Shock Wave Therapy
Treatment by Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has developed as an substitute for traditional injury treatments. ESWT is based on the use of shockwaves, which are pressure impulses with a duration of microseconds. Depending on the amount of energy used in the areas treated, these shockwaves are capable of producing a reduction of pain.
ESWT in general increases the vascularity of the tissue allowing for nutrients to get there better, and also allowing for waste products to get out easier and faster. ESWT is a non-thermal modality destroying fat while sparing nerve, muscle, and connective tissue, thus avoiding any swelling, pain, or downtime.
Benefits Of Shock Wave Therapy
Shock Wave Therapy improves many injuries and conditions including the following:
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Golfer’s and Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Chronic heel pain
- Muscle pain
- Tendon and ligament injuries
How Shock Wave Therapy Works
Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to prompt a process called neovascularization, which is when new blood vessels form. This helps improve blood flow to the targeted region. Trigger point treatment can be divided into two areas: to relieve pain and to permanently remove the trigger point complex. Shockwave trigger point therapy uses the concept of mechanical energy separating the fixed actin-myosin links, which is when muscles contract through the action of the two proteins called actin and myosin.
The high-energy and low-energy form of shock wave treatment shock wave therapy works by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by these problems. This microtrauma initiates a natural healing reaction by the body. The healing response is what causes blood vessel formation and an increase in the delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The microtrauma caused by Shockwave Therapy is thought to help stimulate a repair process and relieve the symptoms of pain.
When you have chronic pain, it can affect everything you do in your life. Having daily pain is no way to live, especially when the pain is in an avoidable area like your feet. At Martin Family Chiropractic Centers, we offer this form of therapy to make your life more enjoyable and with pain. Shock wave therapy is a safe treatment alternative to surgery and may be beneficial for patients who have found no success with traditional treatment approaches. Give Martin Family Chiropractic Centers in Concord a call today at (925) 681-0801 to learn more.