Therapeutic Effects of SoftWave Therapy
- Pain relief – analgesic effect Anti-inflammatory action:
- Lowers the pro-inflammatory immune response
- Decreases cellular apoptosis and reduces necrosis
- Antibacterial effect in the treatment of infections Induces the expression of endogenous growth factors
- Angiogenesis; improved vascularity and blood circulation, tissue supply
- Ossification; formation of new bone tissue
- Stimulates natural anabolic and growth functions in all kinds
(skin, bones, cartilage, smooth & striated muscles, nerves…)
- Activation of stem cells; metabolism ↑, proliferation ↑, migration ↑, differentiation ↑
- Tissue remodeling and regeneration!
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EWST), is a non-invasive treatment that involves the delivery of shock waves to an injured area to promote healing. This treatment produces highly effective shock waves that initiate biological regeneration processes at the cellular level.
Treatment involving technology that applies short, frequent, and high intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of a shockwave) into soft-tissue that is injured, scarred, or contains adhesions, is painful, or inflamed.
Mechanotransduction Mechanism with 3 Phases:
Generates a large positive pressure wave followed by
a negative pressure wave.
Mechanical stimulus leads to biochemical reactions. Biomolecules are release and cell signaling is activated.
Angiogenesis, inflammatory modulation, stimulation of tissue regeneration.
Change at the cellular level to initiate healing
Fluorescent stained mitochondria before and after unfocused shock wave
Angiogenesis changes before an
TRIGGERING BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES
The angiogenic effect of shockwave treatment is probably the most extensively described issue in shockwave science.
The induction of vessel sprouting has been reported in wounds, bone, muscle, heart, and skin.
Tepeköylü C et al, Shockwave treatment induces angiogenesis and mobilizes endogenous CD31/CD34-positive endothelial cells in a hindlimb ischemia model: implications for angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Oct;146(4):971-8.
Shock wave therapy isn’t new.