Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

How can a Shockwave Therapy appointment help you?

Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used by therapists for treatment of subacute, sub chronic, and chronic conditions. It uses an acoustic wave which carries high energy to the affected area. The energy promotes regeneration and reparation within the soft tissues, tendons, and bones to restore mobility.

It has been proven to be a safe and highly effective non-evasive and non surgical procedure for various conditions including but not limited to gallstones, a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, chronic conditions, particularly those affecting medium to large sized tendons and their insertions on bone such as: Plantar Fasciitis Achilles Tendonopathy.

Shockwave Therapy can help treat:

  • Radial / Ulnar epicondylitis (Tennis elbow / Golfers elbow)
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Piriformis Symdrome
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries (Frozen shoulder)
  • Tibial stress syndrome (Shin splints)
  • Pre and post joint replacement
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Bone fracture and spurs
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Adhesions
  • Trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Bursitis

And, of course Shockwave Therapy benefits trigger points, muscle tension, as well as many type of joint pain (SI being very common). It helps to improve range of motion in all areas treated.

History of Shockwave therapy:

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) otherwise referred to as Shockwave Therapy, was first introduced into clinical practice in 1982 however, it has been utilized since the early 1950’s.

In recent years, Shockwave Therapy has become more frequently used. Originally, it was used for breaking up gallbladder and kidney stones. However, it was later found to help in many chronic pain conditions.

Today, it is included in treatments for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions – including heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, calcification conditions, tendonitis, shin splints, and more. Shockwave therapy has proven to be particularly useful in chronic tendonitis conditions. The low energy acoustic waves have proven to lead to faster healing. It also contributes to the regeneration of tissue – again promoting a proper recovery.

Further, research has shown it has few side effects and a positive impact on acute pain conditions. However, shockwave therapy should not be used if a person has a nerve or circulation disorder, infection, or certain bone disorders and conditions.

Shockwave therapy makes for an ideal non-surgical intervention in many cases. It can help speed up recovery and treat an array of conditions.

What to expect:

If you have sustained an injury or suffer from pain related to an ongoing concern, Shockwave Therapy is the right service for you.

Your therapist will do a thorough assessment including ROM (range of motion) testing and palpation of the soft tissues. A probe is placed on the skin after a gel is applied to help conduct the shock waves. High or low energy waves may be used. High energy waves may cause some discomfort. The shockwaves cause the body to produce an inflammatory response – helping your body heal.

Your therapist may also incorporate massage therapy into your treatment. A typical treatment plan can range from 3 to 6 treatments depending on the concern.

Other things you should know:

You may or may not be required to undress depending on your specific concern. Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing that allows for free movement.

*Contraindications are limited to pace makers, plates and wires within the body, and unstable blood pressure. Talk to your therapist before starting a Shockwave Therapy treatment plan.

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