Q & A: Shockwave Therapy
Treloar Physiotherapy is happy to offer Shockwave Therapy (SWT) at both of our locations! At our Kerrisdale site, we’ve recently added the state-of-art EMS+ Swiss Dolorclast Smart 20. More than 80% of the research that validates the effectiveness of SWT is based on studies published on this unit.
What exactly is Shockwave Therapy (SWT)?
Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment used to accelerate rehabilitation in tissues that are typically slow to heal or tend to heal incompletely. It is one of the few ‘technology-based therapies’ that clinical studies have shown to be effective. Essentially, it’s a treatment from a hand-held device that delivers a rapid, high-frequency mechanical vibration, which comes in the form of a Radial Pressure Wave (RPW)
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
These Radial Pressure Waves accelerate the body’s healing in the targeted area resulting in:
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced muscle spasm
What are some of the ailments that may respond well to Shockwave Therapy?
- Elbow pain (Tennis & Golfers elbow)
- Heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Shoulder pain (Calcium Deposits, Tendonitis)
- Knee pain (tendonitis)
- Muscle knots & tightness (Trigger Points)
Why choose Shockwave Therapy?
- Fast & effective
- No medication, non-invasive
- No side effects
What do you experience during the treatment?
- You typically feel a localized deep ache as the machine treats the area.
How Long are Shock Waves applied to the body area?
- SWT treatment duration can vary depending on the nature of the condition and response to the treatment but typically can last between 5-15 minutes
- A full SWT session is booked for 30 minutes which allows time for a proper assessment, identifying the treatment area and post shockwave care & education
How many sessions do I need of Shockwave Therapy?
- It is recommended that SWT be performed 1x/week for up to 3-5 sessions in total