Shockwave Therapy Oakville
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy involves using compressed air to fire a pellet back and forth within an applicator that looks like a wand or gun. The energy created is transferred through the end of the applicator and into the tissue to promote reparative processes. Shockwave can help treat bones, tendons and muscles. It is most commonly used to reduce pain and improve mobility.
How Does Shockwave Help?
Shockwave therapy helps to stimulate new blood vessel formation, helps to reverse chronic inflammation, stimulates collagen production, helps to break up calcified tissue (like in calcific tendonosis), disperses pain mediators (chemicals around an injury that make us feel pain) and can help to release tight muscles.
Shockwave therapy has been shown to accelerate the healing process by increasing blood flow to the affected area, and boosting metabolism to help repair tissue in the affected area! Shockwave is an especially good option for chronic issues (issues that have been lingering for longer than 3 months).
Painful Disorders That Shockwave Can Treat
Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a variety of painful disorders. At Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre our best results with Shockwave Therapy have come with a combination of Muscle Release Therapy and IFC (Interferential Current Therapy).
- Plantar Fasciitis – characterized by heel or foot pain with the first step in the morning
- Calcific Tendinitis – diagnosed via Ultrasound, X-ray or MRT/ CT scan
- Tendinitis – usually stubborn chronic muscle or joint pain, best diagnosed via Ultrasound
- Golfer’s Elbow – characterized by pain on the pinky side of the elbow (less common)
- Tennis Elbow – characterized by pain on the thumb side of the elbow and forearm (most common)
- Tendinosis – different than Tendinitis; a cellular change of the tissue with no swelling
Extracorpeal Shockwave therapy is used to alleviate pain, increase blood flow, break up scar tissue and relax the muscles.
Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?
Shockwave therapy is an aggressive treatment, and is therefore a little bit uncomfortable. It is very effective, so our patients think that the discomfort during treatment is worthwhile!
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are no serious side effects from shockwave therapy. There may be some temporary skin reddening or discomfort for an 1-2 following treatment.
How Much Does Shockwave Therapy Cost?
At Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre we don’t believe in charging extra for shockwave therapy, so it is included in the cost of your regular chiropractic visit!