Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical technique developed for the treatment of tendon, muscle and joint pain. Shockwaves are sound waves that can heal deep and superficial tissue in the body. The sensation of shockwaves feels more like a strong and deep vibration, as there is no electrical current or shock produced. These super sonic sound waves promote rapid tissue healing and cellular regeneration. It has been scientifically evaluated and numerous studies on shockwave can be found in various medical journals including.
Shockwave Therapy is currently the treatment of choice among professional athletes for chronic pain. At ONE80 Health, we have made this advanced technology available to all of patients from weekend warriors to patients experiencing chronic pain.
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
It is an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment that utilizes acoustic pressure waves to penetrate bone and soft tissue. Shockwave therapy is particularly effective in areas where major connective tissue attaches to the bone – such as the foot, the knee, the elbow, the shoulder, the hip and trigger points in muscles throughout the body.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
The effects of shockwave occur across several levels:
+ Cell Level Change
Shockwave stimulus affects the chemical environment of tissues at a cellular level. This causes changes to free radicals which boost the release of the substances that help to prevent pain and inflammation
+ Increase Blood Flow
Normal blood flow is critical to the healing process, and shockwaves create a revascularization effect. This type of stimulus redirects new blood flow into the affected area which improves soft tissue healing and regeneration.
+ Muscle Tone Reduction
Shockwave treatment reduces the contractile activity of muscle and can also break patterns of neuro-cognitive pain that are associated with chronic conditions. This effectively decreases muscle tone and spasm, and has specific benefits with eliminating trigger points.
+ Pain Reduction
Shockwave pulses directly affect the nerve fibres that transmit pain signals to our brain. Through the Gate Control Mechanism, shockwaves impact the interneurons in the A-β fibers which prevent the communication of pain.
What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Conditions successfully treated with Shockwave Therapy include:
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis and/or Heel spurs)
Patellar Tendonitis/tendonosis (Jumper’s knee)
Achilles tendon pain (Achilles Tendonitis/tendonosis)
Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
Rotator Cuff tendonitis including calcifying tendonitis
Shin pain / tibial stress syndrome
Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
Muscular trigger points
Very tight fascia and muscles
Connective Tissue Pain and Degeneration
TYPES OF SHOCK WAVE TECHNOLOGIES
Electromagnetic cylinders ( Focused Shockwave) vs. Radial Shockwave
Radial shockwave, however, uses pneumatic technology where a projectile is accelerated in its guide tube by high-pressure pneumatic technology. The projectile hits the transmitter at the end of the applicator and emits the shockwave. Radial shockwave is designed for more superficial treatment, is less painful when administered and as a result doesn’t require an analgesic during treatment.
Focused shockwave uses electromagnetic or piezoelectric technology. It was developed to reach internal organs guided by X-ray or ultrasound (medical imaging technique). It requires an anesthetic and very accurate precision when applying it. It reaches a deeper depth than Radial Shockwave.
Find out if Shock Wave Therapy is right for your condition
CAUTION: The above is only a guide and should not be used as a substitute for being evaluated by a regulated health care professional that has experience in managing whiplash associated disorders. If you have any questions about your condition, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. If you feel that this is a medical emergency, please visit your closest hospital emergency department.