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Below is a list of the treatments we perform with shockwave therapy

Conditions that may benefit (other conditions maybe treatable)

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are the principal cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulder and limbs. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers and have extremely contracted sarcomeres. The dysfunctional sarcomeres contract so tightly that they begin to cut off their own blood supply. This causes the build-up of waste products which in turn irritates the sensory nerve endings which then causes yet more contraction. This vicious cycle is referred to as a “metabolic crisis”. Although the precise medical effects of acoustic wave therapy are still unclear, it can be assumed that the delivered acoustic energy unblocks the “calcium pump”. Thus, it reverses the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments and releases these trigger points
Acoustic waves release extremely contracted sarcomeres in trigger points
TRIGGER POINTS- Ventral
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TRIGGER POINTS - Dorsal
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PLEASE NOTE: The Above is not an exhaustive list of conditions
Radial shock wave maybe recommended for other soft tissue problems
  • The energy produced by ESWT results in the disruption of calcification/fibrosis
  • Calcification/fibrosis nearly always present with chronic inflammation
  • There in no effect on healthy tissue
  • Pain Management - The treatment has an effect on nerves. Release on endorphins (natural pain killers)
  • Healing - thought to speed up healing by increasing blood circulation and increasing metabolism
  • 90% of patients will feel worse 24 hours after treatment
  • No anti inflammatory medication should be taken during treatment
  • some patient's may develop a haematoma (bruise) post treatment
  • There are contra-indications to treatment
  • No anaesthesia is required
  • You must refrain from physical exercise/loading during the entire treatment cycle
  • Shocks are applied to the painful area
  • Gel coupling medium is required
  • 200-400 shocks are administered at low energy (1.5-2 bar) to produce analgesic effect before you are taken to the therapeutic intensity necessary
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