In the vast landscape of treatments, Shockwave and SoftWave therapies have emerged as revolutionary methods for pain management and tissue healing. SoftWave therapy is a special type of shockwave therapy that uses patented technology to provide better outcomes with fewer side effects. SoftWave therapy shares foundational principles with other shockwave treatments, but with varying applications and advantages, especially when diving into the specifics of the expected outcomes.
Understanding Shockwave Therapy & SoftWave Therapy
Shockwave and SoftWave therapies, though closely related, cater to varied needs, making it vital to understand their distinct characteristics and mechanisms.
What is ShockWave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy, a brainchild of the 1980s, utilizes high-energy acoustic waves to invigorate and expedite the body’s healing process. Fundamentally, its mechanism revolves around creating microtrauma, prompting increased blood circulation and metabolism in the affected area, which in turn accelerates recovery. Today, it stands as a beacon for treating a myriad of conditions, ranging from tendonitis to kidney stones. There are several different types of shockwave therapy:
- Focused Shockwave Therapy: As the name suggests, it directs energy in a concentrated manner onto a specific point, allowing for deep tissue penetration. This is especially beneficial for treating conditions that are embedded deep within the body.
- Radial Shockwave: Radial shockwaves, also known as radial pressure waves, are created via a pneumatic process, where a propelled object strikes a transmitter in a handpiece. This generates waves that expand outward from their source. Unlike genuine shockwaves, radial waves cannot concentrate energy on a specific spot. Instead, they disperse energy more widely, offering effective treatment for conditions nearer to the skin’s surface.
- Unfocused Shockwave Therapy: Unfocused shockwaves distribute energy over a larger and deeper tissue region. These shockwaves are commonly generated using techniques such as electrohydraulic methods, where an underwater electrical discharge creates a shockwave. Due to their broader energy dispersion, they find application in treating conditions that gain from a comprehensive therapeutic approach.
What is SoftWave Therapy?
SoftWave therapy is a specialized form of shockwave therapy renowned for its unique approach to addressing various conditions. The patented SoftWave therapy device produces low-intensity unfocused shock waves that penetrate a wider and deeper area of tissue (7cm x 12cm), compared to focused shock waves (1cm x 12cm) and radial waves (2cm x 2cm), which are not true shock waves. SoftWave is the only true unfocused shock wave treatment available today. Unlike traditional shockwave therapies, which may require anesthesia and could be associated with discomfort, SoftWave therapy harnesses the power of unfocused shockwaves to deliver effective treatment without causing significant pain or microtrauma.
During a SoftWave therapy session, low-intensity shockwaves are applied to the affected area, initiating a cascade of healing responses in the body. This innovative mechanism not only promotes tissue regeneration but also enhances blood flow and cellular activity, aiding in the recovery process. Unfocused shockwaves play a crucial role in SoftWave therapy’s success by treating larger and deeper tissue areas, thereby maximizing treatment area and therapeutic results.
SoftWave therapy can treat a variety of conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal issues, wound healing, and neuropathy, to promoting tissue regeneration in various body parts.