The study of shockwaves is essential in physical science since it helps people understand how bursts of energy can produce waves. Basically, this phenomenon has got applications for various disciplines including geography, medicine as well as astronomy. This write up will focus on discussing about what shock wave is, how it can be produced as well as how it can rid off heel pain. Especially in the Netherlands, shockwave therapy for heel spur, or as they say in Holland "shockwave therapie bij hielspoor", is very popular and widely available.
What is Shockwave? A shock wave is a large amplitude that is formed by sudden compression of the medium via which the wave moves. A shock wave normally travels faster than sound and its speed often varies with amplitude. Basically, as a shockwave passes a point, its intensity is more likely to fall off much faster than that of the normal waves.
How are Shockwaves Produced? Shock waves can be produced in three ways i.e. naturally, aeronautically and mechanically.
How Can Shockwaves be Produced Aeronautically? Aeronautical scientists have proved that when an aircraft happens to exceed the speed of sound, the air particles in the space usually become completely disturbed. This is because they are not often given an 'advanced warning' with the approach of the plane. This forces the air particles to undergo sudden as well as drastic changes in density, pressure and velocity. Eventually these forces end up creating shockwaves.
How Can Shockwaves Be Produced Naturally? Some natural occurring events such as earthquakes and tsunamis can easily cause the occurrence of shockwaves as they can hassle free release energy via the water, ground or air at a speed of four to five miles per second. Shockwaves can also occur in the outer spaced. NASA scientists have come out with images showing how shockwaves are caused by the solar flares on the suns surface.
How Can Shockwaves Be Produced Mechanically? Piezoelectric, electrohydraulic as well as electromagnetic transducers can easily produce small shockwaves in the lab by introducing pressure waves via conductive materials. Veterinaries and physicians often use these shockwaves produced in the lab to treat certain medical complications such as treatment of soft tissue injuries, removal of kidney stone and also in conducting cancer research. Also, as a medic, you can produce shockwaves for therapy and curing for example heel pain or other injuries that people experience in the joints and ligaments. The radiations that this shockwave produces is the one that rids off the above mentioned disorders in a fast and safe way.
Last, gut not least, it is important that you seek for the advice of a physician so that you can be sure that the procedure that involves with shockwave therapy will be effective in your body.