Piezo wave Trigger point shock wave therapy
is a successful treatment for chronic pain in the region of muscles, tendons and bones.
Therapy right on the spot with TPST The cause of the pain is often not to be found only in the local area of the pain itself but in distant trigger points in the corresponding muscle group.
Trigger points are thickened, sensitive points within a locally tense muscle. They can cause a wide range of pain even well away from their own location. They are not only painful, the area in which they are located is also often liable to muscular lesions such as strains, tears and other injuries. With the new piezoelectric focused shock wave source from Richard Wolf, trigger points are localised exactly and accurately treated. The Wolf PiezoWave is ideal for trigger point shock wave therapy (TPST).
It allows precise adaptation of the depth of penetration, intensity and pulse frequency of the shock waves to suit the indications at hand. To allow treatment, the trigger points can be found and located with the focus point. The variable depth of penetration allows trigger points to be located and treated even in deep muscle. This feature of the treatment means maximum efficiency
Patients’ questions on shock wave therapy What are focused shock waves?
These are bundled ultrasound waves that produce a high peak pressure at their focus. What is a trigger point? Trigger points (TrPs) are local shortenings in the muscle that can cause referred pain in the muscles in zones that are typical for each particular muscle. How does a focused shock wave affect trigger points? Ultrasound waves are coupled into the body through the skin and bundled to focus on the trigger points. The maximum energy density (at the focus) is applied only to the trigger point which means that the tissue layers in the path to the trigger point are unaffected. The therapeutic effects are: • Alleviation of pain • Muscle relaxation • Promotion of better circulation • Stimulation of tissue
What are the advantages of direct trigger point shock wave therapy (TPST) compared with other methods?
This method allows the myofascial trigger points in the superficial and deep muscle layers to be localized and treated directly. The focus area is placed precisely in the relevant muscle layer. There are no side effects caused by lesions in the surrounding tissue layers in contrast to other forms of therapy (compression techniques, injections etc.).
Free of pain thanks to focused shock waves
Is the treatment painful? The intensity of the treatment is decided by the feedback from the patient to the therapist, treatment is therefore as painful as the patient makes it. What is so special about direct trigger point shock wave therapy? The focused shock wave combines the advantage of precise localisation of the myofascial trigger points in the tissue layer with the possibility of precise, focused treatment. Active and latent trigger points are diagnosed and treated in the same examination session. This form of therapy has practically no side effects. When is direct trigger point shock wave therapy used? Direct trigger point shock wave therapy can be used for most disorders of the musculoskeletal system in which pain is the main symptom. Very often, pain for which no obvious cause can be found in medical examinations can also be related to myofascial trigger points. These pains can be well diagnosed and treated with directly focused TPST. Thorough knowledge of the myofascial pain syndrome gained in special courses is a prerequisite for this specific treatment method. How long does treatment take? Treatment with the trigger point shock wave therapy takes between 10 and 20 minutes. Generally, there are 1 or 2 treatments a week. Between 3 and 5 treatments are normally necessary before long-term improvement is achieved. With acute pain, a single session is often successful. Are there any known side effects of TPST? There are no known side effects of the energy levels used in direct trigger point shock wave therapy
Advantages of TPST Fast alleviation of pain Improved mobility Particularly patient-friendly treatment Effective without medication Outpatient treatment Short therapy times approx. 10-20 minutes.