We are excited to offer Shockwave therapy to our patients here at Laguna Bay Chiropractic in Noosaville, Queensland. Shockwave therapy utilizes pressure or "shock" waves to provide relief for various musculoskeletal conditions. It's main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration of otherwise
difficult to treat conditions.
Conditions That Respond To Shockwave Therapy
How Shockwave Therapy Works
A Shockwave is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to injures areas of the body. This very strong energy pulse quite literally breaks the sound barrier and the shockwave is formed. The shockwave accelerates healing by stimulating the bodies natural healing responses. Shockwave therapy also breaks up calcifications in the soft tissues that are responsible for many painful conditions.
What To Expect From Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is extremely effective in providing care for certain conditions. There may be a slight discomfort during the treatment which will depend on how much pain you are already in. The intensity of the therapy can be adjusted for your comfort level and most patients don't experience any discomfort at all. Many patients will see some relief in one session but a typical care plan for shockwave therapy is 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks for a total of 6 shockwave therapy sessions OR 1 session per week for 6 weeks, depending on the patients sensitivity. Shockwave therapy is cumulative so each session builds on the one before thus it is important to follow through with a care plan. Shockwave therapy is extremely affordable when compared with other options for care of chronic conditions. At Laguna Bay Chiropractic in Noosa, we charge $65.00 per session for shockwave therapy.
Medical Effects Of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy interacts with the soft tissues causing overall effects of accelerated tissue repair and cellular growth, analgesia (pain relief) and restoration of mobility.
New Blood Vessel Formation: The acoustic shockwaves create micro-ruptures in the tendons and bone. As a result, new blood vessel growth is stimulated. The new blood vessels improve blood supply and oxygenation of the area being treated, creating faster healing of the tendon and bone.
Reversing Chronic Inflammation: Chronic inflammation occurs when the bodies natural inflammatory response doesn't completely shut off. This can cause damage to health tissues and lead to chronic pain. Shockwave therapy increases Mast Cell production leads to an increase and Chemokines and Cytokines which enhance a "healthy" new inflammatory response leading to healing and regeneration of the tissues.
Breaking Up Calcium Deposits: When a muscle, tendon or ligament tears or is traumatized, calcium build up can begin to occur in these soft tissues. Shockwave therapy can be used break up these calcifications which can then be removed by the lymphatic system.
Release Of Trigger Points (Fibromyalgia): Trigger points can be a major source of pain in the neck, back, shoulders and buttocks. Shockwave therapy is used to break up the bi-products of muscle use that form trigger points as well as to open the calcium pumps within the muscle. This reverses the metabolic crisis occurring in the muscle fibers and releases the trigger points.
Pain Reduction: Shockwave therapy reduces pain very quickly by lowering the concentration of "Substance P" in the body. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that is associated with intense and long lasting pain from chronic conditions. Reducing the presence of Substance P and histamines with shockwave therapy can also help reduce oedema.
Check out this video of The Doctors using Shockwave Therapy to treat Plantar Fasciitis.