (spherically) into the body and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the area of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee, achilles, elbow and back pain.
After 2-3 sessions, over 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain.
* 90% improvment for plantar fasciitis
(Journal of Orthopaedics Research 2005)
* 91% improvment for tendinonitis
(Journal of America Medical Association 2003)
* 77% improvement for tennis elbow
(Journal of Orthopaedics 2005)