What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical – non-drug-based – scientifically approved therapy that is widely used as a pain treatment.

Medical lasers use ‘highly focused beams of light’ to heal – just ask any eye surgeon! Radiation therapy uses ‘highly focused radioactive waves’ to heal – just ask any cancer specialist! Shockwave Therapy ‘highly focused sound waves to heal – just ask us!

Shockwave devices generate highly focused sound waves that travel through the bodies tissues. They don’t cause any harm to healthy tissues – but amazingly they are strong enough to break up a kidney stone.

It was the breaking up of kidney stones (lithotripsy) that ShockwaveTherapy was originally researched and developed for in the 1980s. After it was discovered that sound waves at a specific level are fundamentally harmless to soft tissues – but can be very harmful to solid objects.


How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shock Wave devices fire high energy sound waves through the body’s bone and soft tissues – just like a laser – but sound. The sound waves can be focused on a single point up to a depth of up to 12 cm.

When Shockwave Therapy research was originally tested, it proved very successful at breaking up kidney stones. But not only that – when the test subjects followed up strange events were unfolding in their bodies.

People were finding that as well as passing their fragmented kidney stones painlessly – old pain complaints were spontaneously resolving. And famously – one lady who was suffering from severe tissue death in her hip bone (caused by poor blood supply) turned up with spontaneously regenerated  bone tissue.

At this point it became very apparent that the inventors of  Shockwave Therapy had stumbled across something very important.

Now – after decades of research and clinical experience – we can confirm the surprising truth – it turns out sound waves can trigger regeneration of living tissue.

The effects of Shockwave Therapy that have been observed in the scientific literature include:

  • Increased blood flow and vascular regeneration
  • Reduction of pain signals.
  • Regeneration of bone tissue.
  • Prevention of cartilage degeneration.
  • Increase in tissue ‘growth factors’.
  • Reversal of chronic inflammation.
  • Re-absorption of calcification in the tendon.
  • Reducing tendinopathies

Why We Use Shockwave Therapy

For us Shockwave Therapy is not about the science – although we do love that part – nor is it about the surprising physical effects shockwaves have on our tissues. Shockwave Therapy is about chronic pain and its impact on peoples quality of life.

Being pain free is so easy to take for granted.. until we find ourselves in a situation where it is no longer possible for us. As a team, we have all had first hand experience with this type of thing. Which is partly why we take such great satisfaction in being able to help.

Freedom from pain represents the ability to enjoy normal, healthy active lives without pain. Freedom to be comfortable lying, sitting, standing, and moving.

Who Needs Shockwave Therapy

The complaints most commonly targeted and most commonly studied in relation to Shockwave Therapy are – calcifying tendon pain in the shoulder –  non-calcifying tendon pain of the shoulder – wrist and forearm pains like tennis elbow – hip pains like ‘greater trochanter pain syndrome’ – knee pains like patella tendinopathy – ankle pains like Achilles tendon pain – foot pain and plantar fasciitis – slow healing fractures.

There a great many clinicians who report success with a far broader spectrum of joint and soft tissue pains than those covered extensively in the scientific literature.

For a more extensive list of complaints that clinicians treat with Shockwave Therapy – Click Here – see below.;

Approved Standard Shockwave Indications

  • Chronic Tendinopathies
  • Calcifying tendinopathy of the shoulder
  • Lateral epicondylopathy of the elbow (tennis elbow) 1.1.3. 
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis, with or without heel spur.
  • Bone pathologies.
  • Delayed bone healing.
  • Bone Non-Union (pseudarthroses)
  • Stress fracture.
  • Avascular bone necrosis without articular derangement.
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) without articular derangement.

Common Empirically-Tested Shockwave Indications

  • Tendinopathies
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy without calcification
  • Medial epicondylopathy of the elbow
  • Adductor tendinopathy syndrome
  • Pes-Anserinus tendinopathy syndrome
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Foot and ankle tendinopathies
  • Bone marrow edema
  • Osgood Schlatter disease: Apophysitis of the anterior tibial tubercle
  • Tibial stress syndrome (shin splint)
  • Myofascial Syndrome
  • Muscle sprain without discontinuity

Exceptional Indications – Expert Indications

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dupuytren disease
  • Plantar fibromatosis
  • De Quervain disease
  • Trigger finger
  • Spasticity
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome