Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

What is Radial Pressure Wave Therapy?

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy (RPWT), commonly referred to as Radial Shockwave Therapy, is a non-surgical treatment device used to treat superficial musculoskeletal disorders. Unlike extracorporeal shockwave therapy, RPWT uses lower amplitude pressure waves to stimulate blood flow to the affected areas. It also increases the metabolic activity of the affected muscles.

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It is Not Shockwave

Despite many practices advertising RPWT as shockwave therapy, RPWT is not equivalent to shockwave. RPWT do not produce the same intensity and type of pressure wave as compared to true extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT).

Another key difference between RPWT and ESWT is the depth of penetration. RPWT has less penetration power than ESWT, therefore it is normally used for muscular issues and is unable to target specific pain spots or deep structures.

Conditions Treated with Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

Conditions that are treated with RPWT include:

  • Trigger points (e.g Calf, hamstrings)
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Muscle tightness
  • Superficial muscle strain (e.g Calf strain, hamstring strain)
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Chronic enthesopathy (e.g Achilles tendon, plantar fascia)
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Sports Recovery and Performance

Muscular fatigue, tightness and mild strains are often overlooked by fitness and sports enthusiasts, but these are important factors that will lead to major sports injuries and lengthy downtime.

RPWT is effective in reducing muscle tightness, fatigue, trigger points and the duration of recovery for mild strains.1 This will prevent the risk of developing major injuries and ensure that training is not affected by any downtime.

When Should Radial Pressure Wave Therapy be Avoided?

The mechanism of action for RPWT is like ESWT except for the depth of penetration and intensity. Even so, similar caution should be taken when undergoing RPWT.

RPWT should be avoided if you have the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Active cancer (history of cancer should proceed with caution)

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