When it comes to training – every day is important for athletes.
Following tight schedules and strict timelines means that it is hard to take long breaks from training.
Though, sometimes breaks are unavoidable.
This is because constant workouts, trainings, and exerting the body can take a toll on muscles and joints.
As a result, muscle-tendon irritations, fractures, and joint pains are common ailments that many athletes have to deal with.
Shockwave therapy can help treat these conditions.
It accelerates the healing process of the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.
Basically, an acoustic pressure wave is transmitted to the body tissue and, consequently, to the painful area. The pressure wave created at the point of contact transmits radially inside the patient’s body and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.
The reason why shockwave therapy has become so popular in the world of sports is that is relatively pain-free, non-invasive and has a quicker recovery time.
Studies have also proved the effectiveness of shockwave therapy when it comes to sports injuries.
A study was conducted to evaluate if shockwave therapy was a safe and effective treatment for chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy.
Professional athletes dealing with chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy were randomly assigned to receive either shockwave therapy, consisting of 2500 impulses per session (for 4 weeks), or traditional conservative treatment consisting of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, and an exercise program for hamstring muscles.
After 3 months of treatment, the results were compiled and shared. 17 of the 20 patients (85%) in the shockwave therapy group and 2 of the 20 patients (10%) in the traditional conservative treatment group achieved a reduction of at least 50% in pain.
This shows that shockwave therapy proved to be more effective than multiple traditional therapies combined.
Not just that. Shockwave therapy is quick.
A shockwave therapy session can be as short as 7 mins and can go up to 30 minutes. Usually, most patients just require three-to-six sessions of therapy. Permanent relief typically begins about 72 hours following treatment.
… and the best part?
There is no downtime for recovery.
This accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, bone, and joint pain enables athletes to get back on the field within shorter timeframes.
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