Shockwave therapy helps improve function and movement in your joints and muscles. When the acoustic waves of the shockwave machine penetrate the deeper tissue of our body, it can help break up scar tissue and improves blood flow to the area.
Shockwave Therapy works at a cellular level to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Relaxes the muscles
- Stimulates bone regeneration
- Breaks the pain cycle
What is Shockwave great for?
Shockwave is great for:
- Heel Pain
- Joint Stiffness
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Calf Pain
- Knee Pain
The Science Stuff
Tendons (such as achilles tendinitis)
Regeneration of the tendon through the acceleration of blood flow to the area.
Bones (to stimulate healing of complex non union fractures)
Activates bone forming cells which stimulate bone building cells.
Muscles (to help release muscle trigger points and muscle tension)
Through improvement of blood flow, acceleration of healing occurs with muscle relaxation and waste removal – which can occur after physical activity and injury.
Cartilage (to help with arthritis progression)
Reduces the rate of cartilage degeneration.
What to expect?
Most people feel immediate pain relief on the day. Some mild discomfort may occur 24-48 hours after treatment as the injured area starts to heal itself. This is much like the soreness experienced after a deep tissue massage.
Most people will get significant pain relief and greater mobility in 3-6 sessions, and we always recommend this treatment in conjunction with other treatments such as strapping, orthotics, footwear modifications and a strengthening program.
Want more information?
Where can I learn more?
If you are still wanting more information, read our blog.
Combining shockwave with orthotic therapy
Orthotic Therapy can be a recommended part of the treatment pathway if there is a structural or functional reason you are in pain. Shockwave Therapy can be used in conjunction with orthotics to help provide pain relief and to promote healing. Read more about combining these therapies on our blog.
Chronic heel pain – why shockwave works
Shockwave can help speed up the healing process and improve pain for patients suffering from chronic heel pain.
Shockwave and the Achilles Tendon
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY is proven to increase the healing properties of the tissues and decrease the levels of pain within the Achilles region. This treatment is very successful and can speed up your recovery.
It is not indicated for everyone however your Podiatrist may recommend this therapy as part of your treatment pathway.