Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive treatment that is used to treat pain in the muscles, tendons, or joints.
ESWT involves the use of high-energy acoustic sound waves to target the tissue at varying depths. In doing so, the tissue is able to be compressed and manipulated, resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage that can lead to increased circulation and pain relief.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy refers to the treatment of myofascial trigger points, or “knots,” that are found in the muscles and fascia. These trigger points are painful, tense areas that can be found anywhere in the body and play a significant role in causing musculoskeletal pain.
The PiezoWave 2, combines orthopedic applications of ESWT with the applications of myofascial trigger point, which are highly efficient, non-surgical treatments for chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system.
ESWT offers a significant expansion of the range of applications for myofascial pain syndrome. The extracorporeal, focused shock wave allows precise diagnosis and therapy of active and latent trigger points that are thickened, pain-sensitive points within a usually tense muscle.
How it Works
The PiezoWave2 delivers mechanical energy in the form of sound waves to target tissue, including tenocytes in tendons, fibroblasts in ligaments and skin, osteocytes in bone, chondrocytes in articular cartilage, and endothelial cells in blood vessels, which are all highly responsive to mechanical energy. The PiezoWave2 then localizes trigger points, delivering highly focused acoustic pulses that penetrate precisely to the desired depth. Penetration depths of between 0.5mm and 3 cm are possible, depending on the therapy source. This facilitates cellular repair by increasing blood flow and reducing pain.