Shockwave therapy is more than making waves in the worlds of wellness, fitness, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, and accident recovery. Commonly used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and wellness practitioners to treat musculoskeletal conditions, shockwave therapy is helping countless patients to enjoy faster, more complete healing.
Using shockwave therapy combined with other therapeutic measures like manual adjustments, trigger-point therapy, therapeutic massage, and stretching can be more successful and less invasive than surgery. Shockwave therapy is a holistic approach to healing to address issues at the underlying, cellular level by care providers. Shockwave therapy is considered a preferred treatment for athletes and people with physically demanding occupations due to the fact that they are able to remain physically active during treatments without almost no “slowdown” period. It is advised to take a day off from any strenuous activity to allow your cells to replenish following shockwave therapy, however, this is a big contrast to a treatment option like surgery that can require weeks or months of downtime.
Each therapy session is tailored specifically to the patient and follows a pre-discussed plan. Shockwave appointments typically last 30 minutes from start to finish and most patients will begin with a weekly treatment for the first month to assess how they respond. Shockwave therapy is a pain free treatment, however, that doesn’t mean that this is a sensation-free, or discomfort-free treatment. Few patients do experience a minor level of discomfort during shockwave treatments. There are many factors that go into this including patient pain tolerance, duration of treatment, and existing pain due to injury. For the majority of patients, the discomfort is minimal.
Shockwave therapy uses actual shockwaves delivered in short, high-energy pulses to target the specific tissue in need of healing and restoration. During treatment, each 5-100MPa pulse lasts for a duration of approximately 10 milliseconds.
The wave hits the body at skin surface and from there travels radially into the body to a depth of around 2”. In the body, the pressure waves stimulate metabolic activity and the body’s intrinsic healing mechanism
The mechanical pressure applied during a shockwave treatment primes the tissue for better permeability of the cell membrane. That pressure helps to boost cellular circulation and metabolism to speed up healing and also helps to build something called a cavitation bubble within the cells. When these bubbles eventually collapse, they break down deposits in the specific tissue that needs healing.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
- Hamstring Tendinitis
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Heel Spurs
- Trigger Points
- Infrapatellar Tendinitis
- Non Healing Bone Fracture
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Shin Splints
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
If you have questions about shockwave therapy, come see the experts at Adapt Health Clinic to learn more about this cutting-edge therapy. Adapt Health Clinic in San Jose offers a holistic approach to healing that will help you develop the best plan of action to feel your best. Let’s get to the root cause of your pain or reduced range of motion together. Contact Adapt Health to book your appointment today!