SoftWave Therapy, the benefits are shocking!
posted: May 31, 2018.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ECSWT for short, delivers consecutive focused acoustic waves, which carry high energy impulses to painful or injured myoskeletal tissues. This therapy is useful with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Acoustic wave therapy is not a new concept, in fact, it is over 30 years old and was first used in medicine for the treatment of kidney stones (lithotripsy). The main assets of ECSWT are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. As a non-invasive treatment and requiring no pain killers or medications, it is an ideal therapy to speed up recovery, treat pain and heal injuries.
The type of Softwave Therapy we utilize in our practice differs from that of other shockwave therapy, such as that used in kidney stone treatments, delivering unfocused waves of acoustic energy over a broad target. This allows us to most safely treat your condition. Softwaves have the same or better clinical benefit as highly focused shockwaves for most medical conditions. A mechanism of this therapy is delivering shearing forces on the cell membranes making them permeable but keeping them intact, fooling the body into thinking an injury has occurred while initiating the natural biologic process of repair.
Immediately following treatment there is typically a significant reduction in pain, swelling and inflammation, as well as improved range of motion. Four to eight weeks after treatment there is an increase in blood vessels and circulation, which supports faster healing of tendon and bone. And for up to twelve weeks following a treatment there is a recruitment of stem cells to the treated area for the regeneration and healing of tissues.
A variety of conditions have been shown to respond positively to Softwave therapy including (but not limited to): Frozen shoulder and other shoulder injuries, golf and tennis elbow, knee pain, tendon and ligament sprains/strains.
To see if this treatment may be the right solution for you, contact our office for a free consultation.