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Mar 2016

What Does Shock Wave Treatment Do?

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Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is one of the newer and lesser known treatments available through physiotherapy and sports clinics. Many people are unaware of the benefits of this treatment or even what exactly it entails. Those suffering from chronic and painful conditions may find this treatment really helpful. Here we outline how shock wave treatment works and the therapeutic benefits it offers.

Shock Wave Treatment

What is it?

Shockwave therapy is used in physical therapy, urology, orthopedics, and cardiology. The treatment consists of the use of quick, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy, which are not electrical shocks and are more so similar to soundwaves. The technique is similar to the electromagnetic shocks used in lithotripsy, which breaks up kidney and gallstones.

The shock waves stimulate the tissue, creating micro-bubbles that seep deeper into the affected area until the bubbles expand and burst. This triggers a resultant force that promotes healthy connective tissue and helps to heal bone. The treatment lasts only a few minutes and should be performed once a week. Three sessions is typically sufficient for the client to see significant improvements.

How can it help?

Shock wave treatment has been shown to provide quick, effective, and long term alleviation of chronic pain. Our trained practitioners help our clients attain better comfort levels by reducing pain from prior injuries and current ongoing conditions.

Shockwave therapy can help to:

  • Swiftly reduce pain and improve mobility
  • Stimulate the healing mechanisms in the body, providing long-term comfort
  • Complete effective treatment without the use of drugs or invasive techniques
  • Regenerate injured tissue in a very short period of time

What conditions does it treat?

The list of conditions and ailments which shock wave therapy can be used to treat is a long and growing one. Such conditions include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome or MTSS)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Scar tissue
  • Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Numerous chronic pain conditions

If you are unfortunate enough to be plagued by any of the above ailments, you should definitely check out shock wave therapy. It is a non-invasive, effective, and technologically sophisticated treatment that can alleviate your pain and get you feeling well, healthy, and happy again. Contact us today for more information.

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