Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, safe and effective treatment using an electrical device that emits a shockwave.

How can it benefit you?

  • Reduces pain by breaking pain cycles.
  • In most cases it requires 8 – 12 sessions.
  • Alternative to manipulation.
  • Less painful than deep tissue massage.
  • Works on deep and superficial tissue.
  • Alternative to surgery.
  • Can be performed on light clothing.
  • Stimulates the nervous system.
  • Increases blood flow.

How does it work?

how shockwave therapy works

The therapist places the tip on the area that requires the treatment.  They apply pressure to the shockwave device, it then creates a shockwave using a mass/projectile (like a mini hammer).  The device produces a radial shockwave that transfers into body stimulating nerves, increasing blood flow and breaking pain cycles!

Is shockwave therapy safe?

The side effects of shockwave therapy are low and negligible (1). Possible side effects are local reddening, mild bruising and migraine. The side effects can be successfully managed conservatively and quick recovery is anticipated.

References

  1. Wang C. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy in musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 2012 (7:11)