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 joint and soft tissue complaints.
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 most commonly treated with shockwave therapy include:
Foot and ankle pain (plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendinopathy)
Shoulder pain (calcification; tendonitis; frozen shoulder)
Knee pain (patella tendonitis)
Elbow pain (tennis and golfers elbow)
Muscular pain (trigger points)
Watch our YouTube video below when we treated chronic tennis elbow, which wasn't resolving with standard exercise or soft tissue work:
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 (e.g. plantar fasciitis and heel spurs). 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 four to six weeks following care.
With the case of our chronic tennis elbow case, this responded really well to Shockwave, and Matt was able to get back to full training after only 3 sessions:
What are the advantages/benefits?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment treatment with very few side effects or complications:
A safe procedure, confirmed by NICE* guidelines
Strong clinical results/evidence-based*
May prevent a need to have surgery
No need for anaesthesia
Short treatment sessions lasting just 10-20 minutes
* 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 four to six 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:
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 qualified chiropractors prior to a course of care to determine the site of injury and also examine any possible underlying causes*
A course of care will be recommended based on the findings, with most conditions requiring an average of 4-6 weekly sessions. 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 4-6 weeks 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.
For new clients
please allow up to 60 mins
including assessment and first treatment
Standard shockwave treatment
please allow up to 20 mins
Discussed at first appointment
please allow up to 20 mins