Shockwave Therapy is on the rise as a treatment for tendon injuries, as many realise the benefits and results it. With the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) confirming the safety and effectiveness of the treatment, the NHS are now allowed to use shockwave therapy to help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain by addressing the root cause and treating the cells of the affected area. It is a non-invasive treatment that requires delivering shock waves to injured soft tissue, which increases circulation. While many hesitate at the name of the treatment, shockwave therapy decreases pain by encouraging the body to heal and jump-starting the process. It can be particularly useful in treating sports injuries and is often a go-to in the recovery process because of the fast-acting, significant results.
As shockwave therapy becomes more and more popular, we want to put you in the best care for your treatment. This can be alongside Osteopathy as combined sessions or simply standalone, with patients usually requiring between 3-6 sessions depending on the severity of the condition. In your session, Jackie will apply a gel to the area of pain and press a probe onto your skin to deliver the treatment to you, similar to an ultrasound. The EMS Swiss DolorClast Smart20 will be used- one of the best shockwave machines available today. We believe that everyone deserves the best treatment they can possibly have, so we make sure that our equipment is above the average standard in the market.
With a success rate of more than 87%, shockwave therapy proves to be a cost-effective way to manage pain and accelerate healing. Clinical evidence from health committees suggest shockwave therapy is an innovative treatment method, particularly effective for those attempting to manage pain stemming from chronic musculoskeletal diseases and common tendon problems. Studies that follow up on shockwave therapy patients after several weeks of treatment show significant improvements in functionality and quality of life, as well as alleviated pain. With this research in mind, you can look forward to returning to full fitness and enjoying everyday life, free from pain. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones or getting back to the gym, shockwave therapy provides the prospect of returning to life before pain.
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Some patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately while others take several weeks to respond. You may notice a reddening or swelling of the area with some patients experiencing a brief increase in pain. It may take several weeks to see the overall benefit with continued improvement for up to 12 weeks.
Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) and Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions, approved by NICE guidelines.
A shockwave is defined as a non-evasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held probe. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.
The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.