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Discover Shockwave Therapy: Your Guide to Effective Recovery

Ever wondered about a non-invasive, cutting-edge solution to pain and tissue repair? Join us on a dive into the world of shockwave therapy, where sound waves meet healing. Explore the science, benefits, and facts that make this innovative approach to treatment.

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What is shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is an emerging non-invasive therapy that is used to treat a vast array of different musculoskeletal disorders. Extracorporeal shockwave works through generating rapid pressure waves, creating both a positive and negative phase. The combination of the two phases interacts and causes a physiological shockwave within the intended tissue location. 

 

Differences between Shockwave Therapy and Ultrasounds

 The major difference between Extracorporeal Shockwave and Ultrasound Therapy is found within the mechanism of action. Ultrasounds produce high frequency sound waves which are able to potentially produce deep heat within the body tissues. While Shockwave produces pressure changes to cause that physical stimulation to increase blood flow to the area. Shockwave therapy's ability to enhance blood flow and induce neuromuscular changes holds promise for accelerated healing. Research highlights its effectiveness in promoting blood flow and alleviating pain in tendinopathies, spanning various body regions like the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia.

 

If you have had long standing pain and are looking for an alternative therapy option to aid in your rehabilitation plan, we recommend consulting with one of our esteemed podiatrists or physiotherapists. This will allow for personalised information and guidance on potential treatment plans. References Wang, C. J. (2012). Extracorporeal shockwave therapy in musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Orthopedic surgery and research, 7(1), 1-8.


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