- Shockwave Therapy + Physiotherapy Assessment
Shockwave Therapy (SWT), is occasionally referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). These terms are referring to the same thing and are therefore interchangeable.
The energy delivered by SWT is not electrical. It is a rapid high frequency mechanical vibration in the form of a Radial Pressure Wave (RPW).
The radial pressure waves cause several changes to the target tissue.
A cellular increase in free radicals stimulate the release of natural metabolites that help prevent pain and resolve inflammation.
Quality blood flow is essential to tissue healing. Shockwave Therapy has been shown to stimulate angiogenesis (creation of new capillaries) in the target tissue. This redirects local blood flow to the area resulting in healthier tissue and improved healing.
Research has demonstrated that SWT can reduce contractile activity of muscle and break neuro-cognitive pain patterns resulting in decreased muscle spasm, and elimination of myofascial trigger points.
Shockwaves act on interneurons in our A-β nerve fibers preventing communication of pain to our brain. This is known as the Gate Control Mechanism and it has been shown to effectively reduce pain levels.
Stated simply, shockwave therapy allows us to use the body’s natural response to acute injury in order to stimulate a healing response in tissues that are either slow to heal, or in which healing has stalled.
Some common conditions that are treated with SWT are listed below. However, at Cornerstone, an experienced physiotherapist will assess your condition to determine the likelihood that SWT will have a meaningful impact on your recovery.
I struggled with plantar fasciitis for over a year. I had to stop running and had pain every day. I tried everything and was skeptical that anything would help. Four shockwave treatments and I am cured. I honestly still can not believe how well it worked. If you have a stubborn injury – try it!
To determine if SWT is right for you we will assess your condition. We will only recommend you proceed with shockwave therapy if we feel it will make a meaningful difference to your rehabilitation.
Based on the findings of your assessment we will recommend a treatment plan including the ideal shockwave parameters, frequency of treatment and any additional exercises or stretches you need to be doing between treatments.
We will use our state-of-the-art Storz Shockwave System to deliver your treatment. Most treatments take 4-6 minutes to complete.
We will provide you with information on what you should and should not do between appointments to get the best possible results.
Shockwave Therapy creates mild pain during treatment that typically does not continue afterwards. Most patients tolerate this pain well, and our physiotherapists can adjust the intensity of the pulses to ensure you are comfortable with your treatment.
Unsure if our services are appropriate for your problem? We offer a complimentary phone consultation with a registered physiotherapist to discuss your issue and provide honest advice about treatment options.Call us at (416) 595-5353