SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

Shockwave therapy, more commonly known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) offers a non-invasive treatment solution for long term insertion and soft tissue pathologies.  Common conditions that Shockwave therapy may be worth trying for include plantar fasciopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, hamstring origin tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy and medial and lateral epicondylopathy.  Click the link to read more: Shockwave Patient Guide Flyer. 

HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?

Chattanooga RPW are compressed air-ballistic shockwave generators. The shockwave is generated with a precision ballistic mechanism in the handpiece which accelerates a projectile by compressed air. The motion and weight of the projective produce kinetic energy which translates along the transmitter into a sound energy form as an acoustic wave. The acoustic wave is transmitted into the tissue via a coupling gel and this is known as radial pressure wave therapy.

Radial pressure waves offers a non-invasive solution for these complaints and it is believed that the physical effects of radial pressure waves create increased cell membrane permeability metabolically which allows old damaged and weakened cells to be removed and replaced with health viable cells, shockwaves also help to modulate the amount of nociceptive activity and decreasing the pain signal and increases blood circulation in tissues which may stimulate the healing process.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

 WHATS INVOLVED FOR YOU AS A PATIENT WHEN ATTENDING PRINCIPLE FOUR OSTEOPATHY FOR SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

Should your Melbourne osteopath feel that you may benefit from shockwave therapy treatment, they will discuss this with you and outline the suggested treatment plan. Usually the shockwave therapy treatment process involves treating the site of pain and placing the applicator against the skin tissue. During the initial phase of shockwave therapy treatment there may be some pain which indicates correct targeting of the problem area. During the later phases of shockwave therapy treatment, you may feel less pain.

Each shockwave therapy treatment at Principle Four Osteopathy may last approximately 10 – 15 minutes in which you may receive somewhere between 1500-3000 shockwaves depending on the region being addressed and suggested treatment protocol. It is usually recommended that individuals undergo between 3-6 shockwave therapy sessions with our Melbourne osteopath. Shockwave therapy treatments may be carried out every 5-8 days and should you feel any discomfort following the session icing and analgesia may help.

Contraindications to shockwave therapy treatment include pregnancy, bleeding and blood coagulation disorders, skin wounds or acute inflammation in the treatment area and tumours in the treatment area. Click here to read more about indications and contraindications to shockwave therapy.

 

ARE THERE ANY STUDIES THAT I CAN READ TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

There are currently a number of published scientific studies that you are welcome to review that demonstrate positive outcomes for shockwave therapy:

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