Shockwave therapy uses radial pressure waves to stimulate a healing response in chronic injuries. Shockwave has been shown to produce great results in people suffering long term pain such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. It does this by improving blood and lymphatic circulation, reduces pain and muscle tension as well as stimulating the healing response.
How does Shockwave therapy work?
Shockwaves are acoustic waves that you might hear with thunder claps or jet planes. They can transmit energy as indicated by the ability of a sound to break glass! Treatment by SWT is painless and safe. A rapidly moving projectile transmits shockwaves into the treatment head which then transfers the energy into the affected area of the body.
Shockwaves entering the body result in enhancement of neovascularisation at the tendon-bone interface. Neovascularisation (or new blood vessel growth) stimulates healing by introducing blood to encourage healing of the poorly vascularised tendon-bone interface. SWT has been shown to stimulate the release of Fibroblasts for the healing of connective tissue (such as ligaments of tendons) and Osteoblasts for the creation of new bone tissue.
The benefits of Shockwave Therapy may be:
- Clear and immediate pain reduction
- Improvement of range of movement (ROM)
- Removal of calcification
- Stimulation of tendon-bone healing