SoftWave Therapy is an effective approach to healing the human body using acoustic waves to stimulate your body's natural processes for self repair.
This technology is not new. It has been in the marketplace for over 14 years in Europe and just recently FDA cleared in the US. There are no known significant negative side effects.
Inside of the applicator head, SoftWaves are created through the use of an electrode contained within a soft latex dome filled with water. When charged with electricity, the electrode creates a spark under the water. This spark creates a hot bubble of gas that expands into the surrounding water and produces the SoftWave that travels out of the applicator and into the affected area being treated. These high energy acoustic waves penetrate deep into damaged tissue resulting in increased mobility and significant reduction, if not complete elimination of inflammation and pain in just the first treatment.
Additionally, electrohydraulic shockwaves have proven to have a 300ʣ increase in small, medium and large blood vessels within 12 weeks following the first treatment. More importantly, these high energy acoustic waves cause cellular walls to become permeable allowing exosomes to escape into the interstitial tissue mimicking cellular injury which triggers the migration of your body's own stem cells to the area for sustained long-term healing over a 12 week period following the last treatment.
The 3 primary bullet points of what this machine does Musculoskeletal wise are:
1) Turns off pain receptors in 90% of patients. Causing immediate relieve of pain, increase range of motion, decreased inflammation and swelling.
2) Activates the connective tissue and stem cells to promote healing
3) Causes angiogenesis to increase circulation
Producing highly effective shock waves that initiate biological regeneration processes at the cellular level
SoftWaves are created by means of a high-energy electrical discharge in water. The voltage is discharged between the opposing tips (plus and minus pole) of an electrode. The arcing or spark gap causes an equalization of voltage between the two tips of the electrode whereby a hot plasma bubble is created. This bubble explodes in all directions, compresses the surrounding water, and generates a pressure > 10 MPa within only a few nanoseconds (10-9 ns).
SoftWave low intensity, unfocused energy is delivered via our patented parabolic reflector applicator in the form of parallel waves. SoftWave technology offers the ONLY UNFOCUSED SHOCK WAVE on the market. Despite this electrohydraulic shock wave energy in water traveling 5 times faster (3355mph) than in air (767 mph), it does not cause microtrauma.
The SoftWave patented unfocused applicator design makes it possible to spread energy to a large area of both superficial and deep tissue soliciting a biological response to the target area to initiate the body’s natural healing process.
Shock waves are acoustic pulses with high positive pressure, fast and steep rise time followed by comparatively small negative pressure (tensile wave).
Radial pressure waves are acoustic pneumatic pulses with a low steeping effect, slow rise time with comparatively large negative pressure (tensile wave).
The waves are shallow and have the highest energy and pressure located directly at the applicator’s surface.
Shock wave is NOT ultrasound
Ultrasound waves are periodic oscillations with narrow bandwidth and does not have peak pressure and fast rise times.