The center in Obolon conducts comprehensive courses of treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adults with the help of physical therapy and massage. Recently, the latest device for shock wave therapy (SWT) was added to the complex.
Shock wave therapy is a multidisciplinary method used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology. The main benefits of SWT sessions are rapid pain relief and recovery of mobility.
However, it is a non-surgical therapy that does not require painkillers, which makes it as convenient as possible for rapid recovery and treatment of many symptoms that cause acute or chronic pain.
HOW THE THERAPY IS CARRIED OUT:
Shock wave therapy is a non-invasive method (does not require mechanical penetration through the skin), completely painless. It consists of 3 simple stages:
1. Begin therapy with a doctor’s consultation, which will determine the area of pain, which will later be directed to the action of SWT.
2. Applying the gel A sufficient amount of gel is applied to the area identified in the first stage. The use of gel is necessary for efficient transmission of acoustic waves.
3. The beginning of therapy The SWT applicator is lightly pressed against the treated area and turned on.
The number of sessions is recommended for the course from 3 to 5. But, even after the first session, you can feel the effectiveness of SWT.
– Restoration of blood vessels
Ensuring a stable blood supply of nutrients is necessary to support the recovery of damaged tissue structure. The use of acoustic waves creates microdamages at the capillary level of the tendon or bone. Due to microcracks, growth factors are significantly stimulated. As a result of these processes, arterioles are processed, stimulated to grow and new ones are formed. The new blood vessels improve the blood supply and oxygenation of the area and support the rapid recovery of both tendons and bones.
– Removal of chronic inflammation
Chronic inflammation occurs when inflammatory reactions are not completely stopped, which can damage healthy tissue and lead to chronic pain. Mast cells are one of the key components in the regulation of the inflammatory process. Their activity can be increased by acoustic waves. Activation of fat cells is accompanied by the production of chemokines and cytokines – anti-inflammatory compounds that first enhance the inflammatory process, and at the next stage help to restore normal healing and regeneration.
– Stimulation of collagen production
The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary prerequisite for the recovery processes of damaged musculoskeletal and ligament structures. Shock wave therapy accelerates the synthesis of procollagen. The therapy rebuilds the newly formed collagen fibers into a longitudinal structure, which makes the tendon fibers denser and stiffer, creating a stronger structure.
– Dissolution of calcified fibroblasts
The increase in calcium salts is often the result of microfractures or other tendon injuries. Acoustic waves break the existing calcifications. Shock wave therapy triggers a biochemical decalcification that resembles brushing and treats tendons. Subsequently, granular calcium particles are removed by the lymphatic system.
– Cleaning of trigger points (pain cells)
Trigger points are the main cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulders and limbs. They are associated with palpable nodules in the stretched bands of muscle fibers and have extremely shortened sarcomeres. Non-functional sarcomeres are compressed so tightly that they begin to cut off their own blood supply. This leads to the accumulation of residues of micronutrient metabolism. The accumulation of residues irritates the sensitive nerve endings, leading to even greater contraction. This cycle is called a “metabolic crisis”.
The mechanism of action of SWT in such cases is that the acoustic energy unlocks the calcium “pump” and, thus, converts metabolic crises in myofilaments and removes trigger points.
HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?
A shock wave is an acoustic wave that, using high energy, affects the trigger (pain) cells of musculoskeletal tissues in subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions.
Energy promotes the regeneration and repair of bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
Kinetic energy is created by compressed air, which is transmitted through the capillary of the transmitter to the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
We are waiting for you for a consultation at: Street M. Malinowski, 12, metro “Obolon”.
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