Shockwave Therapy in Evergreen
Health and Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center uses EPAT Therapy, also known as Shockwave Therapy in Evergreen as a part of a whole-patient approach to improving patient health and well-being. Officially called EPAT, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment option that relieves pain associated with many musculoskeletal conditions like frozen shoulder and plantar fasciitis. The treatment uses acoustic pressure waves- basically shock waves- to enhance blood circulation and speed up the healing process.
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The acoustic pressure waves can penetrate deeper into the body than massage and other therapies to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms to the injured area. It triggers your own regenerative cells to come to the area and heal the tissue. It enhances vascularization and nerve regeneration as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your team at Health and Harmony will discuss your symptoms with you and locate the source of pain. They will then mark the area intended for the EPAT Therapy. A gel is applied to optimize the contact between the application device and your skin. The handpiece delivers pulsations to the pain area for a number of prescribed pulses, depending on the condition. The intensity of the pulses is controlled and can be adjusted by the technician. You can expect the treatment to be completed in ten minutes or less.
There is no downtime after your Shockwave treatment. You can resume your normal activity and exercise that day.
Success Rates: 90% improvement was recorded for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) by the Journal of Orthopedic Research (2005). The same publication quotes a 77% success rate when treating Tennis Elbow with Radial Shockwave Therapy and other clinical studies have generally reported a success rate in excess of 75%. Nice (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) provided evidence to the NHS: NICE evidence for Shockwave.
Shockwave Therapy is FDA cleared for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and connective tissue disorders; there are no known risks or complications.
Shockwave therapy is an elective pay modality and is not covered by insurance.
Shockwave Therapy is not recommended for patients on blood thinners, those with malignancies, and those who are pregnant.
Shockwave treatment is often performed once a week for a period of 3-6 weeks, depending on Chronicity of the problem.
Patients may begin to see improvement right away. More significant improvement often occurs 4-12 weeks after the last treatment.