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Shockwave Therapy Is Used For A Range of Chronic Conditions

Shockwave Therapy is used for a range of chronic conditions (pain for over 3 months).  This includes joints, tendons and muscles.  The energy that is transmitted initiates a healing and restoration process within the body. This includes bone and soft tissues such as muscles and tendons.  It can act quickly in some clients reducing immediately while increasing activity.

Shockwave Therapy

How does it work?

Chronic pain occurs when the inflammatory response fails to stop causing ongoing pain through tissue damage.  Inflammation of the tissue involves a number of cells.  The mast cells are key in the inflammatory response and through the application of acoustic energy this can enable the body to increase mast cell activity.  This results in acute pain with the aim of stimulating a normal healing response by breaking up the chronic pain cycle.

Does it hurt?

It can be uncomfortable and if required the setting can be adjusted to a level you find tolerable?  It only takes about 5 minutes so most clients can get through the treatment.  You can get immediate pain relief but soreness for 2-4 hours afterwards is not unusual.  You can go back to your daily activities immediately but we do suggest avoiding any strenuous activity for 2 days following activity.

Which conditions can it treat?

Lower Limb:

  • Plantarfasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Shin Splints
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Muscular pain


  • Lower back pain

Upper Limb:

  • Duputren's Contracture
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shoulder Tendinopathy

When can you not receive treatment?

Shockwave therapy cannot be carried out in those who:

  • Have blood clotting disorders
  • Who take blood thinning medications/anti-coagulants
  • Pregnant women
  • Have had previous steroid injections to the area
  • Have a pacemaker fitted
  • Have an infection or skin abrasion at the site of pain
  • Have tumours present at the site
  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Finally, shockwave therapy cannot be carried out over air filled tissue such as the gut or lungs

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