What is Shock Wave Therapy?
Shock Waves are movements of extremely high pressure caused by, for example, an explosion, an earthquake or a plane breaking the sound barrier.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is the application of Shock Waves in medicine.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions:
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increase of blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cell activation
What can it help me with?
Plantar Fascia Pain
Achilles Tendonitis – mid portion and enthesial
How long does it take?
Shock Wave application itself only last for a couple of minutes making it a fast simple solution to your foot pain.
Most people require 3-5 appointments, once a week to get the full benefit.
Does it hurt?
People have described the feeling as intense, with about the same pain level as getting a tattoo, just a bit deeper. C-fibres within your nerves are responsible for pain transmission, at first they are overwhelmed, then become numb, a bit like eating a hot chilli.
It certainly feels more forceful over bone than soft tissue.
Patients usually feel the benefit straight away but the next day or so can be a bit sore.
Can I take pain killers?
Pain killers such as paracetamol are fine to use, although use of anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen are not recommended due to their counterproductive nature against Shock Wave.
Can I exercise after?
Strenuous exercise should be kept to an absolute minimum for 48 hours post treatment. Walking and low impact exercise is fine.