What Is Shock Wave Therapy (SWT)?
Radial shockwaves are high-energy acoustic waves. They are transmitted through the surface of the skin and spread radially (spherically) into the body. The body, responds with increased metabolic activity around the site of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process.
- The precision compressed-air impulse accelerates the projectile in the handpiece.
- The impact of the projectile on the applicator generates the shockwave.
- The shockwave is delivered to the tissue.
Your Podiatrist locates the pain through history and palpation.
*No associated risks
*No strong medication
*No bothersome side effects
*Fast, gentle and effective.
SWT Acts Fast
Just 4 to 6 applications at short intervals – just a few minutes each. Activates self-healing processes that continue to act even after therapy has been completed. The soothing effect of SWT becomes noticeable in just a few days.
Clinical Study Results
- SWT is used successfully in professional sports medicine and in daily medical practice worldwide.
- Its’ effectiveness has been demonstrated in a multitude of clinical studies (up to 70-80% successful outcomes) and has been approved by the TGA.
- The advantage of extracorporeal shockwaves is that they produce an analgesic effect on the treated area. The unfocused propagation of the shockwaves extends to the entire area where pain occurs.
- Affordable walk-in/walk-out in-office procedure
- No anaesthesia
- No injections
- No surgery
- No negative side effects
- No time off work
- Quick relief
MORE TECHY INFO? How Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) Actually Works:
RELEASE OF SUBSTANCE P
One of these 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 painful areas, it produces an analgesic effect, increases blood circulation and facilitates 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 defense mechanisms to protect it from disease.
HYPERSTIMULATES NERVE FIBRES
Scientific studies also show that shockwaves act in another way. Overstimulating the nerve fibres blocks an increase in pain stimuli and therefore intensifies the analgesic effect (otherwise known as the Gate Control Theory).
If you would like to speak with a Podiatrist about your specific condition and whether you may benefit from shockwave, please just call and ask. We are 100% here to help you!
Please note that an Initial Biomechanical Assessment is required to first diagnose your condition and determine whether SWT will help you.