Tissue Regeneration With SoftWave Therapy
by Dr. Tim Fargo, Chiropractor
Over recent years there has been increasing attention given, both in the media and healthcare realms, to various regenerative technologies. We hear about PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and stem cell injections as examples of effective methods of helping to regenerate tissue that has become damaged. We hear about these interventions in the context of patients who have degenerative arthritis in their knees, ankles, shoulders, etc. These technologies work to varying degrees under certain specific circumstances. They are also invasive since they require injection into the affected joint, and they can also be pretty expensive. At Chiropractic Health and Wellness we are now introducing a tissue regeneration technology that is noninvasive, effective, and less expensive than the alternatives.
This technology is known as SoftWave TRT (Tissue Regeneration Technology”. The SoftWave device produces a high-intensity, intermittent, mechanical shockwave that provokes a healing response in the tissue to which it is applied. The device has its origins with an earlier technology known as lithotripsy, which was used to break up kidney stones. Lithotripsy was developed in Germany in the 1980s and is still in use today throughout the world. The SoftWave device evolved out of this earlier technology and produces an unfocused beam of shockwave energy that penetrates deeply into the tissue. There is only minimal discomfort with the procedure and many people report significant reduction in pain and increased mobility immediately after treatment.
SoftWave creates the following biological effects:
- Reduces pain and modulates inflammation.
- Increases blood flow to the injured tissue and eventually re-vascularizes (promotes the growth of new blood vessels).
- Increases mobility of damaged joints and other tissue.
- Clears away old, inactive, and defective cells.
- Activates stem cells that are resident in the injured area.
- Stimulates the migration of stem cells from other parts of the body to the tissue being treated.
- Promotes long-term healing.
- Creates an antibacterial effect which can reduce the risk of infection in injured and weakened tissue.
Most people feel improvement almost immediately. While the short-term improvements are impressive, the greater return happens over a couple months. The typical treatment protocol involves 10 visits over an eight-week time period, two times per week for two weeks and then one time per week for six weeks thereafter.
The conditions that respond well to SoftWave TRT are things like:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendinitis of all sorts including Achilles, rotator cuff, elbow, etc.
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck pain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Sports injuries
If you or a member of your family, or friend is suffering from any of the above conditions and have become frustrated in your ability to heal, then give SoftWave a try. We do “discovery” visits wherein, for a small fee, you can experience what a treatment is like and “discover” where the injured tissue is and whether you will have a good response to this therapy. We look forward to helping you with this new and exciting technology.