Acoustic Compression Therapy in Michigan
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), often referred to as Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT), uses acoustic pulses to treat musculoskeletal chronic and acute pain conditions. Acoustic waves are short, intense acoustic energy waves that are generated outside of the body. These waves are then focused onto the points where pain originates, deep within soft tissue. When the waves hit cells, they result in mechanic stress that stimulates the healing process.
The History of Well Wave Therapy
Since the early 1990s, acoustic wave therapy, also known as acoustic compression therapy, has been used to treat chronic pain effectively. The science behind this treatment is similar to that of lithotripsy, which uses acoustic waves to break up problematic kidney stones without the need for surgery. Individuals who had lithotripsy found that the treatment reduced unrelated pain, which led to further studies on acoustic waves. Now researchers have developed specialized machines to use acoustic waves on other areas of the body to reduce pain and inflammation.
How Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Work?
First, this technology works by relieving chronic inflammation. Inflammation often results in damage to healthy areas of the body, causing chronic pain. Pervasive acoustic waves may increase the activity of mast cells, reducing inflammation. Tissue repair also requires plenty of collagen, and well wave therapy helps to speed up procollagen synthesis, ensuring that the body has enough collagen to repair tissues. By stimulating collagen production and reversing chronic inflammation, this therapy often results in pain relief and faster healing times.
Studies show that not only is this therapy effective, it’s also safe for patients. Researchers have found that between 65-95% of patients see a reduction in pain after this therapy. Of course, the effectiveness of this therapy depends on a patient’s adherence to the treatment prescribed.
Acoustic wave therapy for pain offers a number of excellent benefits to patients, including:
- Pain relief without the need of medications
- Relaxation of muscles
- Non-invasive way to treat pain
- Multiple applications for this therapy
- Tissue stimulation
- Effective and safe treatment option
- Treatment cycles are short
What Conditions Can Be Treated with a Well Wave Machine?
This therapy is effective at treating multiple conditions resulting in chronic pain. Some of the conditions that have been effectively treated with acoustic wave therapy include:
- Shoulder pain
- Golfer/tennis elbow
- Pain caused by repetitive stress injuries
- Heel and foot pain
- Trigger points
- Back and neck pain
- Hip, leg, and knee pain
Give our office a call at (248) 645-6070 or Request an Appointment with us to learn more about how acoustic wave therapy can treat your pain today.