A non-invasive solution that accelerates the recovery from injured tissue.
Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. They occur in the atmosphere, for example when lightning strikes, or when aeroplanes break through the sound barrier. In the medical world, shock waves have been employed since around 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones.
For pain and soft tissue therapy, shock wave energy is conducted from the place of generation to the painful body regions where it accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s self healing powers (inflammation). The process stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation, damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
The following are some disorders that can be treated with Shock Wave Therapy:
- Tennis or Golfers elbow
- Patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee)
- Shin pain/shin splints
- Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
- Shoulder pain, e.g. rotator cuff tendonitis / bursitis / impingement / frozen shoulder
- Achilles tendon pain
- Heel pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle tension caused by muscular trigger points
- Knee osteoarthritis
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has virtually no risks or side effects.
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY DETAILS
How successful is the therapy?
After only 4 or 5 sessions over 80% of patients report significant pain reduction.
How is the therapy performed?
The therapist localizes the pain region by palpation or shock wave localization and discusses the findings with you. A skin gel is then applied to the treatment area to allow the shock waves to be introduced into the body almost painlessly and without any loss of energy. After these preparations, shock waves are released as the shock wave applicator is moved over the pain region in a circular motion.
Duration and frequency of therapy
The therapy session takes between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. In general, an average of 5 to 8 therapy sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.