Shockwave Therapies

Every patient is unique, and no two approaches to treating a condition should be exactly the same. At Unpain Clinic, we begin with a thorough analysis of what brought you to where you are today, to identify the underlying causes.

Patients are usually surprised with the treatment plan we present, because it goes beyond treating the symptoms: we go after the root causes. Often the results extend far beyond the pain that led them to our clinic.

We use a range of modalities, sometimes in combination, to achieve the targeted results, applying the regenerative capabilities of acoustic wave technologies and our therapists’ deep understanding of human physiology.

What is True Shockwave™ Therapy?

True Shockwaves™ (also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT) are sound waves that reach deep into the tissue, and can immediately provide pain relief and mobility restoration while stimulating regenerative healing at the cellular level.

An extracorporeal shockwave is a true shockwave, in physical terms. Initially used for breaking up kidney stones (lithotripsy), extracorptoreal shockwaves were noted to increase the density of nearby bones without harming any healthy tissues around them. Through research, it was discovered that the shockwaves could stimulate stem cell growth and trigger a healing response in many different applications.

Extracorporeal shockwaves travel up to 12.5cm deep into the body with no loss of energy and have been observed to penetrate tissues up to 20cm deep with some energy loss. As a result of the accuracy, depth and low impact at application, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is excellent for the treatment of chronic tendinopathies, complex pain, open wounds and bone fractures.

While a Radial Pressure Wave is created through mechanical forces, True Shockwaves™ are created using either a electrohydraulic, piezo-electric and/or electromagnetic wave generator in combination with specially formulated liquids. Because of how the wave is produced, it travels much deeper into tissue with greater precision, less energy loss and less pain.

What is Flashwave®?

Flashwaves® are the latest evolutionary leap in extracorporeal shockwaves, with each impulse carrying a greater number of joules per shock than any other extracorporeal shockwave device presently on the world market. The Flashwave® applicator has a larger focal zone, providing a treatment that is more precise and more comfortable overall.

All Flashwaves® are shockwaves; however, only specialized shockwaves are Flashwaves®. Because of the energy carried with each ‘flash’, this technology has been specifically indicated for complex musculoskeletal, urological, diabetic and aesthetic conditions. Flashwaves® are effective for stimulating muscle activation and communication with the brain, re-programming movement patterns and stimulating muscle fibre growth. Clients who have received Flashwave® Therapy have reported gains in lean muscle mass of several pounds after a single treatment.

Flashwave® Therapy was introduced to Canada in May 2019. UnPain Clinic is the first North American clinic to offer Flashwave® technology to its clients, and the technology is quickly attracting the attention of practitioners nationwide. Interested practitioners can learn more via the authorized distributor of Flashwave® in North America, I Love Shockwave.

What is Radial Pressure Wave Therapy?

Most clinics promoting “Shockwave” therapies in reality use Radial Pressure Waves also known as Radial Shockwave Therapy. Radial Pressure Waves are mechanical sound waves applied at the surface of the skin and used to treat tissues up to 4.5 cm deep. Although Radial Pressure Waves are technically not shockwaves, many Canadian clinics refer to their use as Shockwave or Radial Shockwave therapies.

Unpain Clinic uses Radial Pressure Waves in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes to promote muscle smoothing and in conjunction with True Shockwave™ or Flashwave™ treatments.

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