SHOCK WAVE THERAPY
The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue. Scar tissue is a non-elastic tissue that builds up over time and will limit the movement and functions of the joint, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it.
Other than helping to reduce swelling and relieve pain, shock wave therapy is effective for:
Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Believe it or not, research has shown that shockwave therapy works the same way as us eating red chilli peppers! Bite on a chilli pepper and your mouth will start feeling like it’s on fire, followed by a tingling numbness.
To give you a better idea, in the human body, C nerve fibers will release a specific substance called ‘substance P’ which is responsible for transmitting pain. When shockwave therapy is activated at the very beginning, the C nerve fibers will release substance P, however, after a certain period the nerve fibers will become incapacitated and thus release a lower quantity of substance P which will reduce the overall pain in the area (hence the reference to numbness!). Reduction in substance P can also cause a declination of neurogenic inflammation and lead to faster healing by activating stem cells in the treated tissue.