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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (Shockwave Therapy) is a relatively new technology in the United States but has been used in Europe for many years. Shockwave Therapy Is an effective treatment focused on targeting the soft tissues affected by acute or chronic pain using acoustic waves. Utilizing acoustic pressure, it manipulates the targeted soft tissues in a precise spot giving a deep tissue procedure that directly targets at greater depths, without injuring the skin or superficial structures. Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (Shockwave Therapy) can lead to improved circulation, pain reduction and healthy tissue remodeling in bone, tendon, and ligaments. Shockwave Therapy is for those who are dealing with Myofascial (AKA muskuloskeletal) pain syndrome. Disorders in the presence of myofascial trigger points that form abnormal tissue underneath the skin cause an increase in tension, lack of flexibility and increased pain. Shockwave Therapy helps to precisely identify these types of fibrotic changes and can help rehabilitate the muscle back to its original healthy state and restore motion by effectively targeting and treating them. 

How can Shockwave Therapy help? 

The musculoskeletal system is a highly complex process involving numerous muscle groups that are perfectly synchronized to one another creating one unit. When a person develops pain in a specific area, the “creating one unit” of muscle groups makes it difficult to define or identify the actual originating source. Assuming that the primary issue arises at the site of pain is a common mistake. Conventional pain treatments are often ineffective and fail when they focus on treating the symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause. 

Shockwave Therapy moves away from that common misconception and helps to locate the actual source of the problem. By using the acoustic waves directed at trigger points, they are able to reproduce the referred pain(a pain that is portrayed to be in a different location than the injury) and can therefore be used to determine exactly where the injury originated. The most common conditions treated with Shockwave Therapy are hip/leg pain, overuse of stress injury, knee pain, MCL injury, back/neck pain, Achilles tendonitis, muscular strain, muscular adhesions, tennis/golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, or swimming shoulder.

Basic Treatment 

With this unique technology, medical professionals can reduce pain and heal the human body successfully without having to resort to drugs or surgery. The Piezowave 2 directly focuses on reaching deep into the tissue and joints that can’t be reached by hand or other conventional sources by using short and strong pulsed waves that travel at the speed of sound (Mach 1).  The Piezowave 2 machine, unlike other shockwave machines, can adjust the intensity, frequency and depth of the shockwave waves according to your symptoms, making treatment more comfortable, and less painful thereby providing the ideal level of therapeutic benefit. 

Treatment starts by applying a small amount of coupling gel to the surface of the skin to help translate the waves through the superficial layers and into the deeper targeted area. The beginning of the treatment will start at a lower output setting, and the provider will slowly increase the intensity of the waves to the appropriate level to best suit your condition.  It is important to communicate back and forth during your treatment.  We don’t want to add additional pain due to the intensity of the waves from the Piezowave 2. Shockwave Therapy is intended to work with your body, not against it. Through the application of focused energy, the inflammatory and repair responses of the natural body are activated and sped up. Responding to this physical stress, the cells release their own healing agents, which leads to the body repairing and eventually healing itself. 

The length of the treatment varies depending on the complexity and size of the pain area that we are treating. There is no set time period for the Piezowave 2 machine, rather it is determined by the number of pulses needed to treat the area. In one treatment session, about 2,000 to 3,000 pulse waves are sent into the target area in a relatively brief period of time. Commonly 3-6 sessions are administered for maximum benefit.

Post-Treatment Care

It is important with this treatment as with most others that you become actively involved in your recovery. We will encourage you to follow our recommendations which will assist to facilitate more long lasting relief. These may include exercise, moist heat and other modalities. When patients participate in their recovery we have seen more rapid results and long term benefit. There is a success rate of 65% to 95% reported by a vast majority of studies. After treatment care, early relief of symptoms will start to take place. The body’s own healing processes are set in motion and a return to full activity should not happen immediately even if there is a rapid improvement.  It will be important to avoid activities that irritate the area of injury for several weeks post treatment. You may experience some minor aches or discomfort after treatment, but these should be short lived and resolve quickly. 

Schedule An Appointment 

Let’s get you started on your first Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy, with the best chiropractors in Boulder. With over 35+ years of experience on our staff, serving over 15,000 patients, and hundreds of 5-star reviews. Thanks to our amazing website, it’s as easy as clicking on “Schedule Now” by filling out a couple of questions, and we will reach out to you! 

For more information about Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy contact our office at  (303) 499-4500 or Schedule your appointment today with our experienced staff. 

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Malana L.

I've been seeing Dr. Cahn for over 3 years now and love that he is relaxed, genuine, and personal.  He has helped resolve issues with my neck, low back, and hip. I go in for the treatment, but it's probably the great conversations we have that keep me coming back!

Mike D.

Dr. Guzik is awesome. He's knowledgeable, affable, and passionate about wellness. He has a natural, easygoing way with patients that will put you right at ease. I have only great things to say about this practice and Dr. Guzik!

Amy M.

Both Dr. Cahn and Dr. Guzik are highly knowledgeable and skilled in providing excellent care to their patients. They were instrumental in getting me through an injury to be able to compete competitively in triathlon this season. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing high level chiropractic care!

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