Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive treatment modality which involves using acoustic waves in order to promote healing of damaged tissue. The research and evidence regarding SWT suggests that the benefits include:
- Reduction in chronic pain
- promoting blood supply to the area
- reversing chronic inflammation
- production of collagen fibres
- breakdown of calcification
- release of trigger points (muscle knots)
Each of these processes has a role to play in healing tissue, reducing symptoms and improving function. There are specific conditions that have shown to respond positively to SWT. Tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, chronic pain and stress fractures all have clinical evidence to support the use of SWT as a part of treatment. This combined with a tailored exercise program will help to speed up the rate of recovery from injuries and promote an efficient return to full function.