What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy (SWT), also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a safe, non-invasive form of treatment that involves applying a rapid succession of low energy pulses directly through the skin to an area of concern using an applicator.
Shockwave Therapy stimulates an inflammatory response where applied. This is the body’s natural healing response and is used to heal an injury or chronic pain. Due to this response, you may experience slight discomfort, soreness, or tenderness for a few hours to a couple days following your treatments.
Shockwave Therapy is used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, often involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Shockwave is a great option for connective tissue conditions that don’t respond well to traditional forms of treatment.
What does Shockwave Therapy do?
The projectile in the Shockwave applicator is repeatedly compressed by air, transmitting a resulting shockwave force to the tissue. This shockwave creates a sudden increase in pressure followed by what’s known as a cavitation bubble. When this bubble of negative pressure collapses, it creates a force that have the overall medical effects of accelerating tissue repair and cell growth, increasing mobility, and analgesia (pain relief).
Shockwave Therapy should not be used if there is any infection, bone tumours, metabolic bone conditions, or any circulation or nerve disorders. Shockwave Therapy should also not be used if there are any open wounds, during pregnancy, or for individuals using blood-thinners.