Shockwave Therapy is a modern addition to osteopathic treatment which is proven to rapidly alleviate painful conditions

Shockwave Therapy is a modern & effective osteopathic treatment that can be used to relieve a wide-range of symptoms including:

  • Sciatica
  • 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

How Osteopathic Clinic
14 Craighall Gardens,
Trinity, Edinburgh,
EH6 4RJ‎

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Tel : 0131 551 1044
Free Parking Available‎

Treatment £46 per hour /Shockwave Treatment £52 for 50 minutes 

Focus Shockwave Therapy 50 minutes £80 10 mins are for administration = One hour
 Half-hour treatment sessions now available -£30  30 minutes.

For more information on  Osteopathy or to arrange an appointment with Edinburgh osteopath Helen How,  contact The How Osteopathic Clinic Edinburgh by email or telephone 0131 551 1044. or text 07888304762 

What Is Shockwave Therapy? Focus or Radial Shockwave Therapy ?   Here you can watch Beony Mathews on Youtube current indications for Focus and Radial shockwaves December 2019 

Helen has both  Focus Shockwave Therapy and Radial  by Storz Medical here in Edinburgh while her colleagues both Osteopaths and Physiotherapists have both the Focus and Radial Shockwave Therapy in Glasgow

Here is Episode 2 Shockwave Mechanisms, Terminology and Evidence with Physiotherapist and Educator Cliff Eaton June 2019

Here is Podcast No 3 Navigating the when and why in clinical practice with Senior NHS Physiotherapist Andrew Davidson London Homerton Hospital where London has Shockwave Therapy in the NHS for over 5 years

Episode 3 shockwave Podcast is particularly interesting as Andrew Davidson works within the NHS with Surgeons and other clinicians and how there many aspects of chronic pain including sleep deprivation, stress, education   well worth listening too

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 first and only  FOCUS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY by Storz Medical in Scotland  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 noisier and less expensive while Focus is more expensive but one needs few sessions

Here is a new YouTube by Helen`s Colleague wellknowned International lecturer  Beony Mathews Physiotherapist on Five Reasons to try Focus Shockwaves 

Drug-Induced Tendinopathy

This includes  Corticosteriodal Injections so please read

There are various drugs which are toxity to tendons but are often underestimated Ciproflaxin antibiotics Corticorticoids and Corticortal Steriodal Injections which should be ultra sound guided injections for best clinical practise, Statins common in the older age group of 60 years  Please you can find this paper on the internet for further clarification.  Drug-induced tendinopathies are considered particularly difficult to treatment

Shoulder Stiffness


For Shoulder  Assessment  Please listen to   Jeremy Lewis Consultant Physiotherapist Professor of Musculoskeletal Research as one cannot be certain about where the symptoms are coming from  which imaging as multiple structures are being assessed all the time which can be producing pain Here is The Shoulder Podcast by Professor Jeremy Lewis London Shoulder Clinic    

Professor Jeremy Lewis

Shockwave therapy can be used to reduce pain and stiffness to encourage more comfortable function of the shoulder pain for shoulder exercises.  More information on rehabilitation on Rotator Cuff in the older age group from Degeneration research is continuing as exercises can be more useful than complex challenging surgery in the older age group


Jo Gibson`s Shoulder Steps to Success Liverpool Hospital has been researching further on exercises for the Rotator Cuff which can give problems and pain in the older age group  Here is a small sample of shoulder exercise modification however it is important to know that the exercise program takes a good year of encouragement   It is known that the evidence base for shoulder surgery on the rotator cuff in the older age group  becomes more complex and challenging as the scar tissue healing recovery and exercise rehabilitation takes a long time

Here is a sample of Modules by   Shoulder Steps to Success by Jo Gibson Online Course

Helen has attended Jo Gibson`s Practical and Clinical Courses and Professor Jeremy Lewis on the shoulder as shoulders are the 2nd – 4th most common cause of Muscular Skeletal pain with over 70% of the population suffering shoulder pain  Up to 34% of people over 65 years will experience shoulder pain as this becoming a much bigger problem

The resonance (shockwave) is able to help stimulating blood flow to facilitate deep tissue healing and removing inflammation while the shockwaves also assist in the stimulation of pro-collagen synthesis enabling better loading and exercise programs for lower limb tendons


Here an extract from Jo Gibson Module 3 on the Irritable shoulder group with acute pain being the driver and how the developing Frozen shoulder,an innocuous onset, with no clear cause.

What is Shockwave Therapy used to Treat?

All osteopathic treatment is centered upon the individual and so there is no comprehensive list of complaints which as an adjunct Shockwave Therapy. As part of your initial consultation and diagnosis, your osteopath Helen How will assess the osteopathic treatment best suited to your specific requirements.

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. Please listen to June 2019 Podcast by Educator Cliff Eaton Episode 2 Shockwave Mechanisms, Terminology and Evidence   which is excellent as Cliff includes the history of shockwave therapy which evolves from the use of shockwave therapy for Kidney Stones

Plantar Fascitiis or a common cause of foot pain

Plantar Fasciitis




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 )



Rehabilitation of Recreational Runners (Strength Training, Conditioning Strategies and Running Re-Training By Beony Mathews and Glen Robbins had an interesting fact that one is 3 times more likely to injure if one exceeds running more than 40 miles per week  A safe limit is to keep within 5 to 10 Km to half a marathons

Achilles Tendinopathy 








Please Read the ContraIndications for the use of Shockwave Therapy





A sample of Courses Helen has attended recently

Weekend Warrior held in Brighton 2018  was another excellent course for learning about running injuries and how to reduce the injuries

 The Running Physio Resource on Running

Patella Femoral Pain is with Runners  Helen has recently updated with Patella Femoral Pain with Claire Robertson   and Masterclass In-Running   Running has become an increasingly popular activity with a very  high risk of injury so keeping current with all the type running injuries, volume training loads