What is Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive acoustic wave that emits high-energy to specific areas of chronic or damaged musculoskeletal tissue or bone to help restart the healing process. The basic science behind it is that it helps reverse chronic inflammation, promote blood flow, break down calcium deposits and help stimulate collagen fibre production. However, all you need to know that it can reduce your pain and increase your range of motion and function. A typical shockwave session can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on the level of scar tissue, stiffness, or pain.
Conditions treated by Shockwave Therapy
- Shoulder calcific tendonitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel Spur
- Tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Patella-femoral Pain Syndrome
How many sessions will I need?
In many cases, people feel instant results. Results can vary from a decrease in pain or an increase in range of motion or function. It is recommended that patients receive a minimum of 3-4 visits, spaced out at one week apart so that the tissue has time to recover. This also allows a window of opportunity for you to perform your strength and mobility exercises after the shockwave unit has helped repair the damaged area, so no slacking off!
If you are interested in adding shockwave to your physiotherapy sessions or are wondering if shockwave is right for you, click the “Book Now” button at the top of the page or contact us here at Headon Physiotherapy.