How does radial shockwave therapy work?
- relieves pain
- activates the metabolism
- promotes blood circulation
- relaxes the muscles
When is shockwave therapy used?
- for tendonitis
- to activate muscle tissue and connective tissue
- for myofascial trigger points (these are tight local areas of muscle tissue in the skeletal muscles)
More about how the radial shockwave therapy process works
- treatment lasts 10 minutes
- the number of times a patient is treated depends on the diagnosis, 3 to 6 sessions generally suffice
- sessions are scheduled at intervals of 3 to 10 days.
A short while ago, we expanded the range of treatments we had to offer with device for shockwave therapy. Despite its effectiveness having been recognised, it is unfortunately a service that health insurance companies won’t cover. Nevertheless, it will certainly help us to expand our range of treatments.
Shockwaves are high-energy blasts, similar to sound waves but with a different type of energy, among other things. During shockwave therapy, calcifications are broken into small particles which are then removed from the body. For another thing, the patient will become less sensitive to pain and metabolic processes will be stimulated within the relevant area.
There are various mechanisms involved. Chronic inflammation becomes acute and then recognised and fought off by the body. Additionally, endorphins, among other things, are secreted, reducing the patient’s sensitivity to local pain. At the moment, some mechanisms of action are still a work in progress, however this therapy is proven to be effective in a large percentage of patients.
The Swiss Dolorclast is a modern and versatile device used for shockwave therapy.
Persistent, chronic inflammations are the first things to be treated.
Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder
Calcaneal spur and plantar fasciitis
Medial tibial stress syndrome
Generally speaking, a patient will require three sessions of treatment scheduled at intervals of six to ten days. Some initial improvements may be seen as soon as after the first session of treatment, but a successful recovery should only be expected after all the treatment sessions have been completed. The therapy does not have any side effects, but it may be painful at times, therefore doctors can apply a local anaesthetic to the area in advance if necessary.