What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy service is a non-invasive treatment which involves the delivery of high velocity acoustic waves to injured soft tissue. It is used to reduce pain and promote healing, leading to a faster recovery.
How does it work?
Shockwave therapy uses a safe acoustic wave which carries high energy to injured and painful areas in the body. The waves assist in accelerated tissue repair and pain relief by increasing blood flow and growth cells important for healing to the area. We use these affects to get you moving pain-free sooner and back into doing the things you love.
How long does it last?
Research suggests pain relief for up to 16 months for epicondylitis (tennis & golfers elbow), plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, achilles and patellar tendonitis.
BENEFITS OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY:
Drug free pain relief
Treats chronic conditions
Only 3-6 treatments required
Reduce recovery time
Short treatment time
SOME COMMON INJURIES WE TREAT WITH SHOCKWAVE THERAPY:
Tib Post pain
Plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain)
Rotator cuff injury
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Gluteal + Hamstring tendonitis
Medial epicondylitis (Golfers elbow)
What can I expect from a shockwave treatment?
The number of treatments required varies based on condition and response to treatment. As treatment effects are cumulative, you will typically require a minimum of 3 treatments. Your treatments will need to occur within 3-10 days apart for intended therapeutic effect.
Will it hurt?
As the process involves stimulating growth factors in the area, Patients often report discomfort or mild pain during the treatment. As the treatment itself only lasts for around 5-10 minutes, any discomfort is short lived and tolerable. The intensity of treatment is adjustable and your practitioner will always make sure you are comfortable throughout the session. After the treatment you may experience some short-lived soreness which is tolerable and should not limit you in any way.
Are there any restrictions after the treatment?
With certain conditions your practitioner may advise you to avoid aggravating activities in the first 48 hours to help with the healing process. This will always be outlined prior to commencing your treatment.
What are some contraindications of Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy may not be for you if: You have recently had a cortisone injection in your affected area (within the last 12 weeks) If you are on blood thinners If you have a bleeding or coagulation disorder If you are pregnant If you have a pacemaker If you have been diagnosed with cancer or have a tumour If any of the above apply to you it is important to first discuss this with a trained practitioner before commencing Shockwave treatment.
Can I claim the treatment on my private health insurance?
Yes, you can claim the treatment on your private health insurance the same way you would for a regular physiotherapy appointment.