Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is radial shockwave therapy?

Radial shockwave therapy is a noninvasive therapeutic technique that relies on low-energy waves or pulses to treat an array of musculoskeletal conditions by relieving areas of extreme muscle tension and “trigger” points, and by promoting circulation and other natural healing processes. The waves are applied through the skin using a gel medium, very similar to the way an ultrasound exam is performed. Radial shockwave therapy is based on the same technique used to break apart kidney stones, but it uses a much lower frequency. Most patients benefit from three or more sessions, depending on the injury or condition that's causing their symptoms.

What conditions does radial shockwave therapy treat?

Radial shockwave therapy is used in conjuction with physiotherapy to treat a variety of conditions, especially those affecting deeper tissues, conditions involving trigger points or highly focused tension that can be difficult to treat with massage techniques, and chronic and recurrent conditions that don't respond well to massage. These include conditions like: 

  • plantar fasciitis 
  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • knee injuries including patellar tendinitis 
  • calcific tendinitis 
  • tennis or golfer's elbow 
  • rotator cuff injuries 
  • heel spurs 
  • shin splints 
  • Morton's neuroma, a painful condition affecting the toes 
  • hip bursitis 

Radial shockwave therapy is especially effective in treating conditions that develop where a muscle or ligament attaches to bone. 

What are the benefits of radial shockwave therapy?

Radial shockwave therapy helps stimulate the body's natural healing responses so patients can find relief without relying on drugs or turning to invasive procedures. It works by stimulating circulation and cellular and nervous system activity associated with tissue regeneration and healing, as well as breaking down adhesions that can result in painful trigger points. Radial shockwave therapy also stimulates a natural analgesic effect to reduce pain. Studies have shown the technique offers an array of additional advantages, including: 

  • fast reduction in painful symptoms 
  • promotes speedy healing 
  • no risk of allergic reactions that can occur with medications 
  • no side effects as can occur with drugs and anesthesia 
  • no incisions 
  • effective for both chronic and acute conditions 

Plus, radial shockwave therapy can be customized for each patient's needs simply by altering the number, duration and strength of the waves as well as the number of treatments for truly individualized care based on every person's unique needs and objectives. Contact The Health Network in London, Ontario today for more information.