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The Non-Invasive Shockwave Therapy

Sound can produce a significant amount of energy. The creation of audible, high-energy waves occurs throughout nature organically. One example is when a bolt of lightning flashes through the air there is a shockwave known as thunder. The idea of shockwaves is nothing new to the medical world. In fact, the utilization of shockwaves has been present since the 1980s as a means of a non-invasive treatment for breaking apart kidney stones. The human body does an excellent job repairing itself from injury. However, depending on several variables, it can take far longer than you may be comfortable with. Shockwave therapy is used in soft tissue areas of the body in order to stimulate the healing process by stimulating the area of concern. By stimulating the body into boosting its levels of inflammation around an injury or by laying down more stimulating tendonous connections, your metabolic rate increases, as does blood circulation. Due to this, additional nutrients and oxygen are transported to the area of need, allowing it to regenerate tissue faster. All of this is possible with the non-invasive shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis and more.

Medical Conditions Treated with Shockwave

There are dozens of medical conditions potentially treated by the usage of shockwave therapy. Some of the more common medical conditions treated by shockwave therapy include:

  • Golfers and Tennis elbow

  • Achilles tendon problems

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee)

  • Shoulder pain, such as rotator cuff

  • Continual back, neck, and shoulder pain

  • Shin splints

  • Muscle tension

How is Shockwave Therapy Performed?

The treatment is localized to determine the exact source of the pain. From there, a gel is applied to the skin in order to allow the shockwaves an easier time moving into the body (similar to an ultrasound). The generator then produces the shockwaves, which move through the painful area.

The Success of Shockwave Therapy

Following the third shockwave session, more than 80% of all patients report at least a significant level of pain reduction, all the way to being completely pain free.

How Long Do Shockwave Sessions Last?

The exact length of time is going to vary based on the location of the injury and the severity of it. However, most therapy sessions will last anywhere from five to 10 minutes’ time and one session per week for two to three weeks (depending on when you are pain free).

Burrard Physiotherapy

To learn more about shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis, please contact the team at Burrard Physiotherapy today!

Burrard Physiotherapy
1190 Hornby Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K5

(Corner of Hornby and Davie
above the BG cafe)
Tel: 604.684.1640

7am - 6:15pm Mondays to Fridays
8:30am to 3:00pm Saturdays