Patient receiving shockwave therapy by doctor using device.

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is revolutionary new technology which provides non-surgical treatment for many conditions that historically could only be resolved through surgical intervention.

Shockwave Therapy promotes healing of degenerated or injured tissue leading to reduced pain and an increase in joint function.

“Until taking shockwave therapy I was in denial and kept trying to play tennis without moving much.  Pathetic.  I’ve had 3 sessions of five – minute Shockwave therapy and now it’s only age and geriatric deterioration that slows down my running game, not the curse of plantar fasciitis”

Peter Worthington
Toronto Sun

SWT is clinically proven to be effective in resolving and treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular those involving areas where major connective tissue ataches to bone.  Common areas that can be successfully treated are:

  • Foot – plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
  • Knee – patellar tendonitis and shin splints (tibialis anterior muscle strain).
  • Elbow – tennis or golfers elbow.
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff tendinitis and calcific tendonitis
  • Hip – trochanteric bursitis.
  • Muscles – various trigger points throughout the body.

What Are The Advantages of SWT?

SWT is a recent development that is used successfully by health care providers that specialize in musculoskeletal disorders.  As compared to other treatment methods, the advantages are:

  • Quickly reduces pain.
  • No medication is needed.
  • Avoids surgery.
  • No side effects.
  • No risk of allergies.
  • Accelerates healing.
  • Effective for chronic conditions.

How Does SWT Work?

SWT accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms, particularly in cases where the body has been unsuccessful in the past.  It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enable damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal.

Your health care practitioner will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong energy pulses for short periods of time.  The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in a controlled procedure.

What Are The Success Rates?

After 3-5 sessions, over 80% of the patients report a significant reduction in pain.

  • 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis – Journal of Orthopaedics Research 2005.
  • 91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis – Journal of American Medical Association 2003.
  • 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow – Journal of Orthopaedics 2005.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Each therapy session takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes depending on the disorder that is being treated.  In general 3 – 5 sessions are necessary at weekly intervals (usually 1 visit per week).

Give us a call and speak to one of our staff members to see if your condition can be treated by Shockwave Therapy and book your treatment sessions today!

August 1st, 2016

Posted In: Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Shockwave Therapy

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Lower back pain treatment

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months.

Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine.

Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve on its own with self-care and there is no residual loss of function. The majority of acute pain is mechanical in nature, meaning that there is a disruption in the way the components of the back (the spine, muscle, inter-vertebral discs, and nerves) fit together and move.

Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. Typical sources of low back pain include:

  • The large nerve roots in the low back that go to the legs may be irritated
  • The smaller nerves that supply the low back may be irritated
  • The large paired lower back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained
  • The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
  • An intervertebral disc may be degenerating

Identifying the symptoms and getting a diagnosis that pinpoints the underlying cause of the pain is the first step in obtaining effective pain relief.

This short video describes how chiropractors can help find the cause of back pain. They can recommend the right options to relieve pain and keep it from coming back. ~ Ontario Chiropractic Association



July 18th, 2016

Posted In: Chiropractic

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