Help your body heal itself faster
Shockwave therapy is delivered by trained and fully insured practitioners for the treatment of muscle pain and tendon pain.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment for stubborn tendon injuries which expect positive clinical outcomes and immediate reduction in pain intensity.
"Shockwave" refers to a soundwave impulse directed into the tissue via a compressor.
There are two different types of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
Radial shock wave therapy
- Penetrated 3-4cm
- Slow impulse
- A large area of treatment
Focused shockwave therapy
- Penetrate 12cm or more
- High Impulse
- Focused area of medicine.
What does shock wave therapy do?
Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment for painful musculoskeletal injuries such as tendons and muscles. It can be used as an alternative to anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain. Shockwave Therapy aims to kickstart the body's natural healing process by:
- Increasing cell wall permeability.
- Stimulation of Microcirculation (Blood, Lymph)
- Release of Substance P Neurotransmitter responsible for pain modulation.
- It is a potent vasodilator, causing significant hypotension.
Shockwave treatment results in the following medical effects
- New blood vessel formation for faster healing
- Remodels injured tendons that have not healed properly
- Reduces pain by breaking down inflammatory markers
- Breaks down small calcified deposits in chronically painful tendons
- Dispersion of bitter chemicals such as substance P
- Release of trigger points in muscles
What can be treated with Shockwave Therapy eswt
Shockwave therapy is primarily used to assist in the pain relief of tendons such as plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendon. It does this by relieving the pain intensity over 4-5 treatments at weekly intervals. Additional treatment may be needed depending on the patient's pain tolerance.
- Conditions it can treat
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Shoulder Tendon pain
- Calcific tendinitis
- lateral epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Gluteal tendon pain
- Chronic Trigger point pain
- Running overload injuries
In Clinical practice, shockwave therapy is used to treat chronic conditions unresponsive to traditional treatments such as stretching and strengthening or steroid injection.
While radial shock wave therapy is excellent at relieving pain intensity, it must be used in conjunction with a progressive strengthening program to help the healing process. This combination therapy increases its success rate and helps our patients return to usual activities.
Frequently asked questions
Too much load, walking or running to far.
Not enough rest – walking or running very frequently.
Too much too soon – increased running or walking distance too quickly.
Over time our natural tendon elastic recoil (Spring) reduces leaving it suceptible to injury.
Painful and stiff in the morning.
Loosens up at the beginning of exercises.
Painful in the hours after exercises or the next day.
Pain getting progressively worse.
Has not healed correctly, or settled down enough to start to heal
Is not strong enough
Not enough time doing exercises or doing exercise wrong
Exercises not heavy enough – tendon like to be strengthened with heavy weights.
Not address other compensatory issues away from area of pain.