What is Shockwave? Shockwave

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a number of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It uses patented technology to generate acoustic high wave energy generated by compressed air. That is delivered to the tissue through the skin and applicator gel for better transmission, to safely treat musculoskeletal conditions. Depending on the condition it takes 3-5 sessions about 3-7 days apart for pain relief and tissue healing to occur.

How does it work? 

Clap your hands for a few minutes- do you feel that reduction in sensation over your palms? That’s a similar mechanism to how shockwave works. 

  • It reduces pain producing an analgesic effect by inducing the decrease of substance P, a neurotransmitter responsible for nociceptive pain, therefore reducing pain to that area. Initially this may be for a short period of time but will increase throughout the treatments. 
  • Encourages an inflammatory response assisting the body to heal and angiogenesis to occur (formation of new blood vessels) through the process of cavitation which agitates the scar tissue accelerating tissue repair. 

Predictable outcomes from shockwave

Over the course of your treatment you will notice a decrease in pain to the affected area, lasting for a longer period after each session. This will enable you to better perform your rehabilitation exercises and really kick that injury and pain to the curb! 

We do get asked will it hurt and the answer is yes, there can be some pain to the area whilst performing shockwave but it is bearable and will subside once we stop. We work together, only going to a level of pain you are comfortable with. Treatment delivery is quite short ranging from 5-10 minutes and can be added in with your treatment. 

Shockwave Achilles

What conditions can shockwave treat? 

Shockwave can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions being particularly effective for chronic conditions. Therefore, the pain must be present for 3 months prior to commencing treatment for the best outcomes. 


  • Achilles tendinopathy, both insertional and noninsertional.
  • Patella tendinopathy or jumpers knee 
  • Rotator Cuff tendinopathy. 
  • Gluteal tendinopathy 
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. 
  • Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis.
  • Knee Osteoarthritis  
  • Medial collateral ligament injuries (MCL). 
  • Lateral collateral ligament injuries (LCL)
  • Shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome

If you you want to see if shockwave might be right for you, book in an appointment or free assessment to ask all your questions.

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