Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, and sports medicine that provides fast pain relief and restores mobility. It is an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain. Contact Sunup Physiotherapy in Edmonton, AB today to find out more about our shockwave therapy and how we can aid you in your recovery process.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
New Blood Vessel Formation
Nutrient blood flow is necessary to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary micro ruptures in tendon and bone.
Reversal of Chronic Inflammation
Mast cells are one of the key components of the inflammatory process. Their activity may be increased by using pervasive acoustic waves.
Stimulation of Collagen Production
The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary precondition for the repair processes of the damaged myoskeletal and ligamentous structures. Shockwave therapy accelerates procollagen synthesis.
Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts
Calcium build-up is most often the result of micro-tears or other trauma to a tendon. Acoustic waves break up the existing calcifications.
Dispersion of Pain Mediator “Substance P”
Substance P is a neurotransmitter that mediates pain information through the C-fibers. This neuropeptide is generally associated with intense, persistent and chronic pain.
Release of Trigger Points
Trigger points are the principal cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulder and limbs. Delivered acoustic energy unblocks the calcium pump and thus reverses the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments and releases the trigger points.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone. Common conditions that can be successfully treated are:
Calcific Tendinitis of Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Upper Back Pain
Myofascial Trigger Points
Lower Back Pain
Greater trochanteric Pain
Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy
IT Band Syndrome
What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy has been known to:
What to expect for a shockwave therapy treatment
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment.
The application is simple and easy.
Initiate therapy in 3 steps: