Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses extracorporeal pulses to improve the overall condition of the body. In particular, radial extracorporeal shockwave treatment (RESWT) has been identified as helping to manage cellulite and pockets of fat.
Recent research has pointed towards a major growth in the shockwave therapy devices market and the growing popularity for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
What Is The Global Shockwave Therapy Market Like?
In terms of geographical location, the industry is segmented across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. North America holds the largest share of the shockwave therapy market, due to major investments in R&D of medical technology.
Asia Pacific has been identified as the fastest-growing market due to the increasing population and predictions of a large geriatric community in the coming decades.
The same can be said for the UK and it’s expected that by 2030 there will be over 21,000 centenarians. Furthermore, the 85+ group is the fastest-growing demographic in the UK and is set to double to 3.2 million by 2041.
With longer life expectancy comes an increased vulnerability to musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, tendinitis, degenerative disk disease and more. This is where shockwave therapy can truly be of use.
How Can Shockwave Therapy Be Used To Treat Musculoskeletal Disorders?
Shockwave therapy involves the use of extracorporeal energy i.e. high-pressure pulses that radiate through the body via a device. This energy leads to several effects:
- Shockwaves stimulate osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for new bone production.
- The energy stimulates fibroblasts, which are the cells that help heal connective issues e.g. tendons.
- A reduction in pain via hyperstimulation anaesthesia. This means that nerve endings are temporarily overwhelmed by the shockwaves and there is short term relief.
- Pain is also reduced in the long run via a gate control mechanism. This involves local nerves being shocked to recalibrate how pain is perceived.
How Can Shockwave Therapy Be Used To Treat Skin Conditions?
Shockwave treatment also holds great value as a cosmetic treatment. Shockwaves are targeted at the skin to stimulate connective tissue, causing it to loosen and become more resilient.
This approach is beneficial for reducing cellulite, as the energy will break down any toxins and fats and leave the skin looking healthier.
What Other Skin Benefits Does Shockwave Treatment Have?
- It can be used to eliminate stretch marks and tone the body.
- Shockwaves may help to provide a slimming effect by vibrations causing muscles to resist and contract.
- Repeated therapy can lead to improved blood flow around the treatment area.
Book Your Shockwave Therapy Consultation With Omniya Clinic
At Omniya Clinic, we specialise in cosmetic-based RESWT shockwave treatment. Prior to the treatment, you’ll be paired with a specialist who’ll take the time to understand your requirements and determine if it’s the right procedure.
For more information, book a consultation at our London clinic.