Radial pressure shockwave therapy (commonly known as Radial Pressures Waves (RPW) or radial shockwave) is a non-invasive treatment that was originally used 20 years ago for getting rid of kidney stones without causing skin damage. In addition, the treatment had minimal side effects such as faster tissue and bone healing. Today, RPW therapy has greatly advanced and is successfully used in many wellness and therapeutic applications like insertional achilles tendonitis, activation of muscle and connective tissue, shoulder calcifications and myofascial trigger points.
All radial shockwave treatments are comprised of frequent, short and high intensity surges of mechanical energy that are applied to the affected area. Each range of energy is used for different applications, some for chronic conditions and others for acute issues. For example, high energy helps regenerate and repair tendons, soft tissues and bones.
The Many Levels of Radial Pressure Shockwave Therapy
Radial shockwave therapy encompasses numerous levels of treatment. For example, treatment can include muscle tone reduction, the lessening of pain, blood flow change or the change of cell level.
Muscle Tone Reduction – with the use of shockwave treatment, contractile activity of the muscle can be reduced. As well, the treatment can disrupt patterns of neuro-cognitive pain that correlates with chronic problems. As a result, spasms and muscle tone are decreased plus trigger points are removed.
Lessening of Pain – since shockwave vibrations directly affect the nerve fibers that transfer pain signals to the brain, the gate control theory is very effective. In fact, shockwaves great affect the interneurons in the A-β fibers by preventing the communication of pain to your brain. In effect, pain is greatly reduced and practically eliminated.
Blood Flow Change –studies show that regular blood flow is a significant factor in the healing process. Moreover, shockwaves generate a revascularization effect. The stimulation in itself redirects new and fresh blood flow into the troubled area which supports soft tissue regeneration and healing.
Change of Cell Level – by utilizing shockwave stimulus the chemical environment of tissues is affected on a cellular level. In fact, the treatment triggers the change of free radicals so that they release an element that prevents inflammation and pain.
The Whole Spectrum
Radial pressure shockwave therapy has greatly advanced in the past decade. In truth, there are various conditions that the therapy supports and restores such as
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel pain and spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Calcific tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Golfer’s and tennis elbow
- Myofascial trigger points in muscle
- Jumper’s knee or Patellar tendonitis
- Myositis ossificans or heterotopic ossification
- IT band syndrome or Iliotibial band syndrome