Marin Spine and Sports is happy to provide Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) to Marin County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We offer Shockwave therapy as a highly effective modality for the treatment of neuromuscular disorders and injuries while being non-invasive. Approved by the FDA, Shockwave Therapy has been used in Europe for over 25 years.
This highly effective technology produces high frequency sound waves which initiate the body’s own reparative reaction enhancing neovascularization and collagen production.
How Shockwave Therapy Works
The application of shockwave therapy creates capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone increasing growth indicators; eNOS, BMP, PCNA, and VEGF.
This stimulates the growth and remodeling of new arterioles. The new blood vessels improve the blood supply and oxygenation resulting in faster healing of both tendon and bone.
As a result of the increased collagen production these new fibers are forced into a longitudinal structure producing stronger tendons.
Shockwave therapy is also known for breaking up calcium deposits found in calcific tendinitis of various joints including the shoulder.
What it Treats
This therapy is the ideal treatment for plantar fasciitis, adhesive capsulitis, medial & lateral epicondylitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and patellar tendonitis and various arthritic joint problems. Research studies have shown a high success rate for all of these conditions.
Chronic Muscular Pain Relief
Trigger points are a major cause of pain in the neck, mid- low back, shoulders and extremities.
They are associated with taut bands of muscle fibers and have overly contracted sarcomeres. These dysfunctional sarcomeres contract so tightly that they can cut off their own blood supply. This causes the build up of waste products which irritate the sensory nerve endings and then causes increased contraction. This is known as a metabolic crisis. It is hypothesized that shockwave therapy unlocks the calcium pump thus reversing the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments and releasing the trigger points.
Patients with chronic pain have chronic inflammation which occurs when the inflammatory process continues to be perpetuated. This process subsequently damages healthy tissue as well as encourages a chronic pain cycle.
Shockwave therapy activates mast cells which then increases the synthesis of chemokines and cytokines which then can help to restore normal healing and regenerative properties.
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