Shockwave Therapy or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment for soft-tissue injuries. It is mainly used on chronic tendon injuries however it can be used for other soft tissue conditions, chronic conditions and newer injuries. Shockwave therapy is an innovative therapy that can target specific pain in joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
On average it usually requires 3-6 sessions however some can feel the benefits after 1-2 sessions. Sessions usually take 20-30 minutes.
It is a non-invasive treatment approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and gives significant or total relief of pain in the vast majority of cases.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
Shockwave therapy is delivered directly onto the skin that covers the affected area. Shockwaves are high-energy, audible sound waves which penetrate the skin and radiate as a shockwave throughout the affected muscle, joint or tendon. Shockwave therapy is therefore a targeted type of therapy, only treating the areas that are injured or damaged.
Your therapist will use a handheld device connected to a machine that turns compressed air into sound waves.
They will apply some light pressure and move the device over the area that requires treatment. Ultrasound gel is applied to the skin beforehand to help transmit the shockwaves through the skin.
The sound waves stimulate blood flow to the area which helps to accelerate healing and causes a small amount of localised inflammation. In the days after treatment, the body will work to naturally heal this inflammation, and in doing so, stimulates the repair and regeneration of cells. Damaged or injured tissues then begin to repair and cause the associated pain to reduce (analgesic effect). Shockwaves break down injured tissues and calcifications.
Shockwave Therapy is not allowed when:
Cancer / malignancy / tumours
Steroid injection in the last 3 months
Open wounds, rashes, swollen and inflamed tissues
Under 18 – growth plates
Allergy to coupling gel
Blood clotting disorder or taking anticoagulants (excludes aspirin if less than 75mg daily)
Allodynia – hyperalgesia
Acute ruptured tendon
Early post-operative tendon repair
Over joint replacement / over metal or plastic work
Around Eyes / brain
Over hormone implants / plastic surgery implants
You’ve taken any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen for any reason in the last two days
Please note: if shockwave therapy is added into any of our other treatments an additional cost will be added on.
Packages available for discounted prices depending on the number of sessions you require. Please get in touch for further details
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