What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy uses a high energy sound wave to target your tissues (fascia, muscles, tendons, etc.) to increase repair and growth of your cells, provide pain relief and help you move easier and get back to the activities you want to do.
How does it work?
The vibrations essentially induce low grade micro tears in your tissues that will elicit an immune response and increase perforation (blood supply to cells). Shockwave therapy also increases collagen production to aid the rebuilding of damaged tissue. It decreases chemicals that signal pain and normalises muscle contraction to relief tight musculature.
Biological effects or shockwave therapy!
-Improvement in microcirculation and metabolism
-Supports production of collagen
– Reduces tissue tension
-Breaks down calcification
-Analgesic effect through the pain gate theory
– Reduces swelling
What to expect?
Shockwave therapy can cause a bit of discomfort, but usually only takes about 5 minutes. We will expose the target area and apply a cool gel to help the transfer of acoustic waves to your tissue. You would expect to use it over approximately 5 sessions with 3-10 days in-between. You can expect to feel in most cases some relief after the first session, although biological effects are seen after the whole course has been completed and true changes in your condition can be documented.
Why shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy has shown to be effective in pain relief and can also greatly benefit tendon healing for chronic conditions such as achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendinopathies and more. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as manual therapy, dry needling and exercise.