Shockwave Therapy Explained

Shockwave technology was first used for medical purposes to break up kidney stones without the need for surgery. Using pulses of high energy that could be delivered safely on a focused area, the stones could be broken into a fine powder.

It soon became apparent that this level of focused energy improved metabolism and promoted new blood vessel formation, accelerating the body’s own natural healing process in inflamed tissue. In other words, the shockwave stimulated the healing of tissue that has not healed spontaneously.

What happens during your appointment

Unless you have been referred to us by a hospital specialist or physician for specific treatment, we will have assessed your condition during your initial consultation and discussed with you how the treatment will take place.

Your treatment will be undertaken by a therapist who has been trained in how to pinpoint the area of pain and deliver shockwave therapy to the required area. As well as their shockwave expertise, they are also qualified physiotherapists, so fully understand the various medical issues associated with pain in a particular point of your body. They are also trained to ascertain your medical history to ensure that the therapy is appropriate for you and what outcome(s) you might expect.

On the day of your appointment, the process is very straightforward:

  • Using a hand held module connected to the shockwave machine, the shockwave is delivered to the tissue via electro-magnetic “direct focusing” technology exerted by the module.
  • The shockwave concentrates on the exact area where pain occurs.
  • This stimulates the growth of a network of capillaries (small new blood vessels) to which the body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes.
  • In term of scar tissues, the shockwaves are high energy waves able to break scar tissues and calcium deposits.
  • Also the shockwaves stimulate the regeneration of a healthier connective tissue such as tendon and ligament.

Partial pain relief is often felt immediately with permanent healing occurring within 4-6 weeks of the last session.

A course of treatment usually requires at least three sessions, each taking about 15-20 minutes.

Shockwave therapy has no long term side-effects. While some short-term discomfort is felt during the treatment and tingling or numbness over the treatment area of treatment, most people can return to their regular activities almost immediately, although some may need to avoid heavy strenuous activities for a day or two.

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