Shockwave Therapy - Active Physio Health

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy provides fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers, makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various injuries causing acute or chronic pain.

Also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions.

An extracorporeal shockwave is defined as a non-evasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held probe. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.

The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.

WHEN CAN SHOCKWAVE THERAPY HELP?

    • Calcifications
    • Myofascial Pain
    • TMJ/Jaw Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Shoulder Pain (calcium deposits, tendinosis, impingement, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder)
    • Elbow Pain (tennis elbow, golfers elbow, tendinosis)
    • Wrist Pain (non-union scaphoid fractures)
    • Back Pain
    • Scoliosis
    • Hip Pain (greater trochanteric pain, tendinosis)
    • Knee Pain (jumpers knee, ligament healing, tendinosis)
    • Hamstring Tendinopathy
    • Quadriceps Tendinopathy
    • Shin Splints
    • Achilles Tendinopathy
    • Heel Pain and Bone Spurs
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Arthritis
  • and more….

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy works by emitting high energy pulses. These pulses of acoustic energy are focused on the target tissues by the handpiece / applicator of the shockwave therapy machine and are believed to cause localized microtrauma that stimulates the bodies natural healing processes. The shock waves are believed to stimulate angiogenesis / neovascularization (new blood vessels) and neurogenesis (new nerve cells). The microtrauma increases local circulation and enhances breakdown of calcifications (calcium build-up).

Does shockwave therapy hurt?

Shockwave therapy should not cause you pain. Occasionally, if the area being treated is already very painful, some increase in discomfort may be experienced during treatment. The intensity of the shockwaves can be controlled by the therapist using the machine in such a way that discomfort can be minimized.

How long is a typical shockwave therapy treatment?

The actual application of the shockwave therapy typically only lasts for around 5 minutes.

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