Shockwave therapy is now commonly accepted as the leading treatment for chronic tendon disorders and plantar fasciitis.
A shockwave machine uses an electromagnetic coil to create high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy that travel deep into the body. Extracorporeal simply means that the shockwave is created outside of the body and transmitted via through the skin. In years gone by ultrasound has been used to less effect.
Treatment uses include:
- Tendon pain.
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Tendinitis at the knee
- Rotator cuff pain
- Achilles tendinitis
- Hamstring tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
With more research being done into further conditions at current.
These conditions can be tricky to treat with ‘hands on’ manual techniques, where it is difficult to get to the depth of damage within the tendon, muscle or joint.
Research so far has shown faster healing and decreased pain through the use of shockwave therapy. An interesting area of research is also showing success with bone healing in non-healing fractures.
Shockwave therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis and new nerve cells called neurogenesis. It is believed that the shockwaves created cause micro-trauma which in turn promotes new inflammation and catabolic processes that remove damage and stimulate healing.
Treatment normally takes around ten minutes of your session. The area is first assessed each visit, then prepared by applying a small amount of castor oil rather than commonly sued jelly’s due to castor oil having a better (less) cavitation properties. The shockwave machine is then set up for you and the application head is placed in contact with the area so that treatment can begin. Some tenderness may be felt during the treatment.
After treatment there may be some residual tenderness but icing and taking of ibuprofen is not allowed as this will decreased the effectiveness of the treatment. We want to stimulate new inflammation to speed up healing. Think of any tenderness as being successful.
Shockwave therapy is available to all of our patients where it may be of benefit and is recognised by all major insurance companies. Due to the effectiveness of treatment your session may be slightly shorter due to the increased effect on your body.
Shockwave therapy is being kept at the same price as a standard treatment session; £60 for a new client and £40 for treatment thereafter.
Shockwave therapy is widely recognised and supported by all the major health insurance companies.
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