Shockwave Therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive external device used in Physiotherapy and other multidisciplinary professionals to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It’s mechanism is based on acoustic waves that carries high energy to painful spots and that travel from the device through the applied underlying tissue. The energy promotes regenerative and reparative processes to the underlying tissues such as tendons, bones and other soft tissue.

Research has shown that this intense energy delivered via these acoustic waves and applied through the shockwave device, results in immediate pain relief and restoration of mobility. Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ECSWAT) as it’s commonly referred to, has been found to be a successful adjunct in the treatment of a variety of chronic and acute conditions such as: –

  • ● Tendinopathies such as achilles, gluteal, hamstring, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • ● Plantar fasciitis
  • ● Low back pain
  • ● Pain from knee osteoarthritis or other knee injuries
  • ● Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (hip pain)
  • ● Coccydynia
  • ● Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • ● Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder pain)
  • ● Subacromial pain (shoulder pain)
  • ● Calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder

Our physiotherapists have been using ESWT for the past year as an adjunct to their treatment programmes with their patients and have found great success when using it for a variety of conditions such as those listed above. Many patients report an immediate improvement in pain and function after the first session!

Research suggests that a minimum of 4-5 sessions are required for appropriate results, and chronic conditions respond much better to those more acute.

For further information please email us on or speak to your physiotherapist about this treatment option.

NB: An initial thorough assessment that includes a pre-screening check, with one of our physiotherapists is always required to determine it’s appropriate use as a treatment device with any individual.

We are fully accredited with all major insurance companies: