Friday, June 19, 2015

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy to Treat Tendonitis

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy to Treat Tendonitis - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
Tendonitis is one of the most painful and mobility restricting conditions which is most common in the upper shoulder and lower part of the elbow, although it can also occur in the wrist and ankle. Tendons are the tight, band-like structures that connect muscles to bone.  They come in various sizes throughout the body. When the muscle contracts, the tendon is vigorously pulled.  When functioning normally, these tendons glide easily and smoothly as the muscle contracts. But if the normal smooth gliding motion of the tendon is impaired, tendonitis is usually the result.

Tendonitis occurs when tendons become swollen and irritated due to a buildup of calcium. This can severely compromise one's range of movement and cause pain and stiffness in the affected area. It can also be accompanied by a burning sensation that surrounds the joint around the inflamed tendon, and in some cases swelling, thickening and redness may occur. Tendons become inflamed for a number of reasons, most often the result of overuse, such as continuous vigorous exercise or even prolonged recreational activity, such as gardening or other yard work. While most common in people between the age of 40 and 60, tendonitis is not an exclusive condition and can affect anyone who is involved in an ongoing strenuous physical activity.

There are a number of treatments that can be prescribed for tendonitis, including anti-inflammatory medications, traditional physiotherapy, steroid injections and, in severe cases, surgery. However, many of these treatments do not guarantee results and run the risk of troublesome side-effects. One of the more recent and successful treatments has been Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, which has become an increasingly popular alternative to surgery or prescription drugs. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was originally used as a procedure to treat kidney stones, but its effectiveness has resulted in its re-development for the use in treating chronic tendon conditions.

Here at Academy Massage we have utilized this treatment to positive results.  A probe is placed onto the affected area and shockwaves are delivered through the skin. The shockwaves are felt as pulses which may feel slightly uncomfortable but are not painful. These impulses promote the increase of blood circulation and release essential nutrients which help to repair the injured tissue.

The treatment is performed in our clinic by a trained and qualified practitioner and, as it is a painless procedure, does not require any type of sedation or anesthetic. While it varies with each patient, many experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately. With continued regular treatment patients will find significant or total pain relief and increased mobility which will allow them to enjoy their normal activities.

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