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Introducing Decompression, Shockwave and Laser Therapies to Wilson Health Services

Pain in a man's body on a gray background.

Man showing painHave you heard the news? Wilson Health Services has added Decompression, Shockwave and Laser therapies to our services. These 3 therapies are often misunderstood, so we’re explaining the benefits of each treatment and what you, the patient, can expect when undergoing treatment and why they aren’t to be feared.

Decompression Therapy is recommended for those suffering with sciatica, and back and neck pain associated with bulging, herniated or degenerated discs who have exhausted all other treatment options.

During treatment, the patient lies comfortably on a motorized padded table. The upper part of the table remains still while the lower part gently moves back and forth to relieve pressure on the damaged disc, and the irritated nerve, which in turn allows the disc to re-absorb water, oxygen and nutrients. A nourished disc is a happy disc!

You may feel a slight stretch in your back or neck, but most patients report it’s a very relaxing therapy. It’s not uncommon to use this therapy session to fit a quick nap into your day! There are no known side effects to spinal decompression therapy.

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is recommended for patients with musculoskeletal injuries resulting in chronic pain for at least 3 months with unsatisfactory response to other courses of treatment. Shockwave-treatable injuries include heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, jumper’s knee, shin pain, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis and calcification, hip pain, stress fractures, shin splits, and nerve damage.

The shockwaves themselves are acoustic waves (think Hertz not Voltage) applied to the skin’s surface above the pain source using a small handheld transmitter. Pain is reduced due to the anti-inflammatory reaction of tissues to the shockwaves. Metabolism and blood circulation are stimulated, causing the body to heal faster than it would on its own. Think of it like a healing rock concert – heavy on the bass.

It’s common for patients who use shockwave therapy to notice their pain lessening immediately, and to find that the healing process is speedy. There are no known side effects from shockwave therapy. Some patients find the treatment uncomfortable, but not intolerable.

Laser Therapy is recommended to patients for a number of musculoskeletal problems including fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, back pain, gout, tears in ligaments, tendons and muscles, nail fungus, and skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Treatment is applied directly to the skin using red and infrared light technology by way of LED lights. It’s important that the light be absorbed by and not reflected off the skin; you could think of it like a disco dance party without the mirror ball. We use class IV laser technology, which penetrates the tissues deeper and treats injuries faster than cold laser technology. Cells and damaged tissues absorb the light energy and change it into biochemical energy which improves circulation, regular cell function, and heals the pain-causing damage faster than the body can on its own.

Laser therapy is a non-toxic, pain-free treatment, with almost no known side effects.

Book a consultation with a professional at Wilson Health Services to find out whether these therapies are right for you: (519) 624-8000

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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, five Registered Massage Therapists, two Physiotherapists, an Acupuncturist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Low Intensity Laser Therapist.


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