Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a modern & effective aid to rehabilitation that can be used to relieve a wide-range of symptoms. The How Osteopathic Clinic was the first osteopathic clinic in Scotland to use Focus Shockwaves, Radial Pressure Waves and Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy as part of Osteopathic Treatment. As a qualified shockwave practitioner, osteopath Helen How also lectures on Shockwave Therapy as part of the Venn Health Care Tutor Team.

About Shockwave Therapy

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and highly effective addition to muscular skeletal rehabilitation.

Initially used to dissolve kidney stones without the need for surgery, the use of Shockwave Therapy to treat musculo-skelatal 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 skill in using shockwaves lies in using low levels of mechanical energy to open up biomolecular signal pathways, activate stem cells and stimulate new cell growth.

The resonance (shockwave) is able to pentrate deeply into the affected area, stimulating blood flow to facilitate deep tissue healing and removing inflammation.  The shockwaves also assist in the stimulation of pro-collagen synthesis which enables 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 used to treat a wide-range of disorders including the conditions listed below. For more information regarding the methods of treatment, please click on the links below.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide-range of symptoms including back pain and lower back pain, tennis elbow, hip pain, tendon pain and damage to tendons (including damage to the Achilles tendon).   Boney Pathologies such as lower limb stress fractures and medial tibial stress shin splints may also benefit from Shockwave Therapy as part of a tailored osteopathic treatment.

Mens Health & Wellbeing

Recent research has shown that Focused Shockwave Therapy can also be particularly effective when used to treat mens health issues such as  Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Peyronies Disease, Hard Flaccid Syndrome and Chronic Prostatitis.

Woman’s Health & The Menopause

Studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy is also effective in treating woman’s health issues such as  Coccydynia and Scar Tissue from C-Sections. Shockwave Therapy can also be very effective when used to treat joint and muscular problems such as post-partum Sacroiliitis and post-menopausal tendinopathy.

As part of your initial consultation and diagnosis, your Osteopath, Helen How  will assess the  treatment best suited to your specific requirements. Focus and/or Radial Shockwave Therapy may be used as part of your treatment depending upon your condition and symptoms.

Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?

Shockwave Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive treatment which can boost the natural healing abilities and stamina of the body. Osteopath Helen How is highly experienced in the use of both Radial and Focus Shockwave Therapy which she often uses as part of her sports rehabilitation treatment.

For many years now Helen has successfully treated both professional and amateur athletes using Shockwave Therapy and also lectures on the ways in which Focus and Radial Shockwave Therapy can be used as part of osteopathic treatment and the rehabilitation process.

Shockwave Therapy can be used to relieve a wide-range of symptoms including:


Plantar Fasciitis


Tendon Pain


Erectile Disfunction (ED)




Menopausal Joint Pain & Stiffness


Peyronie's Disease



Patient Feedback

To read more independent reviews of the How Osteopathic Clinic please visit our testimonials page

"Over 30 years of running had finally caught up with my Achilles. This time the injury was so bad I had difficulty even walking. Helen has me back running again. Her experience and knowledge combined with Shock Wave Therapy, and the other machines she uses has worked wonders. Together, we also worked out a rehabilitation programme involving stretching/exercises and long slow strength building activity. Thanks Helen."

Mali, Edinburgh

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