Acoustic Pulse Wave Therapy (APWT) is still a novel therapy method in healthcare. Despite being around for such a short time, the development of shock wave therapy has been very fast and exceedingly successful. APWT has gained acceptance within the orthopedic and chiropractic community worldwide so that today physicians have an overview of several ten thousand treated patients worldwide. Advantages of this treatment modality are tremendous: avoidance of surgeries, non-invasive, no side-effects and time efficient. Compared to open surgery the costs of the ESWT are very reasonable.
What is shockwave therapy?
Acoustic waves, or Shock waves, accompany our daily life without being noticed. The sound of thunderstorms or bangs of an explosion are typical examples in which shock waves play an important role. By means of shock waves energy can be broadcast over long distances. An airplane, which breaks the sound barrier, generates a very loud bang, which can lead to the jingle of glasses in a cupboard. The shock wave has transmitted energy from the airplane to the glasses. With ESWT, we actually transmit mechanical energy into live tissues by using shock waves.
The Acoustic Pulse Wave Therapy is a new, non-invasive treatment solution that uses high-intensity sound waves (or acoustic pulses) which interact with damaged or inflamed tissues of the body. Dr. Reichardt uses a APWT unit called Miracle Wave.