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How does Radial Shockwave Therapy work?

Muscular pain affects millions of people every day. For some people this type of pain is a nuisance, but for many people it is physically debilitating – reducing their quality of life and limiting their ability to enjoy activities with family and friends. Shockwave Therapy has helped many people relieve their muscular pain and return a higher level of comfort to their daily activities.

The enPuls device delivers mechanical energy into the target tissue. This energy will increase circulation and treat muscle aches and pain in the treated area. It also affects the tissue tone in a positive way making your clinicians other therapies more effective.

Your chronic pain may be related to scar tissue and adhesions formed either in soft tissue or tendon/ligament post injury. A treatment with the enPuls effectively presses the reset button on chronic scarred and hard-to-treat soft tissue.  Scar tissue or adhesions in many cases adheres to and puts pressure on nerves, which can result in pain. By breaking up the scarring adhesions, the treatment helps take the pressure off the nerve and increases circulation to the area, which helps the body heal itself more efficiently. This will help increase range of motion.

Treatment is ideal for those who suffer from:

  • Chronic muscular back pain
  • Neck and anterior shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Achilles tendon or foot pain
  • Limited range of motion due to scar tissue

What should I expect during treatment?

Shockwave Therapy creates a mechanical stress that may cause mild discomfort during treatment. Depending on the desired depth of penetration, varying amounts of energy may be utilized to create the desired effect and some soreness may be experienced post-treatment.

What is the duration of pain relief after treatment?

Most patients report some pain relief after the first treatment. However, the effects are most prominent following the second or third treatment. Your clinician will be able to help you through this process, as every patient may respond differently.

How many treatments are required?

The normal number of treatments for most conditions is three to four, but certain conditions may require up to a maximum of nine treatments. Four to ten days between treatments is recommended so the body can recover naturally. If the maximum of nine treatments is required, it is recommended to wait four to six weeks before the next treatment to the same area of the body.

Is it ok to play sports or continue normal physical exercise after Shockwave Therapy?

Physical exercise promotes metabolism and the restructuring processes in the tissue. It is normal to continue your physical activities within guidelines set by your health care provider.