How Shockwave Therapy Works

May 27, 2018
We have been using Shockwave Therapy in SW Calgary for five years, and have seen how it can be an effective treatment for many issues. Shockwave can work on any region of the body that is lacking blood flow and has accumulated adhesions and/or calcification, but it is especially effective on tendons. Initially, Shockwave Therapy was created to treat Calcific Tendonosis of the Supraspinatus tendon. With experimentation and research, however, it was found that shockwave can work on a wide range of injuries.
We use Shockwave Therapy to treat Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Trochanteric Bursitis, PatelloFemoral Pain Syndrome, Hamstring Tears, Achilles Tendonopathy, and several other conditions. The mechanism of action with Shockwave is twofold. The machine sends soundwaves through the damaged tissue, which helps break adhesions between muscles and smooth out calcification that might have formed in the area. In addition, because of the specific frequency used in the somewhat painful treatment, the brain is essentially tricked in to thinking that the area has just been re-injured, and begins the acute healing cascade to try and fix the new injury. This includes sending macrophages to eat the damaged tissue, cytokines and interleukins to nourish growing tissue, and fibroblasts to lay down new muscle.
Shockwave Therapy is typically performed once per week for 3-5 weeks. In most cases the patient is fully healed by the end of this timeline, however some patients aren’t fully healed until weeks later. This is because, even though we have stopped treating, the acute healing phase continues for up to 12 weeks, and in that time, repairs the remaining damage. If you are looking for Shockwave Therapy in Calgary, give us a call!