Shockwave Therapy is a modern & effective osteopathic treatment that can be used to relieve a wide-range of symptoms including:
- Arthritis & Rheumatism
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tendon Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Sports Injuries
- Back pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Joint Pain and stiffness
- Neck Pain
- Frozen Shoulders
- Achilles Tendinopathy
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a modern and highly effective addition to osteopathic treatment and the How Osteopathic Clinic Edinburgh is one of the few non-NHS or sports club aligned clinics in Scotland to use it in general osteopathic practice. Helen has the most current FOCUS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY by Storz Medical and the traditional less expensive Radial Shockwave Therapy by Storz Medical
Initially used to dissolve kidney stones without the need for surgery, the use of Shockwave Therapy to treat musculoskelatal disorders and tendon pain began in the 1990’s. Subsequent medical trials have shown a significant increase in the healing process when Shockwave Therapy is used as part of osteopathic treatment.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
The term Shockwave refers to the mechanical processes that expend as a wave in the body. A high amplitude wave frequency is produced and this creates a resonance effect which is generated by kinetic energy from the machines’ handpiece. There are two types of shockwave therapy Radial and Focus Shockwave Therapy Focus is much more gentle to feel on the skin but it goes deeper than radial and it is considered better for chronic painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis Radial is more noisy and less expensive while Focus is more expensive but one needs few sessions
The resonance (shockwave) is able to pentrate deeply into the affected area, stimulating blood flow to facilitate deep tissue healing and removing inflammation while the shockwaves also assist in the stimulation of pro-collagen synthesis enabling tendon regeneration and repair. The resonance created by the shockwaves may also considerably reduce painful sensation by reducing nerve irritation.
What is Shockwave Therapy used to Treat?
Shockwave Therapy is successful in treating a number of chronic and long-term complaints for instance here is a Shockwave Therapy for Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy by a NHS Nurse
All osteopathic treatment is centred upon the individual and so there is no comphrensive list of complaints which utlise Shockwave Therapy. As part of your initial consultation and diagnosis, your osteopath Helen How will will assess the osteopathic treatment best suited to your specific requirements. Shockwave Therapy may be used as part of your treatment depending upon your condition and symptoms.
However, some of the conditions which are relieved by Storz Medical Focus Shockwave Therapy include: back pain and lower back pain, tennis elbow, hip pain, tendon pain and damage to tendons (including damage to the Achilles tendon).
Is Shockwave Therapy Safe? It is useful to read personal experiences in success stories using shockwave therapy
Despite the rather frightening name, Shockwave Therapy does not give you a “shock” but is instead a very gentle and effective osteopathic treatment for a large number of chronic and painful conditions, which one combines with exercise and rehabilitation management.
Here are some recent Shockwave Therapy Success Treatment Stories so you can read the experiences of shockwave therapy Here is Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis Chronic Back Pain and Tennis Elbow Marathon Runner and Severe Chronic Limping Achilles Tendinopathy Hip Pain (Gluteal Hip Tendinopathy )