Shock wave therapy is a new and exciting treatment at The Walking Clinic
Shockwave therapy or Extracorporeal shockwave therapy uses shockwave impulse produced by air pressure applied to the affected tissue.
This causes an increased inflammation response, increases the release of P-substance and helps repair damaged tissue.
BENEFITS of shockwave therapy
|VIRTUALLY PAINLESS AFTER TREATMENT
|HIGH SUCCESS RATES
|IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
Shock wave is used in the treatment of:
- Plantar Fasiicitis
- Heel spurs
- Achillies tendonitis
- and other tendon issues.
After one 15-20 minute treatment with shockwave therapy the pain is commonly reduced for a 24 hour period. Treatment is required for 4-6 treatments with a week in-between each treatment to see real benefit of the treatment. This therapy allows the body to naturally heal the problem.
How shockwave therapy works:
THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY ARE WIDELY KNOWN. SCIENTISTS RECOGNIZE THAT SHOCKWAVES CAN TRIGGER A VARIETY OF EFFECTIVE ACTIONS
– RELEASES MORE 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 where pain occurs, we know why shockwaves produce an analgesic effect, increase blood circulation and facilitate 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 (Gate Control Theory).
For more information regarding shockwave therapy please contact our helpful staff on 02-6249-1758
Here is a general video on the use of shockwave therapy.