For people suffering from musculoskeletal pain or erectile dysfunction, acoustic wave therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment option that can repair damaged tissue. This treatment is also fairly affordable and easy to find, with many physical therapists being trained in its administration.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Acoustic Wave Therapy treats musculoskeletal pain in the muscles and joints. It is particularly effective for alleviating conditions like plantar fasciitis with heel spurs, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and arthritis.
The acoustic pulses released during a treatment session stimulate the body’s natural repair response in soft tissue deep below the skin. The sound waves break down areas of thickening and scar tissue, which cause inflammation and impair normal function. They also promote the growth of new blood vessels and stem cells, encouraging healing.
Unlike other treatments that simply mask pain, acoustic wave therapy heals the tissues in which it is applied. In addition, acoustic wave therapy is pain-free and non-invasive.
Besides accelerating the body’s natural healing processes, The Hartman Center mentioned that acoustic wave therapy enhances bone healing. It reduces pain through the breakdown of substance P, a neurotransmitter that relays pain messages to the brain and disperses myofascial adhesions that cause trigger point pain.
Increases Blood Flow
The mechanical energy of the acoustic waves breaks up the microplastic in your blood vessels and increases the diameter of your blood vessels. This allows your body to pump more oxygen-rich blood, which helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing. Acoustic shock waves also stimulate your stem cells to regenerate tissue, breaking up scars, fibrosis, and calcifications. They help re-adjust your cell-to-cell communication so that damaged tissues can repair themselves and create new healthy tissue. During an in-office treatment session, which lasts about 15-30 minutes, the practitioner uses an acoustic wave device to apply varying levels of frequency, energy, and pressure to the affected area of your body. This helps improve blood flow, increase oxygen supply to the area, break up soft-tissue calcifications, stimulate collagen synthesis, and more.
Stimulates Collagen Synthesis
The acoustic waves AWT creates penetrate the damaged tissue and stimulate the body’s natural regenerative process. The same regenerative process supports muscle healing, bone growth, and cell health. The acoustic wave energy is transmitted throughout the body and increases blood flow breaks up calcifications and nodules, encourages new growth of healthy tissue, stimulates the fibroblast and tenocyte cells that create our tendons and fascia, and decreases pain by decreasing the release of inflammatory mediators at the site of injury.
Unlike shockwave therapy, acoustic wave therapy does not cause thermal tightening and, therefore, is safer for deeper tissue issues like musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, erectile dysfunction, and tendonitis. It also has fewer side effects. Acoustic sound wave therapy is used for many conditions, including alopecia, erectile dysfunction (ED), cellulite reduction, and weight loss. It is also effective in treating scarring and stretch marks, improving the appearance of aging skin, and stimulating collagen production for a smoother complexion.
Acoustic Wave Therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing processes by encouraging cellular regeneration. It also promotes angiogenesis, a process by which the body creates new blood vessels. Additionally, it has anti-thermogenic properties, which help with tissue swelling. In the case of arthritis, acoustic wave therapy is particularly effective because it increases blood flow to the affected areas, which helps the body remove inflammatory byproducts. This results in decreased pain and stiffness.
AWT also encourages the proliferation of new muscle fibers, which can improve your mobility. Additionally, it breaks up soft tissue calcifications and enhances collagen synthesis to promote healing.
Originally designed to help break up kidney stones, acoustic wave therapy is a popular treatment for chronic back pain, osteoarthritis, athletic injuries, and erectile dysfunction (ED). The device sends bursts of sound waves into your body’s soft tissues to stimulate them. This causes them to vibrate and contract, which increases circulation and accelerates healing by delivering oxygen-rich blood to injured tissues.