Starting January 2017 we offer Shockwave Therapy
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a modality used to treat a variety of musculosketal (MSK) conditions. It offers an alternative for treatment of both acute and chronic MSK conditions which effective and less invasive than injection or surgery.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful areas. It pneumatically generates a “shockwave” which essentially reinjures tissue on a cellular level. This controlled reinjuring of the tissue allows the bodies natural healing process resulting in faster healing time and reduced pain.
Effects of Shockwave include:
Conditions Treated by Shockwave Therapy
- New blood vessel formation ( brings more nutrients to injured area necessary for healing)
- Reversal of chronic inflammation
- Stimulation of collagen production (necessary for repair of damaged tissue)
- Dissolution of calcified fibro blasts (calcific tendinopathy)
- Dispersion of pain mediator Substance P (neuropeptide associated with persistent intense chronic pain)
- Release of trigger points (unblocks calcium pump reversing metabolic process which causes trigger points)
- Calcific Tendinopathy, Chronic Tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Trigger Points
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Heel Spurs
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Hip Pain (bursitis)
- Jumper’s Knee
What to Expect during & After Treatment
- Slight variance depending on condition but generally 3 to 5 treatments.
- Treatments are done 3 to 10 days apart.
- During treatment most patients experience a small amount of discomfort.
- After treatment, patients generally experience immediate pain relief after the session.
- 2 to 6 hours after treatment some discomfort in the treated area can be expected
Current literature is showing a success rate of between 75%-95% for the conditions mentioned. It is often used in combination with chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy.