April 1, 2022
10 Benefits of Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic Wave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, was first developed and put into practice in the early 1980s. Since then, both further research and technological upgrades have led to exciting new applications for this therapy.
In this article, we’ll explain what acoustic wave therapy is, and outline the many different benefits of using it. We’ll also describe how it works, along with all the ways it can be easily modified, depending on the need.
How Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Work?
Using a handheld device, acoustic pressure waves are applied to a specific target area on the body. Depending on the purpose for treatment, the device is either moved in a grid-like pattern or in zigzags. The waves tear connective tissue in the body, forcing collagen production and initiating a deep healing process in the area that’s being treated.
It takes approximately 4 minutes to treat each area of the body AWT is being applied to, with no downtime afterwards. The amount of sessions needed for results varies, depending on the specific treatment.
The Health Benefits of Acoustic Wave Therapy
Initially developed to treat kidney stones, researchers began to notice an increase in bone density near the areas AWT was applied to. This led to breakthrough health benefits that are still being discovered, but include the following:
Reducing Pain and Chronic Inflammation
AWT has been shown to heal conditions like plantar fasciitis, (which occurs when repeated stress ruptures tissue around the heel) and tendinitis (which results from stress around any tissue connected to bone, but most commonly the ankles, shoulders, elbows and knees). In both cases, chronic inflammation leads to pain and limited mobility.
AWT greatly reduces this inflammation by breaking down and restoring the connective tissue. This can be accomplished in just a few sessions, clearing away pain and restoring mobility. It can also accomplish the same for nerve-related injuries like carpal-tunnel syndrome.
Improved Muscle Tone & Function
AWT has been utilized to restore muscle tone in cases of eating disorders or other conditions that lead to damaged muscle tissue and function. In addition, recent studies have also proven its ability to reduce muscle spasms – even after cases of stroke.
Increased Lymphatic Drainage
By focusing the device’s waves across the body’s lymphatic system (and especially into the nodes themselves), AWT can be used to promote lymphatic drainage – which balances circulation and strengthens the body’s natural immunity.
The Aesthetic Benefits of Acoustic Wave Therapy
In addition to reducing pain and healing chronic conditions, AWT has been gaining notoriety for its cosmetic and fitness-related benefits as well.
Smoother Skin and Less Cellulite
AWT doesn’t just tear through tissue and rebuild it, it also dissolves fat deposits under the skin’s surface. This means dramatically less visible cellulite and a smoother, slimmer overall appearance after only 6-12 treatments.
Reduced Stretch Marks and Scarring
By increasing collagen production in concentrated areas, AWT can greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Younger, fresher skin is restored to the surface.
Improved Skin Elasticity
The collagen growth that AWT promotes can do more than simply firm skin. It can also restore the natural movement and elasticity that’s often lost with age.
Here are just a few of the other purposes AWT can be used for:
- Balancing circulation
- Tightening loose skin
- Elimination of toxins
- Treating erectile dysfunction
In short, Acoustic Wave Therapy offers diverse benefits inside & out. Whether you’re managing chronic pain, recovering from injury, or looking to restore youth and vibrance to your skin, AWT could be exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact CORR today to learn more. A member of our staff will reach out shortly, and will be happy to discuss your options.