After only 2 or 3 sessions, over 80% of patients indicate a significant pain reduction. Another 1-2 sessions may be required depending on the patients progress.
The Doctor localizes the pain region by palpation. A skin gel is then applied to the treatment area to allow the shock waves to be introduced into the body without any loss of energy. After these preparations, the applicator is moved over the pain region in a circular motion.
The therapy session takes between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. In general, an average of 2 to 3 therapy sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
Shock waves – Facts and Features
Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. They occur in the atmosphere, for example during lightning strikes, or when airplanes break through the sound barrier.
In the medical world, shock waves have been employed since around 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones. In modern pain therapy shock wave energy is applied over the painful region, where it unfolds its healing capacities.
The Action of Shock Waves
Shock waves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers. They stimulate the bodies metabolism and promotes re-vascularization to the damaged tissue. This action enhances the healing process.