The ‘Shocking’ Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Do your muscles constantly ache? Do you wince in pain every time you get up and move around? If you answered yes, shockwave therapy might be the best solution for you.
While still in its early stages, this type of therapy is an effective method for the treatment of various musculoskeletal diseases; it’s safe, relieves pain, and stimulates your body’s recovery process.
Here, the experienced medical specialists at Evergreen Rehab & Wellness will explain what shockwave therapy is, how it works, and the benefits it provides. Read on to learn more about this innovative treatment!
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Since it’s relatively new, you may be wondering: what is shockwave therapy?
Simple as it sounds, shockwave therapy is a contemporary and popular approach to managing chronic pain using high energy sound waves. During this non-invasive treatment, a device is applied to the skin, allowing acoustic waves to enter and interact with injured tissue. Gel is smeared across the affected area beforehand, allowing the waves to transfer efficiently into your skin.
As your body absorbs and interacts with these waves, it promotes tissue repair in injured or affected areas. The shockwave device itself allows you to control the intensity of the therapy as needed and enables the physiotherapist to tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
Multiple studies have proven that shockwave therapy relieves pain and enhances mobility. Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tendinopathy are just a few ailments that can benefit from this treatment.
How Does it Work?
Shockwave therapy works in multiple ways to reduce pain and promote recovery. It can, among other things:
- Inhibit the production of substance P, a chemical compound that plays a role in pain perception.
- Help to speed up the body’s natural healing process by improving blood vessel function; this increases blood flow and triggers the repair process.
- Activate mast cells, which contribute to tissue repair and wound healing.
- Stimulate collagen synthesis and deposition in specific locations. Collagen is required for the successful healing of damaged tissues, muscles, and ligaments.
- Prevent muscle and ligament damage by reducing inflammation in sore areas.
- Help the recovery process by breaking up calcium deposits in injured areas.
Shockwave physiotherapy treatment is a non-invasive alternative to drugs and surgery, and has several advantages over traditional pharmacological methods.
First, while prescription pills alleviate pain, they do not encourage the restoration of injured tissue, and can have several adverse side effects. Shockwave therapy, on the other hand, has been demonstrated to not only reduce pain but also hasten healing without any secondary effects.
Second, surgery can be risky, and recovery can last for months. Shockwave therapy is simple to administer and usually takes less than ten minutes. It furthermore requires just a few sessions and does not leave you bedridden—you can resume your daily activities right away.
Perhaps the greatest benefit is the price! Indeed, shockwave therapy is a low-cost treatment option, meaning you can start your recovery journey without worrying about breaking the bank.
Up For a Shockwave Therapy Session?
Are you ready to be pain-free for good?
Evergreen Rehab and Wellness is proud to offer just that with shockwave therapy. Don’t wait around—visit our website or call us today (Surrey: 604-498-5859 / Coquitlam: 604-449-5859) to book an appointment and put yourself on a path toward recovery and relief!