What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a scientifically proven treatment for pain, acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.
A shockwave is an acoustic wave, which carries high energy into injured areas.
The acoustic waves reduce pain, increase blood flow, stimulate new blood vessel formation, reverse chronic inflammation, stimulate collagen production and dissolve calcium deposits.
These processes collectively speed up the healing process of the injured area.
What is the science behind Shockwave Therapy?
Pain reduction: Through the dispersal of a neurotransmitter called Substance P into the injured area, which modulates pain perception by altering cellular signalling pathways, resulting in an analgesic effect.
Increase in blood flow: Through Substance P, which stimulates the release of Nitric Oxide, which then causes the vasodilation of blood vessels.
New blood vessel formation: Through the micro rupture of capillaries, the expression and production of growth factors, the reformation of arterioles, and the enhanced blood supply and oxygenation.
Reversal of chronic inflammation: Through increased mast cell production, the subsequent production of chemokines and cytokines, and the restoration of normal proliferation and remodelling stages of healing.
Stimulation of collagen production: The synthesis of collagen Type III fibres is accelerated and the fibres are conformed into denser, firmer structures.
Dissolution of calcification: Calcium deposits in a tissue are broken down through dissolution. The granular remains are then removed via the lymphatic system.
Why is this beneficial?
Well, take a moment to think about what your pain is stopping you from doing.
With a course of shockwave therapy treatment, you can get you back to doing what you love to do significantly quicker than through having just a course of physiotherapy treatment alone.
What can shockwave therapy be used for?
Here at Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, we have successfully, and rapidly, helped clients to overcome the following conditions with a course of shockwave therapy: –
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patella tendinopathy
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Quadricep tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
How many treatments are needed?
The science recommends 6 treatments, spaced out at weekly intervals, in conjunction with a home exercise programme.
Here is a testimonial from a runner who we’ve helped to overcome an achilles tendinopathy with shockwave therapy in time for the London Marathon: –
“Professional, Skilled, and got me to finish the LONDON MARATHON! Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy diagnosed me with Achilles Tendinitis, and helped me get back to fighting fit to finish the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019. His plan to get everything on track for me to finish was perfect. I would recommend Jonathan extremely highly to fix and advise any sports injury!” George Purchon
Here is a testimonial from a runner who we’ve helped to overcome a patella tendinopathy with shockwave therapy: –
“Came to the Oxford Street physio as I was told by the team at Jubilee that I may benefit from shockwave therapy for a knee injury. Booking was easy, the clinic was very clean and Lois was brilliant. The shockwave therapy is a bit painful, but after a few weeks of following the strengthening exercises provided and the treatment I am back running!” Rebekah S
Our prices can be found here.
We offer single treatment prices, or a 6 treatment package, to help you save on the cost of your shockwave therapy course of treatment.
Shockwave therapy is more expensive than physiotherapy. Why? Because the machine itself is a £9,000 device and it results in quicker outcomes. You essentially pay a premium to access this service and to get better quicker.
How to Book
To book in, simply call our booking line on 02381300260 or book online today, selecting the ‘Shockwave Therapy – First Appointment – 50 Minutes’.
We look forward to helping you soon.