Shockwave Therapy: What You Need To know
We often get asked about shockwave therapy at our clinics which is why today, we’ve decided a blog post on shockwave therapy and everything you need to know about this common treatment option. Patients are often concerned with the term “shock wave” itself as they interpret this word as if you will be physically shocked. Shock wave is just another term for sound waves. This noninvasive treatment option is a non-surgical method that will have you feeling better in just 2-3 sessions. Here is everything you need to know about shockwave therapy.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a treatment option that has been used since the 1980s. Shock waves are high-energy audible sound waves which are introduced to painful areas of the body like the shoulders, legs, and arms. If you’re suffering from acute or chronic pain then shockwave therapy has been clinically proven to reduce pain. While mild discomfort is sometimes felt, this procedure which takes 5-10 minutes will improve your quality of life and can be found at any HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinic.
How Does it Work?
Shockwaves accelerate the healing period and will reduce pain. The first recorded instance of this treatment method was used to disintegrate kidney stones in 1980. By introducing these sound waves to the body, your blood is stimulated therefore increasing circulation and the metabolism is accelerated. After a few sessions, tissue is regenerated and you will heal at a quicker pace than someone who has not undergone shockwave treatment.
What is it used to treat?
Shockwave therapy is used to treat many injuries including tennis elbow, acute and chronic pain, tendonitis, heel pain, tendon insertion pain, muscle tension, Achilles pain, neck pain and much more.
How successful is shockwave therapy?
According to modern research, shockwave therapy is very successful. Over 80% of patients report significant pain reduction after 2-3 sessions. An average of two to three sessions is necessary at weekly intervals until the health care professional has determined that you no longer need treatment.
If you’re in any sort of pain and would like relief, please visit a HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinic near you or call (416) 431-4000. Our experienced healthcare professionals will determine a treatment plan designed to reduce pain, improve performance and restore function.