Shockwave Therapy is a safe procedure for clients who are suffering from tendon, muscle and joint disorders. The benefits of Shockwave Therapy are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. This type of therapy is used in orthopaedic, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology, and veterinarian medicine and practices.

How does Shockwave Therapy work? The therapy involves intense, but brief physical energy waves throughout the body. The Shockwave is a high energy wave that targets painful spots and myoskeletal tissues.Shockwaves are analyzed by their change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity. Healing can be hard for individuals who have developed unhealthy and disorganized tissue in the injury area. This is common for people who have certain musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. Shockwave therapy helps stimulate the body’s natural self- healing process which is effective when treating chronic conditions and conditions that reoccur.

What are the perks to Shockwave Therapy? During Shockwave therapy the body undergoes certain medical effects. Some of the effects are Stimulation of collagen production, reversal of chronic inflammation, release of trigger points, new blood vessel formation, and Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts.

What is the typical process for Shockwave therapy treatment? Typical treatments require at least 3-5 sessions. If the condition is chronic then 2 additional treatments may be needed. The time frame of undergoing Shockwave therapy is usually no longer than 5 minutes. During treatment, educational information and post treatment plans are discussed and reviewed.

Does Shockwave therapy hurt? Shockwave therapy can be uncomfortable, but can be tolerated. The five minutes of treatment can be intense, however some patients experience immediate relief of pain after treatment. There may be some swelling and bruising after therapy. Soreness is highly associated with ShockWave Therapy and can last up to 1-2 hours after treatment session. This happens due to an inflammatory response of the body to shockwaves. If pain is present, use a pain reliever that does not have anti-inflammatory properties.

Is Shockwave Therapy for everyone? Before any treatment is administered. An assessment will need to be done to qualify an individual for therapy or determine the level of caution needed. Here are some factors that could disqualify or place serious caution for treatment: Bleeding disorders, Heart or circulatory problems, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer or local malignancy and cognitive difficulties which can prevent an individual from following or understanding directions.Other physical factors that could prevent Shockwave therapy are inflammation or infection of the site of treatment, receiving a cortisone injection in the last 6 weeks, and local tingling or paresthesia. It is very important the all relevant medical and injury history be reported to therapist pre-treatment.

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