Physical effects of Radial Pressure Waves
Radial pressure waves offer a non invasive treatment solution for long term insertion and soft tissue pathologies. Local treatment of the affected area will
enhance and reset the healing pattern. Today there are several working hypothesis for the physical effects of radial pressure waves:
Pain reduction: The patient experiences a reduction of pain, explained by the Gate Control theory. Intensive pulses from the transmitter into the tissue, create a
strong nociceptor activation of the A-β fibers, which affect interneurons that inhibit the transmission of the pain signals.
Increased metabolism: Shockwaves influence the tissue on a cellular level. The chemical environment of the cells is affected by free radicals promoting the
release of pain and inflammatory inhibiting substances.
Revascularisation: Repeated shockwaves to the affected area create a revascularisation effect, with the new blood flow in the area promoting tissue healing and
Reduced muscle tone: The “vicious circle”, as well as the strong pathological association between pain and muscle tone, will be broken and lead to restoring a
normalised muscular tone.