by Dr. Glenn Wilcox, D.O.M.
I was “called” to a career in energy medicine 45 years ago during a profound satori. Over the decades I have integrated many therapies into the holistic approach to medicine I’ve evolved – Wise Medicine. However, few therapies have impressed me as simply and profoundly as Pressure Wave Therapy!
Pressure Wave Therapy has emerged over the past few decades in Europe and the past 15 years in America, as a treatment of choice for many types of muscle, tendon and joint pain. It has also proven effective for ED (erectile dysfunction), enhancing male sensation, and vaginal rejuvenation and female sensation. We first began using this remarkably effective therapy at Wise Medicine about six months ago and are the only holistic, integrative medical clinic in New Mexico providing treatment with this amazing medical tool.
The Pressure Wave Tissue Regenerator I use is the Storz Medical D-Actor 100, manufactured in Switzerland. It provides the world’s most effective pressure wave treatment. I’ll be frank; I appreciate top level medical technology and always comparison shop to determine what devices are the very best available…and then I add them to my clinic. There are other similar systems on the market. However, objective comparisons of the Storz machine to other systems make it clear that the Storz is simply the most advanced, reliable technology available.
How It Works
Pressure Wave Therapy is sometimes referred to as Low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (Li-ESWT), or simply shockwave therapy. It’s similar to lithotripsy which is a treatment, using high-energy sound waves, by which a kidney stone or other calculus is broken into small particles that can then be passed out of the body. Shock Wave Lithotripsy is the most common treatment for kidney stones in America. Pressure Wave Therapy works the same way. But it’s used on other areas and is less intense.
In simple terms, a handheld device that emits high-energy sound wave pressure, is used on the outside of the body with varying pressures at the location needing treatment. The device contains a shaft that houses a metal tube and inside the tube is a small, metal, bullet-like piece that moves rapidly back and forth. When contact is made with the end of the tube each time, a pressure wave is emitted. The pressure wave is transferred to the tissues resulting in the generation of micro-cavitation bubbles that expand, burst and produce a resultant force that can break up calcifications in the tissues and plaque in blood vessels, resulting in improved circulation and function. The treatment stimulates the cells and triggers the body’s self-healing process. Pressure Wave Therapy may be a bit uncomfortable but is not painful when care is taken. Slowly increasing the intensity of the pressure waves over a few treatments as the tissues normalize increases comfort. Treatment time varies and can range from 10 minutes for one area, up to 30 or 40 minutes if multiple areas are worked on.
Many conditions that involve pain and dysfunction in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, as well as impaired circulation, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, and even scars from surgery or trauma respond remarkably to Pressure Wave Therapy. Here are the results of just a few studies.
- “In this meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials, treatment of ED with Li-ESWT [pressure wave therapy] resulted in a significant increase in IIEF-EF scores [International Index of Erectile Function].” J Sex Med, 2017 Jan
- 91% improvement for shoulder pain. Journal of American Medical Association, 2003
- 90% success rate for heel pain. Foot & Ankle International, 2012
- 77% improvement for elbow pain. The Journal of Orthopedics, 2005
- 76% success rate for Achilles pain. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007
- 8 times more effective for hamstring pain than regular physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2010
- “Pressure Wave therapy significantly improves pain, function, and quality of life.” The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008
A lifetime history of three motor vehicle accidents was reflected in my MRI results: osteophytes, foraminal stenosis, facet degenerative joint disease, and disc bulge. Anyone who knows what these diagnoses are knows they mean pain. Thanks to treatments with pressure wave therapy by Dr. Wilcox, I have near normal range of motion and no pain. Judy, age 72
Dr. Wilcox is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico and is Board Certified for Expanded Practice in Injection Therapy, Intravenous Therapy and Bioidentical Hormone Therapy by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is nationally board certified and a diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Bodywork Therapy. He has completed the American College of Integrative Medicine two-year educational program as a Primary Care Provider of Integrative Primary Care Natural Medicine. He has also completed the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics year-long specialty educational program in orthopedics. Since 1980 he has specialized in the treatment of parasites, and other infections that undermine the intestinal microbiome. He works and studies with world class parasitologist, Dr. Hammed A. Ibraheem, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences in Nigeria.