Shockwave Therapy

Radial Pressure Wave (Shockwave Therapy) -- Helping Improve Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions

Radial shock waves are acoustic waves introduced into the body by means of a transmitter and handpiece. The waves move through the body in outward motion from the point of contact. The point of contact will be moved throughout your treatment to cover the entire pain region. Radial shockwaves are often referred to as radial pressure waves, which is the correct definition in physical terms because it best describes how the waveform moves through the body.

When introduced into the tissue, shock waves and pressure waves have effects on a cellular level that are beneficial for healing. Increased blood flow and formation of new blood vessels create an improved environment for tissue repair. It has further been shown that application of shock waves influences the body's pain regulating mechanisms resulting in local pain relief.

Will it work for me?

Clinical studies have shown improvement of symptoms in the follow conditions:

  • Myofascial trigger points - localized tender or painful area
  • Plantar Fasciitis - inflamed ligament across the bottom of the foot
  • Chronic Tendinopathies - swollen, painful tendons. Ex:
      • Tennis/golfer's elbow
      • Achilles tendinopathy
      • Shoulder tendinopathy & rotator cuff

What are the side effects of Shockwave Therapy?

Side effects could occur after a treatment with radial pressure wave therapy. The majority will appear after 1-2 days. These side effects usually abate after 5-10 days.
Potential side effects include:
  • Reddening
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Heamatoma (bruising)
  • Petechia (red spots)
Speak to your chiropractor before taking any pain relief, medications, or tablets.