SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

What is it?

Shockwave Therapy uses high energy shockwaves from a probe held against the skin.

 

 It is widely used to treat a number of soft tissue injuries and conditions including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Gluteal Tendinopathy

Treatment usually takes 5-10 minutes.

Depending on the condition, you may require anywhere from 1-5 treatments, although the average is 3.

The high energy shockwaves are believed to induce blood flow and metabolic activity around the pain, speeding up the healing process.

Shockwave Therapy is $25 per session plus the appointment cost.

$95 ($91 concession) for initial appointments and $82 ($78 concession) for standard appointments.

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About the treatment

Shockwave therapy is a great therapy used in combination with other interventions to help stimulate healing in a range of chronic soft tissue conditions.

More and more scientific evidence has concluded that shockwave therapy is a great way to reduce pain and stimulate healing. 

Shockwaves are high energy soundwaves transmitted from a probe held against the skin which spreads outwards into the underlying tissues.

The treatment is believed to induce increased blood flow and metabolic activity around the site of pain accelerating the healing process - or at the very least it effectively reduces pain from this area.

During treatment

At the beginning, you may feel deep pain, which indicates the problem area is being targeted.

This can be followed by deep numbness or heaviness in the latter part of the treatment, making it less painful.

You cannot take anti inflammatories during the course of your treatment, as this negates the inflammation purposefully induced with the shockwave therapy.

After treatment

Soreness is expected and may intensify on the night of treatment. You should rest from aggravating activities for 2-3 days after treatment.

Many patients experience relief in 8-10 days following treatment.

Side effects

Side effects are minimal, aside from post-treatment pain as mentioned above.

Some other side effects may include:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Pain

  • Haematoma (bruising)

  • Petechia (red spots).

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