Radial Shockwave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment for clients suffering with various tendon, muscle and joint disorders; which may help prevent surgery. The shockwaves created during treatment are used to break down scar tissue, break up calcified tendons and to increase blood flow and healing. The shockwaves are created pneumatically, not electrically. Shockwave Therapy can achieve amazing results for people suffering with chronic pain who have exhausted all other treatment.
Is Shockwave Therapy for me?
Shockwave Therapy has been scientifically proven to help with:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder (frozen shoulder)
- Impingement syndromes
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Acute and chronic soft tissue injuries
- Adductor and hamstring strain
- ITB syndrome
- Mortons Neuroma
- Carpel Tunnell
The sucess rate has ranged from 65% to 91% (Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2012). Many patients experience significant relief after one treatment, while others may require more treatments. The healing of Shockwave Therapy is a cumulative process; therefore patients continue to have results weeks after ending their treatment. Shockwave Therapy produces cellular breakdown and hence a subsequent rebuilding and healing process, for this reason maxiumum relief is usually felt at the twelfth week after the last treatment.
Contraindications to Shockwave Therapy
Our therapists will discuss your relevant medical and injury history prior to any therapy commencing. You may not qualify for Shockwave Therapy if you have any of the following:
- Cortisone injections within the last six weeks.
- Bleeding disorder (eg. haemophilia, Von Willebrand disease)
- Blood thining medications/anticoagulant therapy.
- Heart or circulatory problems (eg. pacemaker)
- Cancer/local malignancy.
- Local tingling or paresthesia.
- Open wound over site to be treated.
- Poorly localised or non palpable area of pain.
- Injection at the site of treatment.
How will the treatment feel?
The treatment can feel uncomfortable but is usually well tolerated. Many clients experience a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after treatment. There may be some soreness or throbbing one to two hours after the treatment session due to the inflammatory response of the body to the Shockwave pulses. This is normal and is your body's way of healing itself and regenerating the targeted area. This discomfort usually subsides after one to two days.
D- Actor treatment is used for soft tissue release. It penetrates deeper into the muscle than manual therapy, and is more effective at breaking down adhesions/scar tissue; therefore can speed up healing.