SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (SWT)

What is SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
 

Shockwave Therapy refers to a unique and novel modality used primarily for pain relief and a quick-response restoration of mobility. Shockwave Therapy is non-invasive and involves a high velocity thrust of a broad/flat steel butt along with high energy acoustic sound saves to encourage an accelerated regenerative effect in the target tissues (ie. injured soft tissue, fascia, bone, etc.) It is used as an adjunct therapy in conjunction with traditional manual therapy, soft tissue techniques and therapeutic exercise in order to optimize and improve patient outcomes.

How does SHOCKWAVE THERAPY work?

Adjunct modalities and treatment devices aim to create the optimal environment for healing. Shockwave Therapy does so by using high-powered audible sound waves to stimulate metabolism and increase blood circulation to the treatment area. In conjunction with high velocity percussion, Shockwave Therapy can also release trigger points, stimulate collagen production and reverse chronic inflammation.

Modalities aim to create the optimal environment for healing, These can greatly vary depending on the modality used. From decreasing pain to allow strengthening/activity, increasing tissue temperatures to facilitate stretching or releasing tight structures to allow for correction of muscular imbalances of postural deficits, modalities can be a great tool to SUPPORT traditional methods of treatment.

 

What should I expect with Shockwave Therapy?

During Shockwave Therapy treatment, you may experience 'therapeutic' discomfort depending on the level of pain prior to the start of treatment as well as the specific condition and area being treated. After treatment however, there is typically immediate pain relief. The duration of a Shockwave Therapy treatment session is approximately 5 minutes and can result in some post-treatment soreness the next day. It is recommended that you abstain from high-intensity physical activity involving the treated body part for 24-48 hours.

Recommended treatment frequency is: 3-5 sessions, 2-8 days apart depending on the specific condition being treatment and the patient's sensitivity, tolerance and response post-treatment.

What conditions can be treated with Shockwave Therapy?

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golder's Elbow)

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

  • Plantarfasciitis

  • Shin Splints and/or Shin Pain

  • Chronic Neck, Mid-back or Low-back Myofascial Restrictions

  • Achilles Tendonitis or Pain

  • Shoulder Pain (ie. Calcific Tendonitis)

  • Heel Spurs

  • General Myofascial Pain due to Trigger Points

What are some other MODALITIES that you offer?

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Electrotherapy and electrical currents such as Interferential Current (IFC) or Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) utilize light electrical currents to stimulate cutaneous nerves for primarily pain modulation. The mechanism by which it modulates pain involves the depolarization of muscle or nervous tissue by way of the pain-gate theory or the release of endogenous opioids.

THERMOTHERAPY

The use of heat or cryotherapy are conductive therapies that aim to trigger a generalized heating or cooling effect in superficial tissues.

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (SWT)

Shockwave Therapy involves a high velocity thrust of a broad/flat steel butt in conjunction with high energy acoustic sound waves to encourage a regenerative effect in the target tissues. It is mainly used for pain relief and quick-response improvement in mobility.

ULTRASOUND THERAPY (U/S)

Ultrasound Therapy is used for both its great thermal effects and its ability to stimulate growth and cell tissue recovery. Sound waves (pressure) caused by the oscillation of particles through a medium travel deep into both superficial and deep tissues to elicit these effects. Ultrasound may be delivered as an uninterrupted stream (continuous) or in periodic bursts (pulsed).

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