Did you know shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms?
Shockwave therapy in Richmond Hill
Shockwave therapy is an effective way of helping to generate the body’s self-healing mechanisms.
The treatment can be used to help aid musculoskeletal conditions such as
- Shoulder Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel Spurs
- and much more.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Did you know that damaged tissues, muscles, and ligaments require collagen to heal effectively?
Shockwave therapy increases the production and deposition of collagen in these areas. By controlling inflammation in painful areas, shockwave therapy also prevents unnecessary damage to muscles and ligaments in the first place.
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what is Shockwave Therapy
The shock wave is an energy wave or a radio wave that comes from outside the body. The word extracorporeal shock wave means basically from outside the body, so it’s a non-surgical technique. When shockwaves started to be used in the mid to late 80s after research with lithotripsy was completed, the generators and the equipment that came out were very expensive, so there was very little access to shockwaves.
Shockwave therapy is a treatment method in which an applicator is used to direct radial ‘shockwaves’ on the part of the body to be treated.
The published research provides plenty of evidence to substantiate the advantages of shockwave therapy and shows that many patients benefit from the treatment.
Shockwave therapy is an easy and effective therapy for chronic pain and injuries. Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure used to alleviate the symptoms of chronic Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendinitis that have not responded well to other forms of treatment such as physiotherapy or steroid injections.
Shockwave therapy has been used medically since the 1980s to break up kidney stones however they found it to be truly effective in treating various muscle and tendon injuries. Clinical studies show it to be 92% effective in treating various conditions. It works by sending high-powered sound waves to break up calcium, and scar tissue deposits stimulate new blood vessel formation and metabolism to speed up healing activate.
Shockwaves are audible high-energy sound waves. These acoustic waves are applied to a painful area to accelerate the healing process in the body. They stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation; allowing damaged tissue to regenerate and fully heal.
Most patients feel an immediate decrease in pain and an increase in their mobility and range of motion and can return to their normal daily activities that day. This therapy has increased the quality of life for so many of our patients.
If you or anybody that you know needs help, please give us a call because shockwave therapy may be the right treatment.
What is Shockwave Therapy and Does it Work?
Are you struggling with chronic problems such as soft tissue injuries or tendinitis? have you exhausted all other treatment options? Are you eager to get back to work? For pain-free hobbies or sports, here is why you should consider shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy is one of the most effective and widely accepted clinical practices for treating chronic soft tissue injuries. Historically shockwave therapy was a treatment method for breaking down kidney stones and helped people to avoid the painful surgical process.
Now it’s widely used by physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists and other medical professionals to treat different conditions involving tendons, muscles and even bones.
Common conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, knee pain, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, back pain, shin splints and many more are successfully treated with shockwave.
How does it work? Shockwave is a non-invasive technology that delivers sound waves to afflicted areas of the body and aids speedy recovery. The process involves passing short, intense sound waves into affected tissues, increasing blood flow, having an analgesic effect, and stimulating repair and regeneration. The treatment puts the cells into repair mode and allows your body to restart its natural healing process.
Shockwave therapy is approved by the national institute for health and care excellence as nice and completely safe if performed by qualified therapists. With a success rate of up to 90 percent, on average, four to six sessions of shockwave therapy can make a huge difference for the patients and help them recover from injuries. However, not all shockwave machines are created equal. You need to ensure your practitioner uses a medical CE marked device such as those made by stores medical. Shockwave is not as scary as it sounds. In some cases, you might feel discomfort at the beginning. However, the treatment is delivered with a low amount of energy at first, which is increased as your body gets used to it, so there’s nothing to be worried about.
Shock wave therapy is an ideal alternative to surgery or when other standard treatments like pain medication and steroid injections no longer work and carry undesirable side effects and risks.
There are two types of shock wave therapy: radial and focused.
Radial is used to treat superficial conditions closer to the skin’s surface.
Focused shockwave is used to treat deeper areas of concern and can treat a wider range of conditions.
Your therapist will decide which is best for you, depending on your condition. Some therapists will advise a combination approach.
Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT
ESWT is a recognized treatment for conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, patellar tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, or common extensor origin tendinopathy also known as tennis elbow. When your condition has been diagnosed you’re examining physician may elect to use ESWT as part of your treatment process. The process and equipment involved are explained thoroughly by the administering physician. It will be in a comfortable position to receive the treatment. The site for delivery is marked, and some gel is applied to low conduction for the pulsed shock wave depending on what your doctor has diagnosed for you. Your physician will decide what intensity and frequency. As well as the number of pulses your treatment will include. When your treatment is completed. You will be reassessed and your rehabilitation plan discussed. The recommended guides shockwave therapy sessions over three weeks.
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frequently asked questions
What does shockwave therapy do?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that creates a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium.
Does shockwave treatment work?
it may take some time for the results of Shockwave Therapy to become apparent. While some patients report feeling immediate pain relief following treatment, others may require several weeks to experience any significant pain-relieving results.
Is shockwave therapy painful?
The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable.
Who should not get shockwave therapy?
People with circulation disorder and taking blood thinners, bone tumors, metabolic bone disorder, nerve disorder, infection or open wounds, pregnant are not a good candidate for shockwave therapy.
What should you not do after a shockwave?
It is a non surgical and non invasive therapy there are no restrictions on daily activities except it is advised not to do strenuous physical activities. It is also advised not to take any anti-inflammatory drugs as the shockwave prompts the body’s natural anti-inflammatory process. So, it’s important not to take any anti-inflammatory medication after treatment, which may slow down the results.
Is shockwave therapy good for back pain?
if the pain is in upper back region and its related to muscular or connective tissue then shockwave can help but not with disc problems.
What is the difference between ultrasound and shockwave therapy?
Ultrasound technology makes use of a consistent pattern of waves, with a short amount of time between each.
On the other hand, shockwave therapy makes use of a single pressure pulse, usually in an isolated location on your body.
How often can you have shockwave therapy?
Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results.
Can I drive after shockwave therapy?
Yes. There are no restrictions in daily activities after a shockwave therapy session.
Can shockwave therapy help sciatica?
Yes it is believed to be effective in any Sacroiliac joint inflammation or muscular dysfunction and help relieve symptoms of sciatica.
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