Shockwave Therapy and Chiropractic Care - Northwest Rehab Group

Shockwave Therapy and Chiropractic Care

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Shockwave Therapy is a great alternative to treatments when chronic issues arise! Not getting much help with chronic shoulder/rotator cuff injuries and plantar fasciitis? This may help!

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is non-invasive non-surgical modality that creates short bursts of acoustic wave pulsations and allows for accelerated healing and advanced repair of injured tissues. Shockwave therapy arose from the concept of breaking down kidney and gallstones through low energy wave pulsations in a non-invasive way. The penetration allows micro-cavitation bubbles to arise, and these bubbles help stimulate bone and connective tissue healing.

What type of Injuries can this help with?

Chronic Injuries such as stubborn tendinopathies, such as rotator cuff injuries, achilles tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, can be assisted in healing the shockwave therapy. Patients with calcific issues such as calcific shoulder tendinopathies and bone spurs are great candidates for shockwave treatments. Chronic muscle pain or tightness can also be loosened up with shockwave therapy.

What are treatments like?

Upon history and physical evaluation by a chiropractor or physiotherapist, it is recommended to come in 1-2x/w for 3-6 weeks, depending on the condition and response to treatment. Other treatments such as soft tissue therapy will be done during treatment. Slight discomfort from the penetration of the probe on muscles can be mitigated with lowering the setting of the machine.There are very limited side effects with shockwave therapy. Some conditions that are contraindicated include: circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumour, or a metabolic bone condition. It cannot be applied to any open wounds or tumours or during pregnancy pregnant.

How can I book in?

You can book online at or give us a call at (604)875-9779 to see if your injuries would benefit from shockwave therapy.

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