Shockwave Therapy – What is it and why would i need it?

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Freedom Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre is delighted to offer Focused Shockwave Therapy, a non-invasive treatment that will enhance and reset the healing pattern in stubborn conditions that are slow to repair.

Generally 3 – 6 sessions is sufficient as a course of treatment, if combined with a structured loading/strengthening programme of exercises.

What is it?

Therapeutic shockwaves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones without causing skin injury, over 20 years ago. Coincidentally, bone healing and accelerated tissue healing were discovered as side effects in the adjacent area submitted to the shockwaves.

That happy coincidence prompted decades of research into how shockwave therapy can be helpful in conditions where tissue repair is slow or stubborn

What is it good for?

These conditions are great candidates for shockwave therapy and are now often thought of as the first line of attack when treating tendon related pathologies.

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Planta Fasciopathy
  • Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis
  • Shoulder Tendinopathy
  • Hamstring Tendinopathy
  • Gluteal Tendinopathies

How does it work?

Focused shockwaves have a higher energy density and faster impulse compared to Radial Shockwave devices. Focused shockwaves target deeper tissues more precisely, delivering all of its energy within the tissue.

Local painful spots, Chronic Insertional Tendinopathies, Bone Stress injuries and deep Trigger points are therefore best treated with focused shockwaves.

Penetration depth can be modified using stand-offs and can reach up to 12.5cm

Shockwave Therapy Machine

What Does it do?

Shockwaves create increased cell membrane permeability which allows old, damaged and weakened cells to be removed and replaced with healthy viable cells

Shockwave produce a counter irritation at the dorsal root ganglion decreasing the pain signal and closing the theoretical pain gate.

Increased blood circulation leads to an increase in the oxygen content and a reduction in carbon dioxide in the tissues which stimulates the healing process.

Does it Hurt?

Your Physiotherapist Laura Cattell will discuss the treatment with you prior to starting.

Patients usually say they can feel a pulsing against the skin during treatment.

Patients tend to report some soreness a few days after the session but this is manageable. Shockwave Therapy is most affective the more treatment you can tolerate. Tissue repair in a condition that is stubbornly not healing is the goal.

Where is the evidence?

Shockwave therapy research has been going on for decades and it is clinically proven and recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Feel free to give us a call on 01534 888180 or Contact us today and speak to one of our clinicians about whether Shockwave Therapy is right for you.

Shockwave Therapy Machine
by Laura Cattell

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