Shock Wave Therapy
What is Shock wave therapy?
Shock wave therapy refers to the mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body.
Shock wave therapy causes microscopic interstitial and extracellular biological effects to cause tissue regeneration. Acoustic wave energy is conducted from the Swiss Dolorclast machine to the body regions experiencing pain to create this healing reaction.
It is an effective and non-invasive method for the treatment of localized musculoskeletal pathologies. Our podiatrists can treat the below listed conditions.
Furthermore, it can be used for:
- Trigger point therapy.
- DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness).
- Deep tissue massage for improved recovery post competition.
The recommended treatment plan generally involves 3 x weekly visits. Pain reduction should be experienced after the 1stor 2nd visit. Recommendations on other therapies will be advised, where required, for best outcomes.
The therapeutic effects include:
RELEASES MORE SUBSTANCE P
One of the messenger substances is substance P, a pain mediator and growth factor. On the one hand, the release of substance P by shockwaves has an analgesic effect. On the other, it dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation and contributes to the formation of new bone tissue. NO (nitric oxide) also has a vasodilatory effect and plays an important role in angiogenesis.
In short, when applied to a painful region, shockwaves produce an analgesic effect, increase blood circulation and facilitate the repair process.
INHIBITS THE COX II ENZYME
By inhibiting inflammatory mediators such as COX II, shockwaves produce an anti-inflammatory effect. This weakens any inflammatory process.
ACTIVATES CELLULAR DEFENSES
By contributing to the release of free radicals, shockwaves help strengthen the body’s endogenous cellular defence mechanisms to protect it from disease.
HYPERSTIMULATES NERVE FIBRES
Scientific studies also show that shockwaves act in another way. Over stimulating the nerve fibers, blocks an increase in pain stimuli and therefore intensifies the analgesic effect (Gate Control Theory).