Benefits of Using Shock Wave Therapy
Shockwave therapy offers an exciting, non-invasive alternative to surgery. Shockwave Therapy or SWT works by producing acoustic waves that carry high energy to musculoskeletal tissues and painful areas using a physical shock rather than an electric one.
Shockwave therapy allows for faster healing and regeneration of the tissue and can be applied to patients suffering from acute or chronic pain. At Chiro-Med Rehab Centre we utilize the Zimmer Shockwave Therapy System.
One of the exciting benefits of Shock Wave Therapy is the limited time you will need to invest in the sessions. Generally, sessions last from between five to ten minutes depending on your level of discomfort or pain during the treatment. Of course, the intensity can be adjusted at the beginning of the session, and each patient has a slightly different reaction and pain threshold. We recommend a course of four to eight sessions in order to feel the results. Depending on your comfort level, each session could be spaced anywhere from three to ten days apart. This represents a limited time commitment for the pain that you have probably been living with for a long time.
Surgery is invasive and the recovery time is often long, slowing down your lifestyle and daily activity. Plus, there’s no guarantee that the surgery will successfully correct your specific condition. For patients hoping to avoid surgery, SWT offers a noninvasive alternative. With SWT there is no significant recovery time. Most patients report some pain within a 24-hour period, and this can be attributed to your body’s natural healing process. We suggest that you avoid any vigorous activity during the 24 hours after your treatment session.
Ditch the Painkillers
The beauty of Shock Wave Therapy is that the results are effective without the need for painkillers which bring their own set of complications and side-effects. We concentrate on the trigger points in the back, neck, and shoulders that are the common causes of pain. The acoustic energy that is delivered in shocks unblocks the calcium pump and releases the trigger points, releasing the pain your body has been holding onto.
Eliminate Calcium Buildup
Micro tears and damage to tendons can often be a result of calcium buildup. Shock Wave Therapy breaks up the existing calcifications. Scar tissue can be broken down in the same manner. Shockwave therapy produces an inflammatory response in the body. This causes an increase in metabolic activity in the area that has been treated, both stimulating the healing process and speeding it up as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for Shock Wave Therapy?
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, SWT may be a successful treatment for you:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Stress Fractures
- Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Non Unions
- Mortons Neuroma
- Scar Tissue Treatment
- Hallux Rigidus (stiff toe)
- Hamstring Sprain / Strain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Non-Healing Ulcers
At Richmond Hill Chiro-Med Rehab Centre, we’re ready to help you find noninvasive treatments for the chronic or acute pains that are holding you back from living your best life every day.