Shockwave Therapy Edmonton
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that is becoming increasingly common in Edmonton. Also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), this procedure uses high-energy acoustic waves to penetrate soft tissues non-surgically, target damaged areas, stimulate new blood vessel growth, and promote regeneration in bones, tendons, and ligaments. Shockwave has emerged as one of the only treatments reliably healing tendon-to-bone or ligament-to-bone junction injuries. You can even use it before and after sporting events. With Shockwave Therapy near you, you never have to worry about muscle spasms.
In Step Physical Therapy is thrilled to announce that Shockwave Therapy is now available in our Edmonton facility.
Conditions Shockwave Therapy Can Treat
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Hip bursitis
- Calcific tendonitis
- Jumper’s knee
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy in Edmonton
- Short-term pain reduction (analgesic effect)
- Long-term pain reduction (tissue healing process & pain memory)
- Reduction of muscle tension & relaxation
- Reduction of calcifications (long-term)
- Better range of motion
- Strengthening of connective tissue
- Cell regeneration process
How the Healing Power of Shockwave Therapy Works
The shockwave used in this therapy exerts a mechanical pressure and tension force on the afflicted tissue.
- This creates an increase in cell membrane permeability.
- Results in increased microscopic circulation and
metabolism within the tissues.
- Promotes healing and subsequent dissolution of
pathological calcific deposits.
ESWT also diminishes pain in three ways.
- First, through hyperstimulation anesthesia — The nerves sending pain signals to the brain become over-stimulated, diminishing activity, thus decreasing or eliminating pain. This effect is usually (but not always) short-lived.
- Secondly, ESWT reduces pain over an extended period by stimulating the gate-control mechanism.
- Thirdly, ESWT is believed to activate a “reset” button that recalibrates pain perception centrally.
What Happens at a Typical Shockwave Therapy
At In Step Physical Therapy, Edmonton, our registered Physiotherapist will first analyze your situation and assess the suitability of Shockwave Therapy to your condition.
A typical treatment session will last between 3 and 5 minutes. It is common to experience mild discomfort during the treatment. However, you can always let the physiotherapist know, and they will adjust the intensity to suit your comfort levels. Ideally, you should feel better in 2-4 sessions. Sometimes, you may need more sessions to experience a cumulative effect of the treatment.
You can easily avail of Shockwave Therapy in Edmonton at In Step Physical Therapy, as it is covered by most health insurance plans today.
Research & Studies Backing Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy has emerged to be a rapidly spreading health innovation that is filling a much-needed gap in the world of injury repair, and as always, In Step Physical Therapy is there to educate and heal clients with the latest research.
- Close to 3000+ scientific publications on Shockwave Therapy have been published.
- It has been well-accepted among many Research Scientists
- It’s an FDA-Approved method.
- Plenty of international ESWT conferences are held annually.
- The success rate ranges from 60% to 80% in epicondylitis, plantar fasciitis, cuff tendinitis, Trochanteritis, Achilles tendinitis, or jumper’s knee.
- Recent studies have demonstrated the modulations of shockwave treatment – including neovascularization, differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells, and local release of angiogenetic factors.
- The experimental findings confirm that Shockwave Therapy decreases the expression of high inflammatory mediators (matrix metalloproteinases and interleukins).
- Therefore, Shockwave Therapy produces a regenerative and tissue-repairing effect in musculoskeletal tissues.
When & How You Can Benefit From Shockwave Therapy
CAUTION: Avoid Shockwave therapy if you have…
- Cancer in or around the treatment area
- If you are using blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin or
- Cortisone injection in last month on injured site
Alleviate Chronic Pain & Accelerate Healing
Unlock Your Body’s Healing Power With Shockwave Therapy