So what is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy utilises a machine that produces pressure waves which are focused on a specific part of the body. It was originally developed in the 1970’s, to aid in fracturing kidney stones to enable them to pass through the urinary tract, but has since been used to manage many other conditions. Within Podiatry, some frequently treated conditions include Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spur Syndrome), Achilles Tendinopathy and kidney stones (not really).
Shockwave therapy is rarely used in isolation within our clinic. Strengthening, activity modification, strapping and addressing biomechanical abnormalities are usually out first line treatments. Shockwave does, however, become a handy tool for those injuries that you just can’t deFEET!
Okay that doesn’t sound too bad, but how does it work?
Shockwave therapy works by applying microtrauma to the tissue where the pathology is located.
This microtrauma results in:
- Increased circulation to the area
- Break down of calcification deposits
- Stimulation of fibroblast production (the cells which make up ligaments, tendons and muscles)
- Interference of Substance-P (reducing pain)
- Inhibition of Cox II Enzyme (reducing inflammation)
Altogether, shockwave increases healing, and decreases pain, a win-win!
How does it feel?
Shockwave is applied with varying levels of strength, depending on what you can tolerate. It varies from feeling like a small vibration, to feeling like a knocking sensation. This will be determined by your individual pain tolerance and the level of pathology in the area. Rest assured, our Podiatrists will make the treatment as comfortable as possible. Sometimes there may be discomfort or swelling in the area following treatment, but this means that the body’s healing process has been activated! Short-term pain relief is normally reported in the first 24-48 hours, and long-term healing effects usually occur up to 3 months following treatment, hence the importance of a multi-faceted treatment plan.
Okay, how do I sign up?
Appointments can be made by calling 4723 5500, and asking our friendly receptionists for an appointment. 3 sessions are generally the minimum requirement to receive the full therapeutic benefits of this treatment. For further information, please call 47235500.