No less an authority than the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has declared that extracorporeal shockwave therapy is an effective means for relieving pain associated with a variety of conditions including plantar fasciitis, elbow tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries and even ED. When it comes to choosing a shockwave therapy machine for your clinic or office the Swiss Dolorclast radial shockwave therapy machine stands head and shoulders above the rest. It allows you to greatly expand your therapeutic menu, serve the interests of your clients/patients more effectively and do so in a manner that is fast, low-impact and affordable.
Swiss Dolorclast: The Gold Standard
Based strictly on efficacy, affordability and results the Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy machine has established itself as the gold standard for extracorporeal shockwave therapy. It provides a proven way to help patients who have failed to respond to other types of physical therapy. In case after case Swiss Dolorclast has been shown to improve functionality, reduce pain and improve overall quality of life.
Table Of Contents
- Who Can Benefit from Using the Swiss Dolorclast Machine?
- How Does shockwave therapy machines work?
- Is it Expensive?
- So is Swiss Dolorclast Shockwave Therapy Safe?
- What are the Possible Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy?
- Who Shouldn’t Have Shockwave Therapy?
- Can the Radial Shockwave Therapy Machine be Used on Recent Injuries?
Who Can Benefit from Using the Swiss Dolorclast Machine?
The Swiss Dolorclast machine is the ideal therapeutic choice for a variety of conditions including but not limited to:
Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is a painful condition affecting the heel. It most commonly (though not exclusively) afflicts people of both sexes in middle age. The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:
- A sharp, severe pain on the underside of the heel.
- Pain when the person first stands in the morning.
- Pain that tends to get worse the longer a person spends on their feet.
- Pain that subsides following rest.
People who put on a lot of weight in a short time often suffer from PF. So too do runners who spend long hours pounding their feet into the ground. Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy has proven itself extremely effective in relieving pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis.
Tennis elbow is a degenerative condition that most often afflicts manual laborers such as construction workers as well as athletes who participate in racket-related sports, such as squash, badminton and tennis, from which the condition gets its name. Tennis elbow is the result of repetitive motion that puts excessive strain on the muscles and tendons of the elbow. This constant stress ultimately results in microscopic tears in the tendon. Symptoms include:
- Elbow pain when lifting heavy objects.
- Pain that radiates down the forearm toward the wrist.
- Pain that washes over the outside of the elbow.
Because the cause of tennis elbow is repetitive motion it is something that is usually seen in people over 35. Although some (particularly professional athletes) may experience it earlier in life. Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy can relieve the pain of tennis elbow and return normal functionality to patients.
Both rotator cuff tears and calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff can be effectively treated by the Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy machine. Rotator cuff conditions and injuries can be extremely painful and drastically limit the patient’s ability to do even the simplest thing such as lift their arm above their shoulder. Symptoms of a rotator cuff condition typically include:
- Shoulder pain that becomes severe with attempted movement.
- Night pain in the shoulder that may interfere with sleep.
- Difficulty lifting the arm above the shoulder.
- Pain when washing or combing hair.
- A general sense of weakness in the arm beneath the affected shoulder.
- Rotator cuff injuries and conditions tend to display very similar symptoms but regardless,the Swiss Dolorclast shockwave machine has proven very effective in relieving chronic shoulder pain associated with rotator cuff conditions.
In recent years it has become clear that shockwave therapy represents a viable means of treatment for erectile dysfunction. In the vast majority of cases men suffering from ED have vascular problems that interfere with the delivery of blood to the cavernous areas of the penis during sexual stimulation. This interference results in decreased blood flow and ultimately the inability to achieve and maintain erection.
Shockwave therapy by its very nature stimulates the production of new blood vessels. This ability seems custom made to address blood flow issues that are at the root of most cases of ED. After just a few treatments men are able to resume a normal sex life without having to resort to temporary, situational fixes. While there is not enough test data as of this writing to be able to state with absolute certainty that shockwave therapy can ‘cure’ ED, current success rates for this therapy stand at more than 70% and it remains one of the most promising developments in ED treatment since the introduction of Viagra.
The benefits of shockwave therapy for treatment of erectile dysfunction are many and include:
- Direct treatment of the cause of ED, rather than short term fix.
- Proven to promote spontaneous erections.
- Does not require long term treatment. Most men see results in just 3 weeks.
- Results are sustainable over the long term.
- Treatment is completely non-invasive and 100% pain free.
- None of the odious side effects often generated by pills.
- Promotes the growth of new blood vessels in the penis.
- Compatible with other treatments.
- A success rate in excess of 70%.
While shockwave therapy for ED is compatible with other forms of treatment the fact is most patients will no longer need to pursue other treatments after shockwave therapy.
How Does shockwave therapy machines work?
The original shockwave therapy machines were cumbersome, expensive and used massive amounts of energy. Some weighed nearly 500 pounds and cost nearly half a million dollars. Today’s Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy machine is smaller than a microwave and cost just a tiny fraction of what the original machines cost.
Shockwave therapy is considered “extracorporeal”. For those spa owners or clinicians unfamiliar with the term it means it is non-invasive. There are no incisions. All the work is performed against the surface of the skin with the shockwaves themselves penetrating to the affected area without damaging tissue along the way. Because the procedure is non-invasive there is no need for general anesthesia and no lengthy recovery period involved. Patients can pop in at lunch time and return to work after the session.
A Typical Session
During the session patients typically lie back on the table with the treatment area exposed to the technician. A local anesthesia may be used in some cases but that’s a call that will be made on a case by case basis at the time of treatment. An ultrasound is employed to locate the damaged tissue and to guide the technician. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes start to finish and most patients will require no more than 3 or 4 treatments spaced a week apart.
Shockwave therapy creates new blood vessels in the treatment areas which allows blood and oxygen to reach the affected tissue. As a result patients may experience near immediate pain relief with the overall healing process being complete in as little as 3 months. As we said at the opening of this piece those are not empty marketing claims, but real world facts testified to by the National Institutes of Health.
The ability to comfortably accommodate 2 or even 3 patients per hour means you’ll be able to see and help more patients and earn back your investment in short order. In many a clinic the Swiss Dolorclast machine turns out to be the most profitable piece of equipment on the premises. Just one more benefit of the shockwave therapy machine.
Keep in mind too that many doctors and clinicians use the Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy machine in concert with other therapies including active release, acupuncture and others.
A Word of Caution
When patients experience immediate pain relief from shockwave therapy they may conclude that their injury has been healed. It is important that they understand that while pain relief is rapid, healing itself will likely take at least 3 months as we noted.
Is it Expensive?
The Swiss Dolorclast machine can be either purchased or leased and costs just a fraction of what the earlier versions of the machine cost. As such you can offer shockwave therapy to your patients at a very affordable price point, relative to the cost of other alternatives. Most of those who purchase the radial shockwave therapy machine for their office or clinic find that it pays for itself in very short order.
So is Swiss Dolorclast Shockwave Therapy Safe?
The Swiss Dolorclast radial shockwave therapy machine is considered completely safe and is approved by the US FDA for the treatment of various tendinopathies and calcifications. Years of clinical experience has done nothing but bolster the safety reputation of this important therapeutic device.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy?
Side effects from shockwave therapy tend to be mild, short-lived and rare. For instance, in a small number of cases patients sometimes experience reddening of the skin. Although this tends to pass in a matter of hours or less. About 3% of patients will develop a bruise in the treated area. And on very rare occasions some patients have stated their belief that the treatment triggered a migraine headache. It should be noted, however, that there is no clinical evidence linking the shockwave therapy machine to migraines. Only minimal anecdotal evidence.
Who Shouldn’t Have Shockwave Therapy?
There is no doubt that shockwave therapy has a wide array of applications and can be used safely and effectively on most healthy patients. However, as with any kind of therapy shockwave therapy is not for everyone. Those who are contraindicated for this type of therapy include:
- Pregnant women, regardless of the stage of their pregnancy.
- Those who suffer from various blood clotting disorders such as thrombosis.
- Those who may be taking anticoagulants for other conditions.
- Those fitted with a pacemaker.
- Those with an ongoing infection at the proposed time of therapy.
- Those who may have a significant cut or abrasion at the treatment site.
- Anyone who has received a steroid injection for any reason within the previous 6 weeks.
- Anyone who has a tumor at or near the treatment site.
- Those under 18 years of age
Some might argue that treating the heel of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy does not present an unacceptable risk to either the mother or the baby. But in such cases one always needs to err on the side of caution. So even if it seems unreasonable to deny treatment in such a case the abiding principle should be better safe than sorry.
In addition, shockwave treatment should not be administered if the affected area is over the lungs, diaphragm, esophagus or guts.
A few notes: If the patient is less than 18 years of age and is seeking treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease treatment may be approved. Although it should be arranged via their primary care physician or specialist. Also, the above list is a general guide but the practitioner will always need to draw their own conclusions based on the individual and the evidence presented to them during the assessment interview. The guiding principle needs to be the safety of the patient and the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Can the Radial Shockwave Therapy Machine be Used on Recent Injuries?
Until recently it was thought that this type of therapy was not advised for conditions that had been present for less than 6 consecutive months. That notion, however, is being revisited and there is anecdotal evidence that such a waiting period might be excessive in some cases. Whether you decide to break with tradition and offer Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy to those with more recent injuries or recently manifested conditions will be up to you. Although you should always take manufacturer guidelines into account before making such a call.
The Bottom Line
Over the years since its first introduction shockwave therapy has evolved and been refined and the result has been a dramatic improvement in the level of efficacy in treating a range of conditions, including the ones profiled above.