The Not-So-Shocking Truth about Shockwave

By Colleen Lum LVT

What is shockwave?

Does it involve attaching clamps to my dog and sending electrical jolts through his body? NO! In fact, Shockwave Therapy (also known as Acoustic Compression Therapy or Extracoporeal Shockwave Therapy) actually involves the use of sound waves or acoustic waves. These sound waves meet at a focal point in the target tissue (muscle, joint, tendon, etc.) and produce an intense, extremely short duration pressure pulse that delivers therapeutic massage in areas difficult to reach by other methods. This therapeutic massage can help with managing chronic and acute pain as well as assist with healing.

What kind of conditions can ACT help with?Mia ACT

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Muscle repair (iliopsoas strain)
  • Delayed healing of fractures
  • Wound healing
  • Tendonitis (biceps, supraspinatus)
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Chronic back pain