Today, one of the most helpful and innovative therapies for heel pain and sore feet is radial pressure wave treatment. In truth, many believe that the treatment is cost effective and the least painful of all methods used for heel pain.
Unlike extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) that is highly powerful and intensely focused, radial pressure wave treatment is broader and more proficient for clinic-based and soft tissue therapy. Besides, it does not require an anaesthetic like ESWT does.
Ultrasound gel is applied to the problematic area. An applicator is then used to emit a series of short sharp vibrations into the tissue having problems. The pressure waves then stimulate the fascia and blood vessels. These waves support healing and release pain-reducing chemicals that ease discomfort. This also allows the body time to repair itself instead of dealing with the continual pain. In addition, the treatments can involve therapeutic exercises to accelerate the repair process.
Radial pressure wave treatment has many benefits.
- Reduces pain
- Increases tissue healing
- Aids in muscle tone recovery
- Increased blood flow in the localized area
- Has a momentary analgesic effect on afferent nerves
- Breaks down calcific deposits (mostly in the tendons)
- Enhances cellular activity such as inflammatory cytokines
Radial pressure wave treatment is a little painful. However, many report that the pain is very minimal. But for those who are very sensitive to pain, the setting for treatment can be adjusted in order to make it bearable. As well, the pain seems to lessen with more treatments which only lasts a couple of minutes. On the other hand, some people require longer treatments, depending on their condition.
Research shows that the success rate of radial pressure wave treatment is quite high. In fact, reports show that the treatment works on the majority of patients. Moreover, many patients state that they have a 50% reduction in pain after their first treatment. Plus, further sessions are just as successful and have lasting results.
However, there are a small percentage of patients that get somewhat better or have no changes at all. Generally, the cases have reasons that can be identified and the cause is mostly inescapable.
Frequency of Sessions
Generally the sessions are spaced 5 to 10 days apart. Between the treatments you may need other therapy such as therapeutic exercise. Moreover, sessions on the correct exercise techniques is also recommended. Furthermore, it frequently takes 3 and 6 sessions to feel better. But there are many factors that can affect progress such as age, home and work environment, habitual postures, ‘natural’ muscle tension and susceptibility toward inflammation. But when you get radial pressure wave treatment and do your exercises daily or every other day, you can expect great improvements almost immediately and within days of the first treatment. Plus, there will be more improvements following each session.