Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT) | LiSWT | RPT
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What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT)?
ECSWT, also known as Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LiSWT), has been used successfully in Europe for over a decade for a variety of conditions, including heart disease, kidney stones and orthopedic conditions.
It is a non-invasive treatment that involves the delivery of shockwaves, essentially a pressure disturbance that propagates rapidly through a medium, to injured soft tissue. The shockwave will continue through the body until it hits something, such as scar tissue, the dense enough to release the energy contained, creating compression and shear loads which serve to break apart the tissue. This ultimately serves to reduce pain, increase range of motion, increase blood flow, release growth factors, and promote healing.
How does Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy work?
The technology works by accelerating a projectile in the handpiece which generates a mechanical pressure wave. This wave is transferred to the human body by an applicator head and which radiates out in the tissue. The mechanical energy is absorbed by the tissue and decreases as the distance from the application site increases. The mechanical stress causes cavitation resulting in reactions in the tissue, breaking up adhesions, releasing growth factors, and promoting quicker healing.
What are the benefits of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
The benefits of the therapy’s mechanical stimulation include increased local blood flow, cellular activity such as the release of substance P, prostaglandin E2, NO, TGF β, VEGF, and almost certainly other inflammatory cytokines, the breakdown of calcific deposits and adhesions, and finally relaxation of connective tissue.
Learn more from this policy paper published by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment for Musculoskeletal Conditions and Wound Healing
What may Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy treat?
ECSWT may help a variety of conditions, including treatment for soft tissue damage and chronic or acute pain within joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It has also been shown to be very effective in the treatment and breakup of scar tissue, which may increase range of motion to levels not experienced since prior to injury.
In addition, ECSWT has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite. When applied, the body responds to the soundwaves with increased metabolic activity in the form of lymphatic drainage and increased blood circulation, with the end result being an improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
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