Shockwave therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that involves the delivery of shock waves to your injured tissue to reduce pain and stimulate healing. BIOS Institute uses a shockwave therapy machine, the system transmits energy to the applicator that generates shockwaves. Make an appointment to come to BIOS Wellness in Sacramento, California to experience this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool today.
What is Shockwave Therapy
Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ECST), shockwave therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that involves the delivery of shock waves to your injured tissue to break up scar tissue and stimulate healing. It can also be referred to as Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT).
Using a shockwave therapy machine, the system transmits energy to the applicator that generates shockwaves. Your therapist can adjust the frequency and pressure of those waves, depending on your condition.
How Shockwave Visibly Transforms Skin?
Reduces scars tissue
Improves the appearance of cellulite
Helps remove stretch marks
Can Shockwave be combined with Orthobiologics like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) OR Bone Marrow Concentrate?
To further increase the efficacy of shockwave, many physicians will also combine EPAT technology with additional non-invasive solutions like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and ultrasound imaging. Be sure to ask your physician about his or her treatment approach.
Exploring the Type of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
Some biological effects produced by shockwaves include regenerative changes at a cellular, tissue, and organ level. The two primary forms of shockwave are focused shock wave therapy and radial pressure wave therapy.
A focused shockwave initially produces a wide field of pressure wave, which becomes focused as it reaches a targeted depth and area within the body (the focus area). In the devices specifically for clinical use, there are three categories of focused shockwave, including electrohydraulic, electromagnetic, and piezoelectric.
By comparison, the radial device produces pressure waves where the force is exerted with maximum pressure at the applicator and weakens as waves travel deeper. Radial pressure waves are known for generating lower peak pressures.
The effectiveness of radial pressure wave vs. focused shockwave has been well studied for conditions including tendinopathy and spasticity. And both forms have been found efficacious and appropriate, but differences may result in varying outcomes for a specific condition. Results suggest that both forms of shockwave therapy are beneficial, but differences in effects may result in varying outcomes for a given condition.
Mechanisms of Action
Multiple clinical studies have shown ESWT effective in treating skin and dermatological conditions, but the exact mechanisms remain unclear. Proposed cellular mechanisms of action for extracorporeal shockwave therapy include:
- Increased collagen synthesis
- Cellular proliferation and wound healing
- Pain reduction
- Decrease in soft tissue calcifications
- Reduction of inflammation