Shockwave therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for those suffering from many chronic tendon and joint disorders. Our Calgary chiropractors and physiotherapist are fully trained in the use of Shockwave therapy. The machine works by sending acoustic energy waves into the soft tissues or bones, which causes a controlled micro-trauma in the affected tissue. This micro-trauma essentially re-injures tissue on a cellular level, and results in the break down of scar tissue that has built up in the area. The controlled re-injury of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels, muscle fibers, and bone cells, which leads to faster healing and less pain.
Shockwave therapy is an effective modality in the management and elimination of pain. Shockwave is effective because the acoustic energy waves applied during treatment stimulate an increase in metabolic activity in the affected tissue. The Shockwave can break down calcific deposits through the production of cavitation bubbles, and its analgesic reaction mechanism helps reduce pain signals.
Anyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy, especially athletes. Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from chronic injuries including hip pointers, rotator cuff tendonopathy, tennis elbow, patellar and Achilles tendinopathies and plantar fasciitis.
Relative and absolute contraindications for the use of shockwave therapy include:
- Blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin
- Heart or circulatory problems
- Cancer in or around the treatment area
- Nerve or blood supply being too close to the site of treatment
- Cortisone injection in the area to be treated less that one month prior to shockwave therapy