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Shockwave Therapy


What is Shockwave Therapy?

It’s safe to say that Shockwave Therapy has taken the physiotherapy world by storm and we are proud to now offer it at The Back & Body Clinic.

Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for persistent soft tissue injuries.

It is ideal for those who don’t seem to be able to get rid of their pain despite every effort. All hope is not lost!

Shockwave Therapy may be the answer!

What happens during a Shockwave Therapy Session?

Firstly the therapist will ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your case. Only if your specifically trained therapist deems the treatment appropriate will they go ahead with it. The treatment consists of  delivering therapeutic shockwaves via a hand held probe that is held onto the area of your body that is affected. Before switching on the machine, your therapist will pin point the exact areas to treat. The intensity of treatment really depends on how much you feel you can tolerate. Your therapist will start the machine at a low level and gradually increase it with your feedback to as high as you can tolerate. Ideally we want to get as high as possible for maximum benefits. At first it can feel quite uncomfortable, however as you get used to the sensation it should feel more and more comfortable. During the controlled procedure high-energy waves are transmitted through the surface of the skin directly to the affected tissue areas.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Shock waves have a mechanical effect on the tissue that stimulates the cells in the body that are responsible for healing. The micro trauma of the repeated shock wave creates new blood flow to the area. It is the new blood flow that promotes tissue healing, breaks down scar tissue and kick-starts the inflammatory process. All resulting in a reduction in pain and improving function.

Helping you get better quicker, which is what we are all about at the Back & Body Clinic.

What conditions can be treated with Shockwave Therapy?

New evidence is being released all the time showing the powerful effects Shockwave Therapy can have on a variety of conditions. The list below shows some of the common conditions that have been shown to improve greatly following a course of Shockwave Therapy.

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Knee pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Relief

Your therapist will be able to determine whether or not they think your symptoms could be improved with Shockwave Therapy, so don’t worry, there are plenty more conditions that Shockwave can help with.

How Good Is Shockwave Therapy?

There is new evidence being released every month highlighting the amazing effects this cutting edge technology has on patients. Most recent research suggests that after only 3  treatments of Shockwave Therapy, over 80% of patients report a great reduction of pain and improvement in function/hobbies.

The recent big step forward for this new technology is being recognised and recommended by NICE (UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). This recognition has thrown this modality to the forefront in treating many musculoskeletal conditions.

Only until recently are the true effects of Shockwave Therapy being understood and the popularity of the treatment is rising. You need state of the art equipment to deliver this incredible treatment. That is why The Back & Body Clinic have invested in the very best – a Chattanooga Intelect RPW Shockwave Machine that has been shown to be one of the most effective on the market.

The team at Chattanooga have put together a document highlighting all the clinical evidence to support the use of this state-of-the-art technology, If you would like to read even more about the amazing effects Shockwave Therapy has had for so many individuals in recent years then refer to the following link.


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