Shockwave Therapy: What you Need To Know

March 2, 2018
Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a form of therapeutic treatment used in physiotherapy for fast pain relief and mobility restoration. It’s a common treatment used by many clinics. Patients are often concerned once they hear the word “shockwave.” However, you can relax. Shockwave is just another term for sound waves.

This treatment option is a non-surgical and safe method that will have you feeling better after a few sessions. Knowing the kind of treatment you’re getting also helps to make you feel even more relaxed.

Learn more about shockwave therapy through this blog.


Shockwave Therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy has been around since the 1980s. For people suffering from acute or chronic pain, shockwave therapy is used to reduce pain. The procedure usually takes five to ten minutes with little to no discomfort. Shockwave therapy has been clinically proven to improve your quality of life and ease any aches.

How does it work?

Shockwave or sound waves is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to aching spots and certain tissues with a series of chronic conditions. This energy triggers regeneration and the reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues in the body.

When the sound waves are introduced to your body, the blood is stimulated and increases acceleration and metabolism. A few sessions of shockwave therapy and your body will heal at a quicker pace than someone who has not went through shockwave treatment.


Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy medically affects the body in ways such as:

  • It creates new blood vessel formation
  • Reverses the effects of chronic inflammation
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Release “trigger points,” which are the cause of various body pain
  • They break up calcifications (calcium build-up), which is often the reason for tendon traumas.

What can be treated using shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy can treat various chronic pain such as neck pain, muscle tension, heel pain, tendon insertion pain, achilles pain, etc.


Shockwave Therapy

What are the steps?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment. No surgery of any kind is needed. Therapy is usually initiated through these steps:

  • Step 1: Locating the area of the treated
    The area to be treated is located through palpation in order to be accurate with the therapy.
  • Step 2: Applying the gel
    A special kind of gel is applied to the area; this is essential so the sound waves are transferred smoothly and properly.
  • Step 3: Begin therapy
    A shockwave applicator is lightly pressed against the area to be treated and a start button is pushed.

Modern research has proven the success of shockwave therapy in relieving pain. Effects can be felt after only two to three sessions.

Posted in Therapy by Sophie Ruiz