Soft Wave Therapy
Soft Wave Therapy aka Shockwave Therapy is a therapy that uses Sound Waves sent through the body at a high speed. These Softwaves are Electro-Hydraulically (by means of Electricity through water) produced sound waves that exit the applicator at 3,355 miles per hour. The speed of the Sound Waves creates a Shearing force on a Cellular Level that helps break up Scar tissue and remove Oxidative Stress (Inflammation) that have built up around the Cell Membrane.
The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why Shock Wave Therapy is so effective. This tricks the body into thinking there is a new injury without damaging the tissue or a Macro Trauma and helps activate the Innate Healing response on a cellular level which in turn decreases Inflammation and Pain at the treatment site. Your brain reacts by sending Stem Cells to the area to repair damage. Stem cells are always dormant in the body and ready to go anywhere that they’re needed.
This technology is not new. It has been in the marketplace for over 14 years in Europe and just recently FDA cleared in the US in 2017. There are no known significant Negative Side Effects. The patented unfocused electrohydraulic design of the Soft Wave delivers measurable results: 100% atraumatic (non-damaging) to tissue and cells. Near-immediate pain relief in certain conditions, improved sustained blood flow and increased Range of Motion.
Stem Cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, Stem Cells divide to form more cells called Daughter Cells.
Research has proven or suggests that this Treatment stimulates your Own Stem Cells within 45 minutes of this treatment. Stem Cells are the Repairmen/women of our body which helps attract other Helper Cells that aide in the healing of our body naturally with out the use of Medication or Surgery.
These Repair and Helper Cells are then signaled to come out over the next few weeks, up to 12 weeks, to commence the healing process to the damaged tissue.
Soft Wave Therapy aka Shockwave Therapy can treat the Following Conditions:
- Musculoskeletal conditions,
- Degenerative conditions such as many forms of Arthritis
- Chronic pain.
- Skin Care (Sofwave is an FDA-cleared device for the non-invasive treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in aging skin.)
- Plantar Fasciitis*
- Achilles Tendinitis*
- Jumper’s Knee*
- Cuff Tendinitis*
- Erectile Dysfunction
More Specific Musculoskeltal
- Ankle Arthritis/Ankle Bursitis
- Bone Marrow Edema Syndrome
- Bone and Stress Fracture
- Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Pain & Cervical Arthritis
- Delayed Bone Healing
- Elbow Pain (Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Adductor Syndrome
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Hand Arthritis
- Hand Pain
- Hip Pain & Hip Arthritis
- Knee Pain
- Lumbar Pain
- Myofascial Syndrome
- Neuropathy of Foot
- Os Good Schlatter (Apopjysitis)
- Osteochondrosis Dissecans
- Patellar Tip Syndrome
- Peroneal Tendón Syndrome
- Pes Anserinus Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Regional Pain Syndrome
- S.I. Joint Pain
- Sciatic Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Pain
- Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
Shockwave Therapy can be a little painful.
Shockwave Therapy can have no sensation or it can feel like a light thump or tap to Normal Healed Tissue but may feel like a light painful hammer or vibration feeling to Inflammation, Sprain/Strain (Injured Tissue) or Scar Tissue. The reason that Softwave Therapy is a little painful is that shock waves cause micro-traumas and bursting of microtissues (bone, tendons, and muscles) in order to generate blood flow and stimulate cell regeneration. Then, both traumas and recovering tissues might be responsible for the engendered pain.
Patients often feel two different stages of shockwave therapy results. The initial results feel like a numbing sensation around your treated area. This is a temporary effect, meaning the pain will be dulled.
Each Treatment Session lasts for 5-10 minutes.
You should experience immediate results within minutes after your First Treatment or within 1 week following the treatment and longer with more complicated chronic cases. However, the Collagen Regeneration process can sometimes take up to 12 weeks, so patients are expected to see ongoing improvements in 3 months after their treatment.
On Average, you will only need 1-2 treatments of SoftWave to initiate the regenerative process of tightening and collagen-building. Results are gradual, and the full effect of your treatment will build over 3 to 6 months.
About 8 to 12 weeks after treatment, you can expect to experience the greatest degree of results, namely freedom from chronic pain that interferes with your mobility and your overall wellbeing in your daily life.
There are minimal Side Effects from Softwave Therapy such as mild bruising, swelling, pain, numbness or tingling in the treated area, and the recovery is minimal compared with that of surgical intervention. “Most patients take a day or two off after treatment but don’t require a prolonged recovery period.
General Recommended Treatment Protocol is to perform the first two treatments in the First Week, the next two treatments in the Second Week and treatments 5 and 6 performed once a week.
Post Treatment Care
Over the Next 24 hours you should experience the most decrease in Pain and Swelling, as well as an Increase in your Range of motion and Blood Circulation. Remember you are not healed yet! You did not injure your self over night and therefore you will not heal over night!
The True Healing will be 8-12 weeks from your First Treatment when the maximum amount of Stem Cells have been produced and migrated to the treated area.
Please do not Ice or take any Advil, Ibuprofen or Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Painkiller as they may negate or interrupt the Stem Cell Healing process and stop or reduce the amount of Stem Cells in the injured area and could render your Treatments as useless. Please Rest for the next 48 hours before your next Treatment Session.
Do not Exercise or do any Rigorous Activity where you can hurt your self for the next 48 hours. You might feel great but Remember you are not Healed yet!
We just ignited the healing process and we want your body to work on that instead of working on additional stress to the treated area. You should avoid high impact exercise such as running or playing tennis for the first 48 hours after treatment.
Inform patients to continue previously prescribed therapies such as stretching, and Physical Therapy.
Drink alot of Water!
Inform patients that they may be tired after a SoftWave treatment. Inform patients that they may experience mild soreness or stiffness during the next 48 hours. This is normal.
Inform patients that they may experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area for several days after therapy. This is good.
Remind patients to wait a full 12 weeks after their last treatment to evaluate outcomes as the biologic response and stem cell remodeling can be active up to 12 weeks which varies upon the patients age.
Significant reduction of pain typically lasts from 4 to 7 days after the First Treatment, 14 to 21 days after the Second Treatment and is virtually gone after the Third Treatment in the majority of cases.
Benefits of Soft Ware Therapy
There are no known significant negative side effects.
- Decrease Pain, sometimes immediate decrease in Pain
- Decrease Inflammation
- Break down Fibrous Scar Tissue
- Rapid Increase Blood Circulation
- Stimulate Cell Regeneration
- Decrease Neuropathies
- Strengthen Muscles and Tendons
- Increase Range of Motion and Mobility
- Non Pharmaceutical Option
- Non Surgical Option
- Non Invasive, No Needles and No Surgery
- Short 10 Minute Treatment Times
- Minimal Side Effects and No Severe Side Effects
- Improve Mood
- Faster Recovery Time
- Cheaper than Stem Cell Injections (5-8K),
- Cheaper than Pain Medication (Forever for Chronic Conditions),
- Cheaper than other Alternative Therapies ($$) and
- Cheaper than Surgery ($$$$)