What is Shockwave Therapy?

by | Oct 20, 2021 | The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center Blog

Patients seeking a safe, non-invasive treatment for pain and mobility issues should consider shockwave therapy. This innovative therapy is used in a broad range of applications to promote healing without medications or surgery. At the Rubin Chiropractic Health Center, we offer shockwave therapy for the treatment of many different injuries and conditions.  

Understanding Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that can provide relief from pain and limited mobility. During the treatment, a small applicator is used to deliver shockwaves to the affected area. Shockwaves are sound wave pulsations, which may also be called acoustic waves. The energy of shockwaves can when transferred to the treatment area with a specialized device, stimulate healing in the targeted area. These shockwaves travel from the transmitter to the tip of the applicator, and then to the body. 

Common Shockwave Therapy Applications

The device used in shockwave therapy has a small applicator. This makes it an effective treatment for injuries and conditions impacting many different areas of the body. Some of the most common conditions treated by shockwave therapy include:

  • Tendinopathy
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Tennis elbow
  • Heel spurs
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Calcifications

Shockwave Therapy for Soft Tissue Damage

One of the main applications of shockwave therapy is for damaged soft tissue. Whether due to a chronic condition or an injury, soft tissue damage can lead to significant pain, discomfort, and a lost range of motion. There are several ways in which the high energy spike delivered in shockwave therapy can help heal soft tissue injuries, including:

  • Faster tissue repair
  • Greater blood flow
  • Increased mast cell activity
  • Improved inflammatory process
  • Faster collagen production to add density and strength to tendons for injury prevention

The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center in St. Petersburg, Florida provides shockwave therapy for the treatment of a variety of injuries and chronic pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!