Conditions shockwave works for:
Foot and ankle:
Knee and thigh:
Back and neck:
What is Shockwave?
Shockwave is an innovative, non-invasive treatment involving high frequency, short duration, bursts of high-energy pulses that are transmitted into injured tissues. These high intensity pulses of mechanical energy aggravate the injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc.) at a cellular level, which stimulates a healing response.
This force imparted by the shockwave has been shown to be extremely effective in the breakdown of calcium deposits and scar tissue. Decomposition of these can lead to drastically increased function and mobility, and provides an almost immediate relief from pain.
Furthermore, shockwave therapy stimulates cells in your body called osteoblasts and fibroblasts. Osteoblasts are responsible for bone healing and creating new bone tissue, while fibroblasts are responsible for healing connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Ultimately, this treatment strategy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to repair damaged tissue. The literature has shown this technique to be very successful!
Scientifically Proven Results:
91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis
– Journal of American Medical Association, 2003
90% success rate for Plantar Fasciitis
– Foot & Ankle International, 2012
85% success rate for Shin Splints
– American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2010
76% success rate for Achilles Tendinopathy
– The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007
8 times more effective for Hamstring Tendinopathy than regular physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment
– The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2010
What to Expect
Depending on the sensitivity of the injury, some discomfort may result during treatment. If pain is experienced your physiotherapist can adjust the intensity of the therapy, to promote analgesia at the start of your treatment. Granville Physio has also purchased the V Actor applicator which can be provided before the treatment to release the muscles in a gentle way and after to remove waste products, thus reducing your pain during and after your treatment sessions.
Many clients experience a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after treatment. Bruising, swelling, and on rare occasions, skin breakdown may occur. There may be some soreness 1-2 hours afterwards due to an inflammatory response of the body to the shockwave. This is normal and is your body’s way of healing itself and regenerating the targeted tissue.
Long-term pain relief and tissue healing can be expected after only a short number of treatments, and in many cases long-standing, chronic conditions are drastically improved.
Who should not use shockwave therapy?
Relative and absolute contraindications for the use of shockwave therapy include: