About Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment procedure. It uses acoustic pressure waves which are applied to the affected area using highly advanced equipment with a handheld applicator device operated by our Registered Physiotherapist.
The acoustic pressure waves produced by the Shock wave Therapy equipment are modulated to a very high frequency travelling at speeds faster than sound. These acoustic pressure waves stimulate the affected tissue and bones at a cellular level to produce a natural response in the body and accelerate the healing process. The waves interact in a beneficial manner by breaking up the scar tissue that has penetrated the tendons and ligaments, allowing the natural regeneration of blood vessels and bone cells. What actually happens is that the waves are speeding up the natural healing process by treating or re-injuring the tissue in the affected area in a controlled manner, thereby promoting re-vascularization. Along with augmenting the healing capacity of the cells in the tissue, it also aids in desensitizing the pain receptors, providing immediate pain relief.
The treatment is administered at Ace Physio by a Registered Physiotherapist using the Storz MP200 Radial Shockwave Therapy Machine. Ace Physiotherapy is located in downtown Toronto atthe corner of Yonge and College.
The Storz MP200 Radial Shockwave Therapy Machine achieves these higher frequency levels with a separate air compressor unit, unlike the lesser shock wave therapy machines which use built-in compressor units. In many cases, it has the effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy dramatically increases with higher powered and increased rate of shock frequencies.
In cases where conventional physiotherapy methods have proven ineffective, the application of Radial Shockwave Therapy using the Storz MP200 has been able to produce better results because of the presence of the D-ACTOR® Technology. This technology specifically promotes Biomechanical Stimulation (BMS) and is highly beneficial in the successful treatment of generalized muscle conditions, providing effective pain relief in cases involving myofascial pain syndrome and trigger-point associated pain.
Due to the internal nature of musculoskeletal injuries or pain-inducing conditions related to damaged muscles, tendons and tissues, conventional non-invasive treatment procedures have been known to be ineffective because they cannot successfully influence or reach the affected parts. The unique ability of Shockwave Therapy to penetrate deep within the body through layers of muscular mass and tissue makes it significantly useful in treating these kinds of internal injuries.
Shockwave Therapy gained popularity as one of the preferred treatment procedures for athletic injuries because of its high rate of effectiveness in aiding and stimulating the body’s natural healing process in the recovery of injured muscles, tendons and tissues. Its ability to provide effective and immediate relief from chronic pain was also a major advantage compared to other conventional orthopaedic treatment procedures.
Advantages of Shockwave Therapy?
The primary advantage of Shockwave Therapy is that it is non-invasive, non-surgical and does not require any kind of anaesthesia. In many cases, the patient may experience immediate pain relief and a faster pace of recovery which is greatly appreciated by athletes as well as those who lead an active lifestyle.
As a remarkably safe and relatively inexpensive alternative to surgery,
Conditions effectively treated using Shockwave Therapy:
Shockwave Therapy has been found to be particularly effective in producing recovery results far exceeding expectations in the treatment of the following injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
- Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs
- Shoulder Impingement and Frozen Shoulder
- Trigger Finger
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Shin Splints
- Morton’s Neuroma
- IT Band Friction Syndrome
- Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patella Tendonitis
Popularized as a preferred choice of treatment for sports-related injuries because of its superior success rate as well as the relative absence of any discomfort or pain, Shockwave Therapy has only recently gained mainstream prominence due to its cost-effectiveness and the extremely convenient manner in which the treatment is conducted.
Professional sports people have always relied on its amazing ability to provide the restoration of normal functional mobility in a timely fashion and also on its incredibly quick pain-relieving benefits without the aid of drugs. Since Shockwave Therapy is responsible for the dissolution of calcium and reverses chronic inflammation in the muscle tissue, it activates the body’s ability to regenerate damaged or injured cells thereby producing an optimal environment conducive to natural healing and restores full-functional mobility faster than other treatments.