Having an injury for an extended period of time can feel debilitating and frustrating. Some even say it becomes their ‘new normal’ when it doesn't need to be tolerated. Radial shockwave therapy could help with your chronic pain. Here's how it works...
What is radial shockwave therapy and how does it work?
Radial shockwave therapy is a means of introducing pressure waves into affected tissue. This instigates and reboots immune factors and blood circulation to the chronically sore tissues which, in turn, enables the body to heal. You can think of it as if your body has dealt with your chronic injury for so long that it has "forgotten about it" and your body is therefore not healing itself effectively enough. Shockwave therapy can stir the injury up and "remind" your body to resume the healing process.
What can it help with?
Radial shockwave therapy aids in:
- reducing myofascial trigger points (tender areas)
- eradicating tendinopathies such as:
- plantar fasciosis
- achilles tendinopathy
- golfer’s elbow
- tennis elbow
- frozen shoulder
- hamstring tendinopathy
- breaking down scar tissue
- increasing circulation to a focal area.
What can I expect?
Radial shockwave therapy, like many therapies, cannot be a standalone treatment. Other interventions such as soft tissue therapy, stretching and strengthening, mobilisation, orthotic therapy, myofascial dry-needling are proven to be highly effective in conjunction with shockwave therapy.
We recommend consulting your health practitioner and allowing for proper assessment before commencing shockwave treatment. Shockwave therapies are generally performed on a weekly basis for 4-6 weeks and with personalised management plans for the best results.
Here at NSTT, our Podiatrists and our Myotherapists are trained in the technique of radial shockwave therapy. If you'd like to know more, give us a call or shoot us an email - we'd love to help with your chronic conditions.
Written by Jasmine Kouch, NSTT Podiatrist