Radial Shockwave Therapy

Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) is the use of short, intense energy waves travelling faster than the speed of sound. These energy waves stimulate the breakdown of scar tissue and fibroblasts. This process increases blood circulation and initiates metabolic activity, causing an inflammatory response that promotes and stimulates healing.

Over the past several years numerous articles and abstracts have been published regarding the effectiveness of RST. Shockwave is clinically proven to have success rates of 91 per cent for calcific tendonitis, 90 per cent for plantar fasciitis and 77 per cent for tennis elbow.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone. Common sites that can be successfully treated are:

  • Foot – Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs & Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee – Patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee & shin pain
  • Elbow – tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff tendonitis & calcification
  • Hip – trochanteric bursitis
  • Muscles – various trigger points throughout the body and muscle tension
  • Bones-Stress fractures, non union’s(delayed bone healing)
  • Nerves-Morton’s Neuroma

How does shockwave work?

Radial Shock Wave Therapy

Shockwaves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers, particularly in cases where the body has been unable to do it on its own. It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enables damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal. The treatment relieves pain by producing an analgesic effect on the treatment area. Healing occurs over several treatments by initiating an inflammatory response and ultimately vascularization to the area. The high energy acoustic waves that are transmitted through the surface of the skin are spread radially (spherically) into the body and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the area of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee, achilles, elbow and back pain.

Your therapist will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong pneumatic energy pulses for short periods of time. The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in a controlled procedure.

Research has also shown that Shockwave also breaks down calcium deposits.