Shock Wave therapy provides rapid pain relief and restoration of mobility. Along with being a non-surgical therapy without the need for analgesics, this makes it an ideal therapy to accelerate recovery and cure various injuries that cause acute or chronic pain. Also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue lesions and certain bone conditions. For this reason, it is well accepted by the physiotherapist in the physiotherapy service in South Kolkata.
An Extracorporeal Shock Wave is defined as a high-energy, non-evasive, non-electric sound wave that passes through the body through a hand probe. Shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and break down the fibrous tissue of the scar that accumulates over time, especially in chronic conditions.
The decomposition of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elastic tissue, scar tissue is not elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thus weakening the unaffected tissue that surrounds it, which often causes more damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shock wave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid pain reduction. This helps the physiotherapist in the physiotherapy service in South Kolkata to restore normal function of the patients.
Shockwave therapy works by emitting high energy pulses. These acoustic energy pulses are focused on the target tissues by the handpiece/applicator of the shockwave therapy machine and are believed to cause localized microtrauma that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. It is believed that shock waves stimulate angiogenesis/neovascularization (new blood vessels) and neurogenesis (new nerve cells). Microtrauma increases local circulation and improves the breakdown of calcifications (calcium accumulation).
Shockwave therapy should not cause pain. Occasionally, if the area being treated is already very painful, some increase in discomfort may be experienced during treatment. The intensity of the shock waves can be controlled by the therapist using the machine in such a way that the discomfort can be minimized.
The actual application of shockwave therapy generally only lasts about 5 minutes.
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Source: Active Physio Health