The Shockwave Machine works by producing a mechanical sound wave, which is then transferred into the tissue of the body through a hand piece. This sound wave produces a healing response by increasing blood flow and fibroblast activity (cells responsible for healing tissue). Shockwave also has an immediate analgesic effect, meaning not only does it reduce healing times but it also decreases your pain levels immediately after the treatment.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves to produce a healing response in the body.
Why use shockwave?
Shockwave can be used for both acute and chronic injuries with evidence showing it works particularly well on tendon pathologies, but has also been shown to be effective on a host of lower limb injuries such as:
- Achilles pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
- Running injuries
- Muscle strains and tightness
- Calf pain and tightness
- Shin pain
Shockwave has also been shown to have a greater effect on flexibility of a muscle than stretching alone, so it can be a great tool to reduce injury risk and improve performance.
Is shockwave painful?
Your practitioner will work with you to make sure that the shockwave will stay within your comfort zone, however evidence shows that between a 5-6/10 pain rating gets the best results. The usual time for a cycle of shockwave is 1-3 minutes so if you do experience pain it will not be for a prolonged amount of time. Your practitioner will be communicating with you the whole time and will start well below your tolerance level. Another thing to remember is the shockwave machine has an immediate analgesic effect – you will feel much better immediately after.
How many treatments will you need?
The recommended initial treatment is a minimum of 3 session spaced at 5-7 days apart. After this you may require more, but should not exceed 8 treatments. The extra sessions are dependent on your diagnosis and treatment progress.