Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic Wave Therapy has originally been used to treat chronic pain in joints, muscles and other painful injuries. Those suffering from these chronically painful injuries received AWT and most reported that after only a few treatments, there was marked improvement in mobility, healing and pain management.
The good news is that according to case studies, it has been medically proven that this therapy demonstrated real, measurable improvement in the reduction of cellulite and the appearance stretch marks.
After a series of treatments, the positive results from AWT may help:
- Reduce the production and look of cellulite
- Break down enlarged fat cells
- Restore connective tissue
- Improve muscle tone
- Improve skin elasticity
- Promote lymphatic drainage (elimination of toxins/waste)
- Improve blood flow/circulation
- Promote increased production of collagen
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars
- Tighten, firm and smooth out loose skin
- Reduce symptoms associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, trigger finger, carpel tunnel, tendinitis, etc.
How AWT Works
Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT), also commonly referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is an out-patient treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve the appearance of stretch marks, and treat chronic pain in joints and muscles.
Shock Therapy refers to the energetic, acoustic waves which create vibrations that positively impact the underlying connective tissue, cells and ultimately, the skin itself. The term “extracorporeal” refers to the method by which the shock waves are transmitted through the skin. In this case, the shock waves are delivered externally through a pad and into the skin.
Along with treating cellulite, the therapy will also help to stimulate collagen production, rejuvenate connective tissue, improve elasticity of the skin and give skin an overall firmer, smoother and tighter appearance.
What is really happening during the AWT process is that shock waves cause micro tears in the connective tissues while breaking down the fatty deposits (cellulite). When the minor tearing (injury) occurs, the body automatically increases the amount of collagen to the affected area as a means of healing.
When the collagen goes to work and restores/heals tendons and tissue, the injured tendons and tissue are replaced with a denser, rejuvenated frame (collagen fibers), from there, firmer and tighter tendons and tissue. The shock waves are transmitted via handheld treatment device which delivers a series of acoustic (similar to sound) waves directly into the deep connective tissue of the affected area. Acoustic waves generate strong, energized pulses which send vibrations directly to the skin and tissue.
By using a handheld device, “shock” (or radial/acoustic pressure) waves target enlarged fat cells and break them down. The procedure starts by covering the area to be treated with an antiseptic gel (much like the gel used during an ultrasound). The handheld device is moved in either a grid-like pattern both vertically and horizontally across the treatment area. Another method is to move the device in a series of wavy (or “snake”) lines in the treatment area in both a vertical and horizontal direction.
Based on individual evaluation and desired results, the appropriate pressure, number of shocks and intensity of shocks will be determined by the clinician. The tip or head of the shockwave therapy device treats the entire area. By applying the correct amount of pressure and executing a number of shocks at frequent intervals, the underlying tissue can be regenerated once the cellulite is broken down.
A success rate for achieving noticeable improvement in smoother, firmer skin with less visible cellulite is as high as 75% or more for patients treated. The results have been documented in extensive scientific case studies.
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive, FDA-approved form of treatment for the reduction of cellulite and other improved body benefits. Various parts of the body can be treated effectively. Although there is no downtime after a treatment, it is recommended to take it easy for approximately 48 hours afterwards. A typical AWT session takes about 30 minutes or less. Noticeable results can be achieved in just a few sessions (6-12 treatments are recommended). Although not a permanent solution or cure and requires several treatments to achieve the desired effect and maintenance of the skin, over 78% of patients have experienced excellent results in the appearance of their skin and effective treatment of cellulite.