Wondering what is shockwave therapy? Shockwave therapy involves the use of a special device that introduces intense, short sound waves into the affected area. These sound waves stimulate the body’s natural healing process, to promote tissue regeneration.
It’s worth noting that it isn’t a shock – it’s a shockwave, created by the device rapidly moving a projectile in the transmission head to create a sound shockwave.
The sound waves pulsate the tissue just enough to create a “stress reaction” without causing damage, initiating your body’s healing cascade.
The beneficial events of a healing cascade include the breakdown of calcification and tissue adhesions, leading to a decrease of pain, increased bloodflow and increase of function.
The treatment is performed by a trained medical professional and typically takes less than 30 minutes per session. Patients may require multiple sessions depending on the severity of their condition.
Because the device only creates sound waves, shockwave therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment that has been used for over 30 years to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Originally designed to disperse kidney stones, this modality is now used in soft tissue treatment.
Compressed air fires into a cylinder in the machine, moving a projectile, or “bullet” back and forth between the transmission head and handle of the machine. This action transmits high-energy bursts, or shockwaves in a focused area to break up tissue adhesions.
The treatment has minimal side effects, and most patients experience only mild discomfort during the procedure.
Your clinician will modify the intensity to a medically appropriate level for you, during your sessions and we have ear protection available, as it is loud!
Patients with certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders or pregnancy, may not be suitable candidates for shockwave therapy. It’s important to discuss any concerns with us before undergoing the treatment.
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