What Does a Shockwave Treatment Feel Like?
This largely depends on the area of the body being treated. On large muscle areas such as the lower back and glutes, it will feel like very minor tapping, kind of like a gentle massage. On more bony areas like hands and feet, it will feel like more sharp electric pulses even though no electricity is passing through, it is all high-energy sound waves.
Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain you are already experiencing in the area. This therapy also has the ability to create new blood vessels by initiating an inflammation process, which may create heat and some pain. However, since the treatment only lasts about 5 minutes, most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Most patients will experience immediate pain relief following a shockwave treatment. However, within 2 to 4 hours after treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. Most patients find the soreness relatively mind and find that it doesn’t limit their mobility.
How often can you have shockwave therapy?
The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. We recommend receiving shockwave therapy treatment one time per week for at least 4 – 6 sessions. Depending on how the treatment is going, your therapist will discuss with you about continuing if needing more, or stopping treatment if deemed not beneficial for you.
Is shockwave therapy covered by insurance?
Yes! This therapy is billable under Physiotherapy and is covered under many extended health insurance plans.
How much does it cost?
Current pricing can be found on our services page. The patient would start with an initial consult and then based upon that a number of subsequent visits.