Frequently Asked Questions
What does Shockwave therapy treat?
- Myofascial pain
- Trigger points
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle tightness and limited range of motion in the joints
Q: How does it work?
A: PiezoWave (MyACT) uses acoustic waves to target tissues at varying depths that results in a focused, precise, deep tissue massage.
PiezoWave shockwave (MyACT) stimulates tenocytes in tendons, fibroblasts in ligaments and skin, osteocytes in bone, chondrocytes in articular cartilage, and endothelial cells in blood vessels. This leads to improved circulation and pain relief.
Q: What can I expect at my appointments?
A: Each treatment you will be met by your physician or technician who will use the PiezoWave applicator on your body. Ultrasound gel is applied over the treatment area. During the treatment session you and the technician are working together to locate any painful trigger points. The PiezoWave is guided by the technician who works with you as you tell the technician where you feel sensations during the session.
Each session is approximately 25 minutes. After you are done you can get back to your normal activities immediately with absolutely no downtime, nor pain, swelling or any discomfort.
Q: How often should I book appointments?
A: It is important that you are committed to the recommended protocol, which includes at least 4 treatments, booked about 4-5 days apart. It is not recommended that you miss an appointment.
Q: How is it different than ultrasound?
A: Similar to ultrasound, PiezoWave is a non-invasive procedure. However, PiezoWave has the ability to penetrate precise depths beneath the skin between 0.5 mm and 3 cm which is much deeper than standard ultrasound. PiezoWave is especially useful at locating trigger points which are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of muscle. Trigger points generate pain, both locally and in referred pain patterns, and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
Q: How is it different from other “non-invasive” pain relieving techniques?
A: The PiezoWave shockwave also known as Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) system is completely safe and effective. Shockwave is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. Trigger points or decreased range of motion from affected muscles especially in the shoulders, hips and spine are especially helped by PiezoWave. If you have tendon problems in the feet, ankles, calfs, hips and shoulders then PiezoWave is the preferred non-invasive treatment.
Q: Is there any downtime?
A: Absolutely ZERO downtime. During the treatment you will control the intensity of the sensation you feel, no anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.
Q: Are there any limitations to what I can do if I’m treating with ShockWave?
A: No. During the treatment period you can continue your normal activities. It is strongly recommended that you commit to and follow the treatment protocol: stay hydrated (8-10 glasses of water a day), continue to eat healthy and exercise (walk at least 30 minutes a day).
Q: What areas of the body can I use ShockWave on?
A: The PiezoWave MyACT treatment has proven effective results on the hips, shoulders, spine, arms, buttocks, feet and ankles where localized trigger points or tendon problems exist that are resistant to other modalities/treatments including physical therapy and Chiropractic manipulation.
Q: Is it covered by insurance?
A: PiezoWave shockwave treatments may be covered by insurance. Please call the office 310-444-9393 and let our staff help learn what your insurance does and doesn’t cover.
Is it safe?
Yes, there is no risk involved in using the PiezoWave therapy and it is considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as injections and surgery. The PiezoWave treatment is 100% non-invasive. No anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.
Q: Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes?
A: Yes, with some exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, PiezoWave should not be used. Additionally, if you have an infection, tumor tissue, blood clotting disorders, or taking blood thinning medication, then this treatment may not be for you.
Q: Are there any side-affects?
A: The treatment side effects are limited to skin redness (flushed) or minor soreness in isolated cases. Remember to hydrate yourself after a treatment to help flush the body and remove toxins. We recommend at least 20 ounces more than what you normally drink.
Q: Is it effective?
A: Yes, the PiezoWave shockwave treatment is especially useful for acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. We see results that we have not seen with other modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and laser.
Q: How long do results last?
A: By following the recommended guidelines for success, maintaining healthy postures and exercise you can expect long-term results.
Q: How soon after my last treatment can I do the next treatment?
A: You can start scheduling a treatment every 4 or 5th day following your last treatment.
Q: How long does it take to begin feeling results?
A: We recognize that 4-7 treatments may be required to achieve lasting improvement. Some people can feel results after only one treatment session.