Shockwave Therapy

treatment for soft-tissue injuries

an innovative therapy that can target specific pain in joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments – approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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.

Common Conditions Treated:

Plantar Fasciitis

Achilles Enthesopathy

Achilles Tendonitis

Jumper’s Knee (Patella Tendonitis)

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfers Elbow)

Rotator Cuff Calcifications

Posterior Tibial Tendon Disorder

Peroneal Tendon

Quadriceps Tendon

Sub Acromial Pain Syndrome

Biceps Tendon

Proximal Hamstring

Distal Hamstring

Back Pain

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

Infected area

Acute fracture

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

Cardiac pacemaker

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


Shockwave Therapy


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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