Shockwave Therapy – what is it and how does it work?

What is shockwave therapy? 

Whether you have plantar fasciitis, achilles problems, tennis elbow or an injury that won’t heal, shockwave therapy can help.

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT),  is a non-invasive therapy that uses low-frequency, acoustic shockwaves generated via a handheld device. This kick starts the body’s natural healing response in tendons and muscles that may not have responded to medication, rest or other therapies.

This advanced therapy, is now available in Leeds and can kickstart your recovery. Shockwave Therapy has been shown to be very effective for problems such as Achilles, Patella and Rotator Cuff tendons. It is one of the most evidence based therapies for these kind of problems and has a success rate of between 80-90% of people gaining significant benefit from receiving treatment with Shockwave Therapy.    

If you have tried rest, medications, other therapies or even steroid injections to overcome your injury, then Shockwave Therapy could be a good option for you.

How does it work? 

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy uses a pneumatically powered handpiece that generate low frequency radial shockwaves, which are transmitted to the site of the injury through a conducting gel to ensure optimal treatment results..

Most patients report notable pain relief immediately after therapy, however it is normal for the pain relief to be accumulative and it can take between 4-6 sessions to achieve significant pain relief. The shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process and this is stimulated for 10-12 weeks after the  prescribed course of shockwave therapy.

Shockwave Therapy works even better when coupled with rehabilitation to the injured area, and addressing any underlying cause of the problem. This helps prevent any recurrence of your problem. 

The way Shockwave Therapy works to achieve its remarkable results are through a process called mechanotransduction which causes a chain of biochemical reactions that help to regenerate your tissues. It also gives great pain relief that enables you to progress through your rehabilitation easier with better muscle activation. 

If you want to know if this can help you please get in touch on 0113 286 0333 and speak to one of our specialists Physiotherapists.