Shockwave Therapy

A non-invasive treatment shown to shorten recovery times

Our most requested treatment!

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

 

A Non-Invasive Treatment to Bring you Back to Your Health Sooner.

Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment used to accelerate rehabilitation in tissue that are having difficulty healing or have a tendency to heal slowly or incompletely. It is an advanced non-surgical technology that is currently one of the only “technology-based therapies” that clinical research studies report as effective.

 

The Shockwave Difference

Research has shown, by using double blind, randomized controlled studies, that Shockwave technology reports a 91% success rate across a number of treatments.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

 

And how does it have a shorter recovery time?

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) uses rapid high frequency acoustic pressure waves (travelling faster than the speed of sound) that are transmitted to the body tissue and specifically, to the painful area via a gel medium. It was initially developed for the treatment for kidney and gallstones.  

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process by stimulating the metabolism and increasing blood circulation to regenerate the damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area for short bouts of time, creating bubbles micro-cavitation that expand and burst. This force that is created by the pulses stimulates cells that are involved in bone and connective tissue healing. It helps to heal chronic inflammation, initiate collagen production, breaks up calcium deposits and facilitates bone growth and more.

 

The Proof is in the Science

The effectiveness of shockwave therapy has been evaluated through double blind, randomized controlled studies for several conditions.

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Improvement for Plantar Fasciitis

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Improvement for Shoulder Calcification Tendonitis

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Improvement in Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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Improvement for Achilles Tendonitis(osis)

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Improvement for Tennis & Golfer's Elbow

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Improvement for Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

 

1. Cellular Level Changes:

There is an increase in free radicals that are created to stimulate the release of metabolites that help reduce pain and resolve inflammation.

2. Reduction in Muscle Spasms:

Studies have shown that there is a reduction in contractile activity of the muscle and neuro-cognitive pain patterns which results in a decrease in myofascial trigger points and muscle spasms.

3. Improved Blood Flow:

SWT stimulates angiogenesis (new capillary activity) in the targeted tissue, causing a redirection of local blood flow to initiate healing and healthier tissue.

4. Pain Reduction:

The shockwaves use a ‘Gate Control Theory’, whereas they act on interneurons in our A-β nerve fibers. This reduces pain levels by blocking the communication of pain to our brain.

 

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

 

  • Non-invasive Treatment

  • Accelerates Healing

  • Non-surgical Treatment

  • Quicker Pain Relief

  • Proven Effective (60-90% chance of healing their injury)

  • Shortens Recovery

  • Initiates Delayed Healing

Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy

 

  • Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain

  • Patellar Tendinitis

  • Trigger Points

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Shin Splints

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Calcific Tendinitis

  • Tendinopathy

  • Bursitis

  • Hallux Rigidus

  • Scar Tissue

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Non-union Fractures

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Golfer’s Elbow

  • Stress Fractures

  • Myositis Ossificans

  • Slow Bone Healing

Shockwave Therapy (SWT)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions is it good for?

SWT can treat a variety of conditions but is most suited for people who have chronic injuries (i.e. greater than six weeks) which haven’t responded to your traditional treatments.

What is involved in a session?

You will be assessed by the physiotherapist at your initial visit to confirm that you are a candidate for shockwave therapy. They will educate you on your condition and what to do in conjunction with your shockwave therapy.

What is involved in my Shockwave Visits and Treatment Plan?

Depending on your condition Shockwave may be performed no more than one time per week. It is usually performed once a week for 3 to 6 weeks, depending on your results. Most treatments take 4-6 minutes to complete.

Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

The treatment may cause some mild discomfort, but it is short term and usually only last 4 to 5 minutes, and your clinician can’t adjust the intensity as per your feedback.

How many sessions what I require?

With acute injuries, most patients require 3 to 6 sessions. In chronic cases, it may take a few additional sessions.

When am I able to resume regular activity?

There is no downtime for recovery, you can return to regular activities the same day.

Is there side effects?

There are no shockwave therapy Affects. Treatments are not invasive and promote recovery of the injured tissue bone or joint pain. Shockwave should not be used if there is any history of cancer, pregnancy or pacemaker.

Is it covered under my benefits?

As our SWT is performed by a Physiotherapist and/or a PTA it can be covered under your Physiotherapy benefits.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

A health care profession that treats a variety of injuries and illnesses so that you may improve your overall health and wellbeing. Through assessment and treatment, it aims to promote, restore and maintain mobility, strength and function through the use of a variety of hands on techniques, exercise and more.

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment used to accelerate rehabilitation in tissue that are having difficulty healing or have a tendency to heal slowly or incompletely. It is an advanced non-surgical technology that is currently one of the only “technology-based therapies” that clinical research studies report as effective.

MASSAGE THERAPY

A health care profession that uses soft tissue technique performed by certified massage therapists to reduce soft tissue adhesions and restrictions to assist with improving range of motion, restoring functional movement and reducing symptoms.

ACUPUNCTURE

A complementary practice that involves stimulating certain points along the body using traditional Chinese meridians using needles. In turn, the stimulation assists with the balance and flow of energy (also known as Qi) to alleviate pain and to treat numerous health care conditions.

SPORT REHABILITATION THERAPY

Therapeutic approach to treatment of sport specific injuries or mechanical dysfunction that assists athletes to effectively treat symptoms and return to optimal performance. An individual comprehensive treatment program begins with the initial goal of reducing pain and swelling; followed by a reconditioning approach including sport specific strengthening to achieve optimal performance. The later end of treatment also includes a focus on preventative management.

PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY

Pelvic health assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions that include and are not limited to male and female incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, post-prostatectomy and more related conditions

GRASTON® TECHNIQUE

GRASTON® Technique is a form of IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization) that combines manual therapy with exercise prescription. The GRASTON Technique utilizes specialized ergonomic stainless steel GRASTON® instruments that massage and scrape the skin gently, followed by specific exercise prescription to enhance the healing process of the dysfunctional tissues.

FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY®

Fascial Stretch Therapy® (FST) is a table-based, pain free assisted stretching technique performed by a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist. FST involves pain free stretching and mobilizations that are combined with breathing to support and relax the nervous system. FST not only focuses on stretching the muscles but also places an emphasis on stretching the vast connective tissue matrix known as fascia.

ALSO

  • Manual/Manipulative Therapy
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Running Assessment
  • Home Visits
  • Bracing
  • Laser Therapy

Nicole's Success Story

As a runner, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with physiotherapists, and I have to say that Julie is by far at the top of my list. Where some therapists will focus on treating the symptoms themselves, Julie always looks to find the source of the problem and addresses that first, which leads to a much quicker (and more permanent) recovery. For an athlete to hear you have to stop moving is probably one of the worst things, but Julie never did that, she would work with me to adjust my training plan to accommodate my injury, and help incorporate the necessary exercises to help the rehabilitation process. On another note, I loved that Julie was always willing to come speak to groups of new (and old) runners to share her wisdom as well as tips and tricks on how to prevent and help heal injuries!

A.R.'s Success Story

I went to see Julie after an Achilles injury and to help with severe foot pain.  By the time I got to the end of my work day walking was almost unbearable and I needed some relief.  Julie really took the time to listen and worked with me to try to figure out the problem and what she could do to bring an end to my pain.  She was thorough, knowledgeable and really cared about me as a patient. Having Julie as your physiotherapist means that you have someone who cares about your overall health.  She looks at the big picture, how each element is connected and really treats your overall well-being, not just the singular area bringing you pain.  She spent her time with me helping to relieve my pain, heal my injury and work on prevention of any future problems.  I am very thankful to Julie for the time she took for me.  I really felt like a person and not a just a patient.  It is very obvious that health is not only Julie’s business, but her passion.

J. Caldwell's Success Story

I cannot honestly say enough about Julie and her amazing bedside manner, as well as her vast knowledge base when it comes to physiotherapy. Julie is one of the best physiotherapists in Durham Region and I’m thankful to have her to help me with any injuries I have incurred as a paramedic. Her care has really helped me to sustain the rigorous demands of my job.

Christie's Success Story

Julie is such a wonderful person with a special gift. I was in so much pain and with a few stretches and a few at-home pointers, it has made the world of difference. And that's not even with constant help. She is the best.

L.P.'s Success Story

I would absolutely 100% recommend Julie (over and over and over again) to anyone.  She cares so much about her patients and takes the time to listen to them.  When I came in with a plantar issue, she helped me not only find the right exercises but also took the time to review all of my other pain points (with having Fibromyalgia) and provided recommendations for those areas too.  This really made me feel important and in a world where everything is so fast paced these days, it was nice to feel like a person and not a patient file number. 
Thank you Julie!!!!

Gloria's Success Story

I can highly recommend Julie. She is a very knowledgeable, kind and caring Physiotherapist.
If I need physiotherapy again, I would only book with Julie.

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