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Shockwave Therapy

Relive Physiotherapy Clinic is offering yet another effective treatment option called “Shockwave Therapy”. Unlike its name, Shockwave Therapy does not produce shock and would not hurt you.

Shockwave Therapy is an effective modern and non-invasive treatment option in treating musculoskeletal disorders such as tendon strain and ligament sprains. Therapeutic shockwaves were introduced in the 90's for eliminating kidney stones but originated back in World War 1. Shockwave Therapy uses high and low intensity soundwaves. The high intensity waves are passed through the affected area which in return aids in healing process. The waves help in making your own body release growth factor and increase the blood flow to the affected musculoskeletal area. The low intensity waves help relieving pain by inducing greater oxygenation to the affected tissues through an increased blood flow. So, Shockwave Therapy is an effective treatment option to recover by achieving:

  • Faster healing (through increased metabolism, effective revascularisation, and tissue regeneration)
  • Significant pain relief
  • Restoration of full function and mobility.

  • Clinical evidence indicates the use of Radial Pressure Wave therapy for musculoskeletal conditions that are normally difficult to treat. NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) is a think tank advisory body for all the clinicians has published the effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions most commonly for the connective tissues disorders where the connective tissues are attached to the bone. E.g., tendonitis. The NICE has declared Shockwave Therapy to be safe. For more reading, please visit the following links:

    Treatable Conditions by Shockwave Therapy

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis (Heel pain)
  • Patellar tendonitis (Kneecap tendon pain)
  • Greater trochanteric – insertional tendonitis (hip pain)
  • Certain type of back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder impingement and calcifications
  • Shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • What to expect after the treatment?

    You will normally experience a reduced level of pain immediately after the treatment, but mild, diffuse pain can occur a few hours later. This dull pain can last for a day or two. That is because the Shockwave Therapy initiates a pro-inflammatory stage in the tissue that is being treated which leads to early healing. If necessary, please consider using ice on the treated area(s). Use of any anti-inflammatory medications during the treatment process may interfere with the body’s self-healing abilities and we suggest not to take them.

    It is important to highlight that we would expect positive outcomes following treatment, however there is a chance that Shockwave Therapy may not improve your symptoms. If you like to speak to us about Shockwave Therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 630 750

    Recommended treatment course

    The recommended treatment is at least three sessions for the most positive outcome; this allows the shockwaves to effectively treat the pain centres.