Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive way to treat soft tissue, bone, and joint pain in a non-clinical setting, without surgery or anaesthesia. A relatively new treatment to health clinic Victoria BC, shockwave therapy is becoming more and more popular as a gentle but effective treatment.
But what is shockwave therapy, and how does it work? First of all, the therapy works by sending high-energy mechanical pulses to the treatment area. The pulses stimulate the breakdown of scar tissue and fibroblasts ( the most common cells that make up connective tissue) in the targeted area. This helps improve blood circulation in the area, as well as an inflammatory response that promotes and stimulates healing.
Treatments take place typically in a private health clinic, rather than a hospital. The practitioner, usually a technician with speclialized training, applies a gel on the affected area – much like an ultrasound, the gel helps the shockwaves travel through the tissue. A specialized instrument is used to apply the shockwaves, which are applied using a circular motion over the treatment area.
What injuries are typically treated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy? The answer, of course, is just about any soft tissue injury, from tennis elbow to Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles tendenopathy.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injuries that can affect your elbow. Playing tennis is the most obivous cause of tennis elbow, but many other common activities, such as swinging a hammer or house paiting can cause this condition. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist, and shockwave treatment can help.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to your toes, and is a very common source of pain, especially for obese people, or golfers who wear old, or poor-fitting shoes.. Plantar Fasciitis causes stabbing pain occurring in the morning but subsiding as the foot loosens up, but may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Shockwave therapy can help stimulate healing.
Inflammation or irritation of the Achilles tendon often resulting from activities that place stress on the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, it is also associated with a sudden increase in the intensity and frequency of exercise. A dull ache or pain is felt when pushing off your foot during walking or rising on your toes.