What is “Shockwave Therapy”?
Shockwave is a non-invasive therapy which originated in the 1960’s. It was used to transmit acoustic waves into the body to disintegrate kidney stones and gallstones without damaging any tissue in between the applicator and the stones. Shockwaves are acoustic pulses. In the medical field the shockwaves propagate through the body using ultrasound gel as a medium.
How the Acoustic Wave is Created Using Radial Shockwave
The compressed air causes the projectile inside the applicator to collides repeatedly with the transmitter (part of the applicator which makes contact with the patient). This results in the transmitter creating an acoustic wave which is then transmitted to the patient.
Analgesic Effect Elimination of Pain
Decrease of muscle tension, inhibition of spasms
Hyperaemia is one of the basic effects of shockwave therapy in the body. It provides better energy supply to hypertonic muscles and their ligamentous structures. Furthermore, it causes the lessening of pathological interactions between actin and myosin. This leads to significant reduction of muscle tension.
Acceleration of Healing
Increase of collagen production
The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary precondition for the repair processes to the damaged myoskeletal and ligamentous structures.
Improved metabolism and microcirculation
The SWT technology accelerates removal of nociceptive metabolites, increases oxygenation and supplies the damaged tissue with a source of energy. It supports removal of histamine & lactic acid.
New blood vessel formation
New blood vessel formation is caused by SWT through creating capillary microruptures in tendon and bone, thus triggering the repair process.
Dissolving of calcified fibroblasts
The SWT technology dissolves calcified fibroblasts and starts subsequent biochemical decalcification of primary calcaria or secondary symptoms of arthrosis.
Who We Do Not Do Shockwave On
Who is “Shockwave Therapy” for?
Shockwave is for chronic conditions that have existed for 3 months or more. We do not use Shockwave for new/acute injuries that are less than 12 weeks old.
There are 3 target tissues: Bone, tendon, and muscle:
Bone: acromioclavicular joints, Superficial tendons and their attachments, Calcification of tendons in the Rotator Cuff, + Heel spurs on Calcaneus bone where your Plantar Fascia attaches.
Superficial Small muscles: (top Layer) forearm, lower leg, rotator cuff, upper trapezius, + levator scapulae muscles.
Large and Deep Muscles: Gluteals, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, latissimus dorsi, pectorals, + spinal muscles.
Our team has lots of experience both professionally and personally with chronic tendinopathy, calcification of tendons, moderate to severe muscle strains/tears, and osteoarthritic joint pathology which shockwave can help.
As a team we have all had some or all of these injuries and conditions listed above, and that gives us a distinct clinical advantage due to our extensive experience with this injuries and conditions.
Most Common Injuries/Conditions to Treat Successfully With Shockwave Therapy:
Important Info if You’re Considering Shockwave Therapy:
Frequency, Duration, and What to Expect:
What is the Cost of Shockwave Therapy?
Cost: we do not charge more for the shockwave treatments, they are included in our regular private fee. Most of our clients have extended health benefits that we can direct bill. Some will have a co-pay some will have full coverage, it really depends on your individual plan.
If you have any other questions about shockwave, please give us a call today at (403) 295-8590 to arrange a FREE telephone consultation or come in for a FREE Discovery visit to talk to one of our Physiotherapist to see, if shockwave is an appropriate treatment strategy for you.
Take care, Talk soon.
Your Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy team.
"What People Are Saying About Shockwave Therapy..."
Brenda, late 50's from Calgary - Treated for Shoulder Pain