Debunking Myths about Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy has gained significant popularity in Surrey BC and beyond as a non invasive treatment option for various musculoskeletal conditions. However, along with its rise in popularity, several myths and misconceptions have emerged. In this post, our team debunks these myths and provides clarity on what to expect from shockwave therapy.

Top Myths About Shockwave Therapy

Myth 1: Shockwave Therapy is Painful

One of the common misconceptions about shockwave therapy is that it is a painful procedure. While it’s true that shockwave therapy involves the use of acoustic waves to stimulate healing in the body, the level of discomfort experienced varies from person to person. Many patients report feeling mild discomfort during the treatment, but it is generally tolerable and short-lived. Most practitioners can adjust the intensity of the laser therapy to ensure the patient’s comfort.


Myth #2: Shockwave Therapy is Only for Athletes

Another prevalent myth is that shockwave therapy is exclusively for athletes or individuals involved in high-impact sports. While athletes do benefit greatly from shockwave therapy due to its ability to accelerate recovery from injuries such as tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tennis elbow, it is not limited to them. Shockwave therapy can be beneficial for anyone suffering from chronic pain, sports injury, or injuries related to overuse and aging. The treatment is also a great supplement to spinal decompression therapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, pelvic floor physiotherapy, and more.


Myth #3: Shockwave Therapy Provides Instant Results

Contrary to popular belief, shockwave therapy does not always provide instant results. While some patients may experience immediate relief following treatment, it often takes several sessions for the full effects to be felt. Additionally, the body continues to heal and regenerate tissue in the weeks following treatment, so improvements may be seen gradually over time.


Myth #4: Shockwave Therapy Damages Nerves

Concerns about nerve damage are understandable, given the nature of shockwave therapy. However, when performed by a qualified physical therapist using appropriate techniques and equipment, the risk of nerve damage is minimal. Our practitioners undergo extensive training to ensure the safe and effective delivery of shockwave therapy, minimizing the risk of adverse effects.

What Should You Not Do After Shockwave Therapy?

After undergoing shockwave therapy, it is essential to follow your practitioner’s instructions carefully to optimize the healing process. Some general guidelines include:

  1. Avoid Strenuous Activities: While it’s crucial to stay active for overall health, it’s advisable to avoid strenuous activities or exercises that may exacerbate your condition immediately after shockwave therapy
  2. Limit High-Impact Exercises: Activities such as running, jumping, or lifting heavy weights should be avoided for a few days to allow the treated area proper healing.
  3. Apply Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the treated area can help reduce inflammation to the affected area and alleviate any discomfort or soreness. However, be sure not to apply ice directly to the skin and limit icing sessions to 15-20 minutes at a time


Vestibular Rehabilitation vs. Shockwave Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy aimed at improving balance, reducing dizziness, and alleviating symptoms associated with vestibular disorders such as vertigo and dizziness. It typically involves exercises and maneuvers designed to aid concussion management, strengthening the vestibular system and improving proprioception.

Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy, on the other hand, is primarily used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and muscle injuries. It utilizes acoustic waves to stimulate cellular repair and regeneration in the affected scar tissue, promoting healing and pain relief.


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Shockwave therapy is a valuable treatment option for various musculoskeletal conditions, offering significant benefits with minimal risks when performed by our professionals. Schedule a same day appointment to relieve your pain at a Synergy Rehab near you!