What is Shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions.
Shockwave Therapy is administered using a handpiece which generates a mechanical pressure wave, which is transferred to the human body by an applicator head and which radiates out in the tissue. The shockwaves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.
The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shockwave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.
We most commonly use Shockwave Therapy for the following:
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tight and Hypertonic muscles
- Myofascial Pain
- Bruising and Haematomas due to injury
- Knee pain
- Tennis Elbow
How many Shockwave Treatments do I need?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated, but it ranges between 1-3 sessions. More than 3 sessions in a set period will be doing more damage than good, which is why we offer a package which includes 3 sessions as standard.