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Principle

A Shockwave is a pressure wave – any action that displaces its surrounding medium is a Shockwave. The ripple created when a stone is thrown into a pond is a Shockwave.

The Shockwaves used in equine medicine are generated in a fluid medium inside a transducer head and are then transmitted readily through skin, fat, and muscle. The high energy waves are focused within the transducer head so that the Shockwave can be directed to the precise area of the injury.

When Shockwaves hit an area of higher acoustic impedance,such as bone, the waves slow dramatically and a large amount of energy is released into the surrounding tissue.

Cellular: Increase in cell membrane transmittance by improving ionic channels activity, stimulation of cell division, simulation of cellular cytokines production.

Reproduction of vessels in the area of tendons and muscles: improvement of blood circulation, increase in concentration of growth factor beta 1, chemotactic and mitogenic effect on osteoblasts.

Effect on nitrogen oxide system: bone healing and remodeling.

Improvement of macro-circulation and metabolism.

Dissolution of calcified fibroblasts. Supports the production of collagen. Reduction in tissue tension.

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Advantage

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1. Very little stress on surrounding tissue due to targeted application of shock waves.

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2. Except for the short-term effects of local anesthesia when used, the body is not burdened by the drug.

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3. Possibility to prevent the need for surgical intervention and the risks associated with it.