Shockwave is a safe, non-invasive physiotherapy modality that effectively treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It can be a great alternative to surgical intervention, and can often treat stubborn, recalcitrant conditions.
Treatment involves a Shockwave device delivering acoustic waves to the area requiring healing. This benefits injured tissue in a number of ways. Shockwave reduces pain and improves blood supply while promoting tissue regeneration in muscle, tendon, or bone. Shockwave can also reverse chronic tissue inflammation, stimulate collagen production, reduce calcification and release trigger points.
This is how
we do it
Before undertaking shockwave treatment patients undertake a detailed assessment by a qualified and experienced physiotherapist to determine if shockwave therapy is an appropriate treatment.
Shockwave therapy is done in conjunction with a suitable physiotherapy program, such as an exercise or loading program, and any manual therapy.
We provide the highest level of care and treatment with highly trained therapists using the latest technologies. We also use the world’s best shockwave units, including the Swiss DolorCast and Chattanooga.
Lowers substance P concentration reducing chronic pain
Shockwaves stimulate pain nerves releasing substance P. It’s this substance that causes pain, including slight discomfort during and after. Following intervention, the level of this peptide is decreased, so you’ll note a pain relieving effect.
Improves blood supply and oxygenation promoting tissue regeneration
Shockwaves stimulate growth factors, such as eNOS and VEGF, within the treated tissues, promoting new blood vessel formation. In turn, this increased blood supply and oxygenation promotes new cell growth and tissue regeneration to repair your damaged tendon or bone tissue.
Restarts the inflammatory process to restore normal healing processes
By mechanically activating mast cells to release pro-inflammatory compounds, shockwaves restart the inflammatory process. This helps restore normal healing and regenerative processes, and the inflammation cycle can stop as expected.
Stimulates and accelerates the healing processes
Shockwave activates the main factors involved in the repair process of damaged structures, increasing healing efficiency. Fibroblasts are stimulated and proliferate, glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and protein syntheses increase and new collagen forms.
Breaks up calcification for removal by the lymphatic system
It’s understood acoustic waves break up calcium build-up around a traumatised tendon. And the lymphatic system then removes the granular particles of calcium. As a result, you can expect an increased range of motion, pain reduction, and improved function.
Breaks the circle of abnormally contracted sarcomeres
Shockwave physio applies mechanical energy to relieve muscle ‘knots’. It’s understood that acoustic waves relieve local ischaemia (inadequate blood supply) and break up waste product build up that limits muscle function – breaking the vicious cycle of trigger points.
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