At first glance, shockwave therapy sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but as you’ll see by the end of this post, it can be a very helpful and effective tool in treating some of those stubborn chronic niggles that have kept you off the pave.
Extracorporeal (outside the body) shockwave therapy, or shockwave therapy for short, uses inaudible high-energy sound waves targeted over a specific site over a short period of time. Shockwave therapy is thought to help stimulate certain components involved in the healing process in cases where the body has been reluctant to do so in the first place.
As you can imagine then, it’s most effective for chronic (6 Months +) conditions that just don’t seem to want to resolve or respond to more conventional forms of treatment. Research has shown that it can reduce pain and increase function in several chronic tendon disorders including: Achilles tendinopathy, Patellar tendinopathy, Plantar fasciitis, Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (pain at the side of the hip), and Calcific tendinopathy of the rotator cuff. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, who provide national evidence-based guidelines to be followed within the NHS, endorse the use of shockwave therapy to treat several of the conditions listed above due to the significant effects that it can have in treating these specific chronic tendon disorders.
So now it’s time to explain why we’re introducing you to the benefits that shockwave therapy can offer for chronic tendinopathies. Agile Therapy will be trialing a shockwave therapy machine for the month of October, and would like to see all those who may benefit come and give it a try. If you have any specific questions about shockwave therapy (want to know more, whether it’s right for you, what’s involved), or would like to book in to try it out, don’t hesitate to contact us at 02920 099 400 or at email@example.com.