Shock wave therapy is a low frequency shock wave focused treatment that targets a specific acute or chronic condition. It is classified as a non-invasive treatment that generates acoustic shock waves, via a hand held device. Shock wave is a multidisciplinary device that can be utilised by chiropractors, physiotherapists, remedial massage therapists, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. This hand held device helps kick start the body’s natural healing ability within the tissue, this is done by stimulating the metabolism, and increasing blood circulation. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration.
Some of the conditions that can be treated from shock wave therapy are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel Spurs
- Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow
- Chronic Tendinopathy
- Shin Splints
- Hip pain
- Hamstring injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle, Myofascia & Trigger Points
Shock wave therapy has been said to be an ideal therapy for injuries/conditions that have been unresolved by medications, rest and other therapies, but with the combination of shock wave and other therapies it can be utilised to help speed up injury recovery times. The treatment of shock wave can be a little painful, but depending on the patient and the type of condition being treated the intensity can be changed throughout the session.
Written By Luke Attkins
Dip Remedial Massage, Certificate IV of Massage Therapy