What is SoftWave Therapy?
It is a treatment involving technology that applies short, frequent, and high intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of a shockwave) into soft-tissue that is injured, scarred, or contains adhesions, is painful, or inflamed.
What conditions can be treated with SoftWave?
SoftWave Therapy can successfully address acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries related to: knee, heel, foot, ankle, hamstring, back, pelvis, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. In addition, research has shown promising results in the area of sexual health, cosmetics, and wound healing.
How does SoftWave Therapy work?
An electrical discharge with a high level of energy occurs in water to produce soft waves. The positive and negative poles of an electrode's opposing tips are where the voltage is discharged. A plasma bubble is produced as a result of the voltage being equalized between the two electrode tips due to the arcing or spark gap. Within just a few nanoseconds, this bubble creates a pressure greater than 10 MPa, and scatters in all directions, compressing the water in its vicinity (10-9 ns).
Through parallel waves of low intensity, unfocused SoftWave energy is applied using a proprietary parabolic reflector applicator. Despite traveling 5 times as quickly (3355 mph) in water as it does in air (767 mph), electrohydraulic shock wave energy does not result in microtrauma. It is possible to apply energy to a sizable area of superficial and deep tissue using the SoftWave proprietary unfocused applicator design. This encourages a biological response to the target area, which starts the body's natural healing process.
Is SoftWave Therapy the same as Shockwave Therapy?
Kind of, but not quite. Everyday life is surrounded by shock waves. They are caused by pressure fluctuations that are violent, such as those caused by supersonic aircraft, explosions, lightning, earthquakes, or other natural occurrences. The wavefront, where compression occurs, is a region of abrupt and severe change in stress, density, and temperature, which distinguishes shock waves from sound waves. When the amplitude is increased, shock waves become faster than sound waves.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), often known as shockwave therapy, is a non-invasive procedure that involves sending shock waves to an injured location in an effort to speed up recovery. This procedure generates shock waves that are incredibly powerful at starting biological regeneration processes at the cellular level. Shockwave therapy is a type of treatment that uses technology to deliver quick, frequent, and high-intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of shockwaves) into sore or inflamed soft tissue.
SoftWave therapy, on the other hand, uses unfocused rather than focused, ESWT. It's a gentler form of shockwave therapy that doesn't result in trauma to the area, and has a larger zone of treatment. It's great for reducing lots of inflammation and stimulates healing.
Think you might benefit from SoftWave therapy? Give our team at Active Body Chiro-Care a call today!