Shockwave Therapy Colchester

Shockwave therapy is a pain-relieving treatment that helps reduce healing time for injuries relating to tendon damage.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment for soft tissue and musculoskeletal problems that are often associated with sports and exercise.

Essentially the treatment involves applying a shockwave device to the area affected so acoustic waves can penetrate the damaged tissue within the tendon. The shockwaves produce an inflammatory response in the muscle, causing the body to increase metabolic activity around the site of pain, accelerating the healing process.

The process only takes a few minutes and combined with a course of progressive rehab can significantly reduce healing time.

What is Shockwave Therapy used for?

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for various conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis - caused by overuse of the band of tissue that connects calf muscles to your heel bone.
  • Plantar fasciitis - Pain in the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the base of your toes.
  • Patellar tendon pain - pain in the tendon between your knee cap and shin when straightening your leg.

Does Shockwave Therapy work?

There is significant clinical evidence that supports the use of shockwave therapy for reducing the pain that accompanies tendon damage and improving mobility and is supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

Shockwave therapy delivers energy to the injured area, causing a micro-trauma that aids the healing process, so it is a little uncomfortable, but not painful. Your practitioner will support you through the short process to ensure you are comfortable throughout.

If you’re experiencing tendon pain please get in touch today to speak to one of our therapists who will advise the best course of treatment.

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