Shockwave Therapy is a high-energy acoustic pulse produced by our Extracorporeal Shockwave unit. It improves the metabolism in the pain region, increases blood circulation and this effectively stimulates the body’s repair mechanisms. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
In other words, Shockwave Therapy is all about activating the body’s self-healing abilities.
Shockwave Therapy is used to treat several conditions including lumber and cervical back pain, including chronic muscular pain, illiotibial band friction syndrome, shin splints, hip bursitis, patellar tendonitis, calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles, tennis/golfer’s elbow, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis as well as several other conditions.
What is a Shockwave Therapy treatment like? Initial visits are around 15-30 minutes where your condition will be assessed to see if you’re a candidate for this treatment. Typically patients require 3 visits, 1 week apart. Each treatment lasts between 5 and 15 minutes. The therapist will use a hand-held device to pin-point the injured area.
Does Shockwave Therapy hurt? You may have heard that Shockwave Therapy can be uncomfortable or down right painful. However, the machine that we have is the newest technology and causes little or no pain at all. Occasionally patients will feel some discomfort but its atypical.
Are there any side effects? Shockwave Therapy should not be used if there is a circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor, or a metabolic bone condition. Also, if you have open wounds or tumours or if you’re pregnant, this isn’t the treatment for you. Make sure you tell your therapist about any pre-exisiting conditions and any medication you may be on during your initial session.
Does Shockwave Therapy really work? Rather than put a bunch of stats here we figured, if you want to research Shockwave Therapy clinical trials for your particular issue, here’s a great place to start. In most clinical trials 80% of patients saw upwards of an 80% improvement. So, yes, it works.