The Uses and Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Did you know that a high-energy acoustic pulse -- also known as a shockwave -- can actually be a fantastic tool for treating a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions? Shockwave therapy is particularly effective for tendon and joint disorders, and can produce significant results after just three or four sessions.
Visiting a Pickering chiropractor or chiropodist who uses shockwave therapy has many potential benefits. The procedure is virtually painless, non-invasive, produces quick results, requires no anaesthetic, and can sometimes even act as a substitute for surgery.
What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Be Used to Treat?
Practitioners who provide physiotherapy and massage therapy in Ajax have seen that shockwave therapy can be of particular benefit for people who are suffering from insertional Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.
Insertional Achilles tendinopathy is a condition characterized by a degeneration of Achilles tendon fibers at the point where the Achilles enters into the calcaneus. Insertional Achilles tendinopathy is both chronic and acutely painful, and is made worse by running or jumping. Onset is typically gradual and not the result of injury.
Plantar fasciitis is also an acute and chronic foot disorder, and is one of the most common causes of heel and foot pain. In plantar fasciitis, the flat band of ligament known as the plantar fascia, which connects your toes to your heel, becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis occurs commonly in middle-aged people, and in young people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
Shockwave therapy can also be used to relieve many other tendon and joint conditions, including:
• Patellar tendinopathy
• Myofascial pin syndrome
• Subacromial shoulder pain
• Tennis elbow
• Idiopathic lower back pain
• Pseudoradicular lower back pain
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy works by transmitting the energy of radial shockwaves from an applicator to the patient's target tissue. At the boarder of soft tissue and bone or soft tissue and calcification, the speed of the wave changes and energy is released. Shockwaves are capable of blocking neurogenic inflammation, stimulating the release of growth factors, activating mesenchymal stem cells, and stimulating blood circulation.
What Happens During a Shockwave Therapy Procedure?
Shockwave therapy procedures at a Pickering chiropodist or chiropractor office take only 10 minutes. Your specialist will press the shockwave probe up to the area which requires treatment and release the energy directly into the soft tissue underneath. The pulsing sensation created by the shockwaves will not be painful, but you can always ask for the level of intensity to be lowered.
The Physio Clinic @ West Durham is proud to offer shockwave therapy at our Ajax physiotherapy clinic. We are always looking for new treatment options which can provide our clients with effective and lasting pain relief, and we believe that shockwave therapy can prove to be a suitable treatment for many people.
Contact The Physio Clinic @ West Durham if you would like to learn more about shockwave therapy, or if you'd like to set up an appointment for shockwave therapy today.