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What is Shockwave Therapy and how can it help?

What is Shockwave?

Shockwave Therapy - Epic Life Physio - Mona Vale
  • Shockwave (also known as ESWT – Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) has been used in medicine since the 1980’s.
  • It is a clinically based non-surgical method used by therapists to treat tendon and/or muscle dysfunction.
  • The technology involves the delivery of electromagnetic, pneumatic and sound waves.
  • ESWT is non-invasive treatment for pain relief. 
  • 90-95% success rate for patients with applicable conditions.
  • ESWT is an excellent stand alone and co-modality and can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments, such as:
    • Exercise
    • Dry-needling
    • Massage
    • Deep tissue massage

How does Shockwave work?

Shockwave Therapy - Epic Life Physio - Mona Vale
  • Using the applicator, high-energy electromagnetic, pneumatic and pulse waves are transmitted into the body
  • ESWT creates waves at different levels of pressure to penetrate through to soft tissue
  • This helps tissue to re-generate and repair, especially after acute and chronic injuries
  • The energy-waves can be administered at different levels of intensity with different sized applicator heads, tailored to your needs

Biological effects

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International clinical trials have shown ESWT has significant improvement in regeneration and repair of tissues in the following areas:

  • Improvement in blood circulation
  • Reproduction of vessels in the area of tendons and muscles
  • Improves bone-healing
  • Supports the production of collagen
  • Reduction in tissue tendon
  • Regression of pain caused by restricted blood supply
  • Dissolving of calcium buildup in soft tissue
  • Reduction of scar tissue

Applications with clinical trial support

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Shockwave therapy can treat a range of areas including:

  • Feet (heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis)
  • Shoulder (rotator cuff, inflammations and calcifications of shoulder joint tendons)
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
  • Knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Hip (bursitis, pain in hip area)
  • Lower leg (shin splints, tightened calves)
  • Upper leg (iliotibial band friction syndrome)
  • Back pain (lumbar and chronic muscular pain)

Scientific research supports the use of ESWT for the treatment of many muscular-skeletal conditions

  • This includes pain trigger points or painful points in muscles

Advantages of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy - Epic Life Physio - Mona Vale

Shockwave therapy has many advantages. It:

  • Provides a new modality where there was previously no effective treatment (e.g. tennis/golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis)
  • Reduction of stress in tissue surrounding the targeted area
  • Reduction in use of pharmaceuticals
  • Avoidance of surgical intervention
  • Reduction in downtime from training and work
  • Reduction of scar tissue

Known aesthetic applications

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Shockwave is also effective for aesthetic purposes, including:

  • Elimination of lymphatic congestion
  • Regulation of muscle tone
  • Cellulite reduction from stage 1-3
  • Muscle and connective tissue toning
  • Body shaping
  • Stretch mark reduction

Treatment expectations

Shockwave Therapy - Epic Life Physio - Mona Vale
  • Sessions are between 20-30 minutes, depending on the area and the amount of treatment needed
  • The specialist will place the handle onto the target area (usually the injury)
  • They will then gently transmit the shockwaves into the region.
  • Feedback will allow the specialist to fine tune the positioning and intensity 
  • The treatment is often described as a ‘mild sensation’ and generally causes no pain

If you have any other questions about shockwave therapy or if you would like to book in an appointment please give us a call at Epic Life Physio in Mona Vale on (02) 9997 4587 or book in an appointment online

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