Modern technology has paved the way for the use of more innovative and effective approaches that address muscular and ligament pain. One of the increasingly popular physiotherapy services is shockwave therapy. It is a non-invasive treatment used to alleviate discomfort and pain due to injury and accelerate the healing of tissue. Many of our patients have experienced a drastic reduction in muscular or tendon pain and increased mobility, with many reporting an improvement after the first treatment.

Shockwave therapy, also referred to as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is an excellent way to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It has been effective in treating the conditions below:

  • achilles tendinitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • peloton tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • shin splints
  • chronic neck dysfunction
  • lateral epicondylitis
  • medial epicondylitis
  • calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles
  • lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain

Many patients suffering with the conditions listed above have turned to shockwave therapy because it’s effective and affordable. There is also no surgery or anesthesia required and there are very few side effects. Shockwave therapy is effective because it stimulates the body to produce collagen more quickly. Collagen is essential in myoskeletal and ligament repair.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy stimulates tissue in the body using mechanical energy. During a shockwave therapy session, a physiotherapist will use a shockwave therapy machine that uses an acoustic wave to transmit energy to specific pain areas of the body affected by acute or chronic conditions. This therapy is highly effective because it uses far less energy than many other medical appliances. Shockwave treatment has proven to be an excellent method for treating chronic pain and is a good alternative for people with certain conditions that have not responded to more conventional types of treatment.

Shockwave therapy accelerates the body‘s natural healing response by exposing the injured tissues to shock waves. This increases the formation of blood vessels and allows more nutrients to be delivered to the affected area to repair the tissue and relieve pain.

How is Shockwave Treatment Applied?

Kinetic energy generated by compressed air is carried through the transmitter located at the end of the applicator, which is gently pressed against the skin. This stimulates the tissues and accelerates a regenerative process inside bones, tendons and soft tissues. During your first appointment, a physiotherapist will assess the pain and your muscular condition to determine if you’re a good fit for shockwave therapy.

The physical therapist will also take time to explain your condition to you and how shockwave treatment works. Typically, shockwave treatment is administered once a week for 3 to 6 weeks. How your body responds to the therapy will determine how many sessions are required. There can be mild discomfort during treatment sessions, which last 4 to 5 minutes. And depending on your comfort level, you can also adjust the intensity of this treatment.

Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy 

Fortunately, shockwave therapy side effects are mild, and shockwave therapy recovery time is limited to just a few days. Since shock therapy stimulates an inflammatory response, there may be mild, temporary soreness following shockwave therapy and tenderness and swelling in the days following the treatment.

This is completely normal and it indicates that the body is beginning to heal. Any anti-inflammatory remedies like ice packs or taking anti-inflammatory medication should be avoided as this may interfere with the body‘s natural healing process. We also advise that you refrain from intense physical activity the day of your treatment.

Avoid Shockwave Therapy With These Conditions

If you have a nerve disorder or circulatory disorder, shockwave therapy is not the best choice for you. Other conditions that do not do well with shock therapy include:

  • an infection
  • bone tumor or a metabolic bone condition
  • open wounds or tumors
  • if you are pregnant
  • using blood any blood thinning medication
  • suffer from severe circulatory disorders

Why Choose Knead Wellness for Shock Therapy 

You don’t have to suffer with muscle pain. Everyday tasks can be incredibly difficult with regular muscle pain, but this is where we can help. Knead Wellness has a long-standing history of providing our patients with the utmost care. We care about how you feel and prioritize your needs by offering safe and effective treatments to address pain and discomfort caused by acute and chronic conditions. All our physiotherapists are licensed and experienced with shockwave machinery and therapy.

At Knead Wellness, you are more than just a patient. We are invested in your health and go the extra mile to ensure you experience relief from your symptoms. Contact our team and we’ll let you know if shockwave therapy is the right choice for you.