Trigger-point shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for many chronic pain conditions of the musculo-skeletal system, including muscle strain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, and other chronic myofascial pain syndromes.
Why do chiropractors use trigger-point shockwave therapy?
Tense muscles are represented by trigger points, which are thickened, sensitive points that can produce a feeling of tightness or an achy sensation, both locally and to a nearby area (called pain referral). They may also cause muscle strains and weakness, predisposing the muscle to further injuries.
Shockwave therapy works by introducing a microtrauma to the original site of muscle strain through focused ultrasound waves. As the trigger points recover, the muscles become more relaxed and pain is alleviated.
Author: Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC
* A proper diagnosis has to be obtained for all of the above conditions before an appropriate combination of treatments will be provided. This is just a list of possible treatments for the individual condition but not all of them may be necessary, nor is it limited to those listed only.