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Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is a form of treatment that has been clinically proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic, persistent pain conditions. It is widely used among high level athletes, including
AFL clubs to treat a number of musculoskeletal disorders.

What is shockwave therapy?

A hand-held probe is applied directly over the injured area which transmits high intensity acoustic waves through the skin to the underlying tissues. Changes in the tissues occurs at a cellular level, enabling the body to create an optimal healing environment through:

  • Pain reduction
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Stimulation of collagen, and
  • Dissolution of calcium build up

There may be some initial pain, followed by numbness and then a reduction in pain.

Medical Benefits

Neurovascularisation Ingrowth - Increasing dilation of blood vessels to increase blood flow which facilitates healing of the tissue by promoting fibroblasts, collagen organisation and help with the removal of inflammation.

Stimulation of Collagen and Tissue Regeneration - The mechanical stress of shockwaves help stimulate pro-collagen synthesis to increase tendon regeneration and repair.

Reducing Pain - Resonance created by the shockwaves help with dispersion of substance P and histamines from the nerves which causes a direct reduction of nerve irritation, which can lead to an immediate decrease in pain.

Dissolution of Calcium Build Up - The acoustic waves generated by the shockwave handpiece helps break up existing calcifications due to calcium build up as a result of micro-tears or trauma to a tendon.

When would I need Shockwave therapy?

For patients suffering chronic conditions (3 months or longer), shockwave therapy can be performed. Treatment sessions are 15 minutes in duration; unless your Osteopath recommends you combine Shockwave Therapy with an Osteopathic treatment.

Common conditions include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
  • Gluteal tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Patella tendinopathy
  • Rotator cuff/shoulder disorders
  • Shin splints
  • Osgood-Schlatter/Severs Disease

Depending on your response and condition 3-5 sessions are most beneficial.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy produces a measured high amplitude wave frequency that results in a resonance effect generated by kinetic energy from the shockwave handpiece. The resonance (or shockwave) penetrates deep into the injured area causing microscopic interstitial and extracellular effects which help stimulate tissue regeneration and a healing response by the body.

Does Shockwave Therapy hurt?

In many instances, there will be an immediate reduction in pain, as well as improved mobility and functionality. However, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain and discomfort during and after treatment
  • Swelling and numbness of the skin over the treatment area
  • Bruising




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