Shock Wave Therapy,
also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT).

Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment that works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues. These targeted “shockwaves” of energy increase the blood flow within the affected area, thus stimulating cell regeneration and healing.

This treatment method is a non invasive treatment used to assist the healing in a number of conditions, most commonly tendonopathies, such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis, but it can be any chronic musculoskeletal condition.

The treatment delivers acoustic shock waves, quick waves of pressure to an area, although some people will find it unpleasant, pain should be relatively low. The idea is to increase metabolic activity around the site of the injury or pain, creating the relevant chemical reactions which in turn encourage the healing process, healing tissue and breaking down calcium deposits.

It can be delivered as a separate session or included as part of your treatment, depending on your requirements.

What conditions does Shockwave Therapy treat?

Acoustic Wave Therapy or Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment for soft tissue injuries and the breakdown and removal of scar tissue.
Shockwave Therapy delivers excellent results in treatment for conditions including;
Shockwave Treatment - Pain Points

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconShoulder Pain

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconTennis Elbow

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconPlantar Fasciitis

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconHeel Spurs

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconRotator Cuff Injuries

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconShin Splints

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconGeneral Muscle Tightness

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconChronic Neck and Back Pain

What does Shockwave Therapy involve?

The practitioner will deliver pulses of sound waves to areas of injured body tissue, via a hand-held probe placed on the skin. Some patients have described the shockwave process sounding like a small jackhammer. Depending on the area treated, you should expect to feel some small discomfort but this will resolve within 24 hours.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

 A probe is pressed on to the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin (a gel like substance is also applied to the area to promote the process). The impulses are delivered through the skin as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave. These radial shockwaves initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated, and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue.

The shockwaves are felt as pulses which are a little uncomfortable but not painful. The physician / surgeon applying your treatment will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable. The treatment was originally used as a treatment for kidney stones, and has been re-developed for the use in treating tendon conditions.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy


Bodyandbone-Plus-iconImproved blood flow – repeated shock waves create new blood flow promoting tissue healing and regeneration.

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconReduced muscle tone – shock waves act on trigger points. These are the painful tender spots in muscles which often generate pain and dysfunction.

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconPain reduction – by changing the way the nerves signal pain (interferes with the pain signals in a positive way).

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconIncreased tissue healing – radial shock waves cause the release of chemicals in the cells which can reduce inflammation and pain.

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Is Shockwave Therapy safe?

Is it Safe?

There are several studies using Shockwave Therapy published in the medical literature and they indicate that Shockwave Therapy is a safe treatment option. Occasionally people experience a bruised feeling, discomfort that may last for a day after treatment, or skin irritation. If you have a clotting disorder, are on anticoagulants, are pregnant, or have inflammation in the treatment area, it is recommended you postpone your therapy until your referring Doctor states otherwise.

Are there any side effects?

Many patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately while others take several weeks to respond. There may be a slight reddening or swelling of the area with some patients experiencing a brief increase in pain. It may take several weeks to see an overall benefit. It is suggested that your referring Doctor or surgeon reviews you at 6-8 weeks to assess your overall progress.

How many treatments will I need?

The therapy usually takes about three to six sessions of 5-10 minutes. ShockWave therapy is conducted at one weekly intervals. You may experience relief as soon as 10 days after the initial treatment.

Shockwave Therapy Prices

Standard Consult

  • Includes treatment
  • Perfect for returning clients
  • Treatment by a Remedial Massage Therapist

Extended Consult

  • Includes treatment
  • Perfect for first-time clients
  • Treatment by a Remedial Massage Therapist