Shockwave Therapy in Richmond Hill and Newmarket

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy delivers a series of high-energy percussions to the affected area using a physical shock, not an electric one. Shockwave therapy produces an inflammatory response in which the body responds by increasing metabolic activity in the area of the pain. This stimulates the healing process and actually accelerates it as well. Shockwave can break down scar tissue and perhaps calcification. At Chiro-Med Rehab Centre we utilize the Zimmer Shockwave Therapy System.

Does it hurt?

Every person is different due to the level of pain they are experiencing so there may be some discomfort during treatment. The intensity of the treatment is adjustable at the beginning of each session so that the patient can experience some analgesic effects.

How long does a shockwave therapy session take?

Each session lasts between five and ten minutes. Most conditions require four to eight sessions and these are done anywhere from three to ten days apart depending on the patient’s tissue response and their tolerance.

Is shockwave therapy covered by OHIP?

Shockwave therapy is covered by most insurance companies. For those without insurance coverage treatment is affordable.

Commonly treated symptoms with shockwave therapy

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonopathy
  • Stress Fractures
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Non Unions
  • Mortons Neuroma
  • Scar Tissue Treatment
  • Hallux Rigidus (stiff toe)
  • Hamstring Sprain / Strain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Non Healing Ulcers
  • Cellulite

Is this treatment for everyone?

No, this is not treatment for everyone. If you are on blood thinning medications this is not for you. Other medical factors that you cannot have if you seek shockwave therapy include:

  • Cancer or diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart or circulatory problems
  • Cortisone injections within the last two weeks
  • Blood or nerve supplies that are too close to the affected area