Shockwave Therapy and Osteopathy

Shockwave Therapy and Osteopathy

The medical field has had several advances in recent years, like new medicines, therapies, and medical tools. One such advancement is the use of Radial shockwave therapy in the treatment for tendon injuries. Using an EMS Swiss Dolorclast Radial Shockwave machine, high-intensity sound pulses are directed directly to the injured tissues, tendon, muscles, and bone, invoking a healing response immediately, reigniting the bodies healing mechanism.

 This use of shockwave therapy to stimulate healing and relieve pain complements traditional osteopathic treatment and management 

Shockwave therapy has been used successfully for the treatment of different musculoskeletal conditions to reduce pain and improve function. The treatment option is able to target specific sites in the body by directing its energy towards problem areas. 

With the use of radial Shockwave therapy our Osteopaths at Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic are ablet to treat injuries faster and more effectively. Getting our patients back to sport, with longer lasting results.

 

Radial Shockwave therapy is beneficial for a variety of chronically painful conditions, such as:

  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • Bursitis
  • ITB syndrome
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Hamstring tendonitis
  • Chronic trigger points

What is shockwave therapy and how it works

The shockwave is pneumatically generated and delivered via a hand-piece. This hand piece is pressed against the skin and high-intensity soundwaves are transmitted DIRECTLY at the tendon or injury site. 

These shockwaves have a direct impact to the cellular structure of the tendon and surrounding cells. An increase in blood flow,  metabolic activity and local analgesic (painkiller) effect are all positive responses to this treatment process. 

Each treatment session lasts approximately 3-7 minutes. Delivering a rapid 2500 pulsed shockwaves. Approximately 82%* patients report an immediate reduction in pain following the treatment.  While others can take 4-5 sessions to achieve this level of pain reduction. 

 

What to expect during a shockwave therapy treatment

You will be evaluated by one of our osteopaths in order to ensure you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy. 

If you are a candidate, a contact gel is applied to the injury site before the shockwaves are delivered in a precise and targeting manner through the hand piece. 

Each treatment session lasts approximately 3-7 minutes. Delivering a rapid 2500 pulsed shockwaves. Approximately 82%* patients report an immediate reduction in pain following the treatment.  

 

How many Shockwave Sessions Will I need?

As you can appreciate, everyone is unique, and so is your injury. Generally speaking you may need 1-5 treatments, with an average of 3. This depends on your condition and reaction to the shockwave therapy treatment.

Shockwave Therapy and Osteopathy

Benefits of radial shockwave therapy

  • Immediate relief of pain by dispersing pain mediators
  • Non Invasive, with minimal Side effects. 
  • An improved healing process 
  • New blood vessel formation,  improving blood and oxygen supply to the area for healing
  • Improved repair by stimulating collagen production
  • Stimualtion of the bodies healing mechanism
  • Scientifically proven treatment option. 

 

Is it normal to have pain after shockwave therapy?

Some discomfort and soreness may occur in the treated area. This local pain may persist for a short period ( 1-3 hours) after your treatment. Analgesics such as ice or mild analgesics can help you feel better. The pain is manageable, not crippling. In rare circumstances there may be some mild local bruising.

 

Do I need to rest after shockwave therapy?

After your treatment, you should avoid strenuous activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition. Your Osteopath with guide you with specific rehabilitation exercises to compliment your treatment. 

 

What are the contraindications of shockwave therapy?

If you have a circulation or nerve disorder, an infection, a bone tumour, or a metabolic bone condition, shockwave therapy should not be used. 

 

Shockwave therapy should also be avoided if there are any open wounds or tumours present, as well as during pregnancy.

Since practitioners adhere to guidelines and constraints, shockwave therapy has a very safe track record.

 

Final thoughts

Numerous scientific research and randomised control trials have demonstrated beneficial results using shockwave therapy to reduce pain for a multitude of conditions

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, drug free treatment that can reduce pain and speed up recovery. 

 

When combined with osteopathic care, both treatments have been shown to reduce pain levels in patients while speeding up their recovery time.

Don’t hesitate to explore the benefits of shockwave therapy and osteopathy at Equilibrium Sports and Spine Clinic. Book your appointment today!

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