Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial Shockwave therapy has been shown to be a non-invasive, safe and effective way to treat various long term orthopaedic (joint and soft tissue) complaints that have not responded to conventional methods of treatment.

How Does It Work?

A handheld device generates a pulse of mechanical energy (known as a shockwave) into the part of the body that is damaged or injured. The shockwave passes into the tissue and initiates an inflammatory response in the area being treated, increasing metabolic activity, breaking down injured and calcified tissue, and encouraging the development and growth of new, healthy tissue. Most shockwave sessions take around 2000 pulses or approximately 10-20 minutes.

What Can It Help?

Radial Shockwave Therapy provides treatments to patients suffering from a range of chronic conditions that are notoriously difficult to resolve. Conditions that can be treated with radial shockwave include:

Foot and ankle pain (plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendinopathy)

Shoulder pain (calcification; tendonitis; frozen shoulder)

Knee pain (patella tendonitis; bursitis)

Elbow pain (tennis and golfers elbow)

Muscular pain (trigger points)

Does It Work?

The reported rate of clinical success is between 77 and 80 percent worldwide for most conditions, however some respond better than others. Our assessments will also look to identify and address any underlying contributing causes of the problem to prevent a recurrence if possible. Treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after four to six weeks of sessions, with most benefits usually seen within eight to twelve weeks following care.

What are the advantages/benefits?

Shockwave therapy may eliminate your need for surgery and has fewer potential complications. It is a non-invasive treatment with:

No need for anaesthesia

Short treatment sessions lasting just 10-20 minutes

A safe procedure, confirmed by NICE* guidelines

Strong clinical results/evidence-based*

* National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines IPG376, IPG313, IPG312, IPG311, and IPG21.

What are the disadvantages/risks?

There are very few disadvantages or side effects to treatment, however some of these may include:

Discomfort during treatment, however intensity of treatment is moderated for each client to minimise.

Pain or discomfort for a few days following treatment due to the body’s inflammatory response.

Results are cumulative and can take 8-12 weeks to obtain full effect.

Treatment may not always be successful, and in this case surgery or referral may be an option.

Who is not suitable for Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Treatment is normally suitable for most people, but not if any of the following apply:

Are pregnant

Have a tumour (at/near the site of treatment)

Have an infection at the site of treatment

Are undergoing anticoagulation therapy

Have a pacemaker fitted

Have had recent steroid injections (within the last 12 weeks)

Are under 18 years of age

You must be assessed by one of our chiropractors prior to a course of care to determine the site of injury and also examine any possible underlying causes. The type of initial consultation depends on whether you are an existing customer or not (please see below). A course of care will then be recommended based on the findings. Most conditions require an average of 4-6 weekly sessions, although this can vary depending on the type of complaint and how long you have had it. A follow up phone call will then be arranged for 3 months later to check on progress.

You must be able to commit to at least 4-6 weeks of care to get the best results. Please ensure you can do this prior to booking.

New Client Consultation

Haven't seen one of our Chiropractors in the last 2 years

please allow up to 60 mins


including first treatment

Existing Client Consultation

Have seen one of our Chiropractors within the last 2 years

please allow up to 40 mins


including first treatment

Follow-up Treatment

Have had a first appointment and commenced a treatment plan

please allow up to 20 mins


You can book your treatment by calling our reception team at the relevant clinic on our contact page, or online if you are confident which type of appointment you require.

Other Services

For more information about the types of services we offer, please see What We Do, or our Contact page.