If you suffer from chronic conditions (this means that you've had them for 3 months or more) such as plantar fasciitis in your foot, achilles tendinosis, patellar (knee) tendinopathy, hip bursitis, tennis elbow or shoulder tendonitis, shockwave therapy could be the answer you've been looking for.
Why not book a FREE consultation to see if shockwave could help you?
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non surgical intervention which uses acoustic waves to deliver high energy to painful areas. The energy is created within a hand piece and is delivered to the soft tissue via a transmitter at the end of the applicator. You'll need 3-6 treatments at a rate of 1 per week, depending on your condition and response to the treatment. You may feel relief after only 1 treatment.
So... how does it work?
The energy which is transmitted into the tissues initiates a healing response within the body. This response encourages repair and restoration within bones, tendons and other soft tissues. It also creates a neurological response which decreases pain. Shockwave therapy can reduce pain and increase mobility within tissues almost immediately.
But I've been in pain for ages, can it really help me?
Ok, time for some science! Chronic pain happens when an inflammatory response fails to stop, this causes damage to healthy tissue and ongoing pain. The bodies inflammatory response involves various different cells. Cells called "mast cells" are key in inflammatory responses. Mast cell activity can be increased by using acoustic shockwaves. By increasing mast cell activity we turn a chronic pain into an acute pain with the aim of this new acute pain then healing normally. Basically, we cut the chronic pain cycle.
So yes, even if you've been in pain for a long time shockwave therapy may be able to help you. Up to 80% of people who have received shockwave treatment report an improvement in symptoms.
Does it hurt?
Shockwave therapy can be uncomfortable but we can adjust the level of shock you receive to make sure you are able to tolerate it. Also, treatments generally take less than 5 minutes and most people are able to tolerate any discomfort for this time. It can give immediate pain relief afterwards but you may experience some soreness in the treated area 2-4 hours afterwards. This is normal! Some bruising or redness after your treatment is also normal. None of these should be limiting with regards to your daily activities. You can go back to work etc immediately afterwards but we don't recommend doing any strenuous activity/exercise involving the treated area for 48 hours
Is there anyone who can't have shockwave treatment?
Shockwave therapy cannot be carried out in those who:
Have blood clotting disorders
Who take blood thinning medications/anti-coagulants
Have had previous steroid injections to the area
Have a pacemaker fitted
Have an infection or skin abrasion at the site of pain
Have tumours present at the site
Are under 18 years of age
Finally, shockwave therapy cannot be carried out over air filled tissue such as the gut or lungs.
Which conditions can it treat then?
Shockwave therapy is indicated in cases of:
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Muscular pain (hamstrings, calves, arms etc)
Lower back pain
If you are not sure if shockwave can help you, contact me using the form below with some more information or book a FREE consultation now!