What is Shockwave Therapy?

In Blog by Achieve Wellness Spa

We heard you ask, so we’re delivering. What is shockwave therapy? Does it hurt? What is it used for? Keep on reading to find out.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain or have an injury that needs attending to, shockwave therapy could be your answer. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and highly effective treatment that uses low energy, non-electrical sound waves. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to specific pain area while breaking down fibrous scar tissue and calcium deposits that has built up over time.

Sound too good to be true? Shockwave therapy has had an extremely high success rate of 91% through clinical studies and over 80% in patient satisfaction. There’s no anesthesia requires, no risk for infection, no scarring and you can go right back to work after your appointment.

You may feel some slight discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain you’re already experiencing. Overall, the treatment only lasts 15-30 minutes, so the discomfort is easy to tolerate. The intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the treatment if needed. Most patients experience pain relief immediately after the session!

What can Shockwave Therapy treat?

Shockwave therapy treats chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions. Common issues that can be treated using shockwave therapy include:

Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Spurs
Achilles Tendinopathy
Stress Fractures
Shin Splints
Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Scar Tissue Treatment
Hallux Rigidus
Knee Pain
Bunions/ Hammer Toes
Arthritis Conditions
Muscle and Tendon Tears
Back and neck pain
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis  
Jumpers Knee
Myofascial Trigger Points
Osgood Schlatter
Tennis Elbow
Golfers Elbow
Hamstring Tendinopathy
Hip Pain
Strains/ Sprains
Frozen Shoulder
Tendonitis/ Tendinopathy
Patellofemoral Syndrome
Morton’s Neuroma
IT Ban Contracture
Carpal Tunnel  

Phew! And now, we saved the best part for last. Shockwave Therapy is performed by our Registered Massage Therapists or Physiotherapists so yes, it’s covered by your extended medical insurance. Still unsure if it’s for you? Book in for a complimentary consult or chat with us the next time you visit the spa.

Achieve Wellness Spa Team