Shockwave is a therapy that works by sending shock waves of compressed air through an applicator into body tissues. Shockwave therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for tendon and soft tissue injuries. In particular, it has high level evidence for being effective in treating achilles, patella and rotator cuff tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, calcific tendonitis, tennis elbow and shin splints.
Shockwave therapy is thought to work by a number of physiological effects. Shockwaves influence tissues on a cellular level, promoting the release of pain reducing and inflammatory inhibiting substances. It is thought that shockwaves increase cell membrane permeability metabolically which allows old, damaged cells to be removed and renewed with healthy viable cells. Shockwave therapy promotes blood flow to the target tissues further influencing healing and tissue regeneration. It may also help release muscular trigger points and normalize muscle tension.
If your physiotherapist thinks that shockwave therapy is a good treatment option for you, they will instigate a course of treatment on your specific area. The number of treatments on average is 4-6 sessions but this may vary depending on your specific injury and its severity. Your physiotherapist will review the clinical outcome at the end of your course of treatment and advise you if any further treatment is required. In some instances, they may give you some exercises to help fully rehabilitate the injury.
If you are interested in knowing more about shockwave therapy or booking in a treatment session please contact us on 82841193.