What is shockwave therapy?
Physiotherapists use shockwave therapy to accelerate the healing process in the body by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. This is accomplished when Radial Shockwaves, which are like vibratory sound waves, are transmitted into a patient’s tissue.
We often describe Shockwave Therapy as “massaging from the inside out” as vibrational Radial Shockwaves penetrate deep into muscle tissue, into areas we cannot reach with traditional manual therapies. Vibrational Shockwaves create micro-cavitation bubbles deep in the tissue that expand and burst, and stimulate healing.
Physiotherapists also use shockwave to help your body grow new blood vessels in areas which may have had compromised blood supply due to prolonged adhesion and myofascial tension, allowing healing products to better access these areas. Other benefits of Shockwave Therapy include tissue renewal through the stimulation of collagen regeneration and breaking down of calcification which may be causing pain and delaying healing with chronic injuries.
Physiotherapist use shockwave therapy to effectively treat the following conditions:
- Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
- Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow
- Shoulder – calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles
- Knee – patellar tendonitis
- Hip – bursitis
- Lower leg – shin splints
- Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Back pain – lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain
Your first Shockwave Treatment with a physiotherapist: What to expect
Upon your first visit to Rosedale Wellness Centre, you will be assessed by a physiotherapist to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy. The physiotherapist will ensure you are educated about your condition and what you can do in conjunction with treatment – activity modification, specific exercises, assessing any other contributing issues such as posture, tightness/weakness of other muscle groups, etc.
Shockwave treatment is usually done 1 time a week for 4-6 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only lasts 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep you comfortable.
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