Radial “shock waves” apply the energy at specific points of tenderness and then the force of vibration spreads out over a larger area.
This action increases the metabolic activity around the area triggering cellular and biochemical processes. This stimulates the body’s natural healing ability, reducing pain, breaking up adhesions (scar tissue), and triggering reabsorption of calcium deposits. It helps normalize muscle tone through stimulation of the muscle spindle and the Golgi apparatus of the muscle and tendons, and releases endorphins (natural painkillers) by stimulating the skin’s pressure and touch receptors.
Disorders that are treated with Shock Wave Therapy are: Shoulder pain and calcification, Tennis or golfer’s elbow, Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), Shin pain, Achilles tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Chronic neck, Shoulder and back pain, Trigger points and Fibromyalgia.
Studies show treatment can be more than 90% successful.