Inner West Shockwave Services
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is radial pressure waves. They are applied to the surface of the skin using an applicator and gel. In response to this stimulation, the body begins to produce an inflammatory reaction in the area being treated.
Inflammation is an essential process to promote healing. When an injury has persisted over time, the damaged area is no longer in an inflammatory state and its ability to heal is greatly limited. By triggering a new inflammatory response in the injured tissue, Shockwave Therapy resets the area so that physiotherapy treatment is faster and more effective. The tissue regains extensibility to respond to exercise and loading.
Generally, 3 to 5 sessions are required and should be scheduled to work in conjunction with consistent exercises to achieve a significant, long-term change in tissue regeneration and a reduction in symptoms. The exact length of time will depend on individual factors such as how long you have had pain and which other therapies have been used.
Local analgesia and nerve block are not recommended during the course of Shockwave treatments. Additionally, anti-inflammatory is discouraged as it disrupts normal inflammatory pathways that may be responsible for treatment response.
Shockwave has great evidence for treatment of...
Bone stress/ Shin splints
Deep Tissue Trigger Point release
Scar tissue management/ Adhesion