Introducing Shockwave Therapy
We are proud to introduce Shockwave Therapy as a non-surgical treatment option for our patients suffering from acute, subacute and chronic pain in deep layers of soft tissue, like muscles, bones and tendons. This reparative solution helps restart the healing process in old injuries, resolve chronic inflammation, break up scar tissue, increase mobility and ease pain without the need for painkillers.
At Total Body Chiropractic & Massage, we use the Storz Medical D-Actor 200 model to care for our patients. This equipment provides more versatility when treating various issues, so you can get the best therapy to meet your needs.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Also referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®), Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that sends acoustic waves deep into soft tissues that can’t be reached using standard chiropractic techniques or other tools. It is considered one of the most advanced and highly effective treatment options with an up to 90% success rate in many cases.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave Therapy accelerates or activates self-healing through micro-trauma. By sending intense, short-energy waves traveling faster than the speed of sound to affected areas, this technology can help restart the healing process, especially in those with incorrectly, slow- or non-healing injuries
Shockwave Therapy has multiple beneficial effects on the body:
- Improves nutrient and blood flow to injured areas
- Releases trigger points and muscle tension
- Breaks up calcium deposits and scar tissue
- Increases mobility and range of motion
- Alleviates inflammation
- Induces analgesic (pain-relieving) response that blocks pain sensation
What is the Shockwave Therapy Process?
Shockwave Therapy is typically used after other chiropractic care techniques have been unsuccessful in treating your pain, but before turning to surgical or more invasive options.
Step 1: We will complete a full-body assessment to identify trouble areas.
Step 2: A special gel is applied to the site, making your body more receptive to the shock waves.
Step 3: We will then use the transmitters to deliver the acoustic waves to the deep tissues.
What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?
This treatment option works well for soft tissue structures, like tendons, muscles and bones, and especially in areas where connective tissue meets the bone, like ligaments in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
Because of its ability to reach and heal these areas, Shockwave Therapy may effectively treat numerous musculoskeletal conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain/spur
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Jumper’s knee
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Myofascial trigger points
- Scar tissue treatment
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
How Many Shockwave Therapy Sessions Do I Need?
Generally, Shockwave Therapy will take about 3 to 5 sessions to resolve conditions, but with some chronic injuries it can take as long as 10 sessions for healing to fully occur. And the Shockwave Therapy itself lasts for about 5 minutes. However, depending on the extent of your injury or discomfort, the frequency and duration of your treatment will vary.
While some people will begin to feel noticeable relief within 72 hours of the first session, it is imperative to complete your treatment for proper and total healing. After your initial visit, we will craft a unique treatment plan that you should follow for best results.
Shockwave therapy is not an appropriate treatment option for everyone, especially those who have a circulatory or nerve disorder, infection, a bone tumor or metabolic bone condition, open wounds at the treatment site, pregnant women, and those taking blood thinners.
Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how Shockwave Therapy can get you back to your best life.