How does Shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy involves the controlled application of shock waves to tissues of the body to reduce pain and promote healing by stimulating your body's natural healing and metabolic activity.

Effects on the body:

  • Pain reduction through inhibition of nerve

  • Promotes tissue healing through blood vessel formation

  • Breaks down calcification

  • "Reboots" the healing process

  • Smooth trigger points (knots in a muscle)

What conditions can Shockwave therapy be used for?

  • Shin splints

  • Plantarfasciitis

  • Heel spurs

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Tennis elbow / Golfers elbow

  • Chronic muscle strains

  • Chronic tendon/ligament problems of the shoulder, hip, ankle, knees, elbow

How many treatments are required?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective when applied weekly for 4 to 6 weeks. Each treatment takes approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

Does Shockwave therapy cause pain?

Shockwave treatment is non-invasive and well-tolerated.  There may be some discomfort during treatment, depending upon the level of pain that a person is already experiencing in the area. Most people will experience an immediate relief of pain following treatment. However, within 2 to 4 hours after treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. 

Anything else I need to know?

People not suitable for Shockwave therapy include:

  • Pregnant women

  • Individuals with malignant tumours

  • Individuals with certain acute injuries

A thorough assessment by the physio is required before Shockwave therapy can commence.