What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to soft tissue therapy. It can be used to address various injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic pain issues in the feet and lower limbs. The goal of this mode of treatment is to encourage the body to heal, which means it may be particularly useful for many persistent conditions.
During radial shockwave therapy, a handheld probe is strategically positioned and moved over affected or contributing areas. This tool emits high-energy acoustic sound waves, which work to deeply penetrate the soft tissues of the region. This aims to trigger positive effects such as improving blood circulation, regenerating tissues, and weakening stubborn scar tissue.
Shockwave therapy may improve pain and discomfort in a simple, non-surgical way by focusing on the body's natural healing responses. At Foot Health Clinic, we provide this form of therapy as part of treatment in circumstances where we determine it may be beneficial.
How Does Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Work?
The process of shockwave therapy involves applying gel to the desired area and gently moving a probe across the skin for a few minutes. The wave pulses that are sent out move through the skin and travel deep into the targeted area. This may induce a slight feeling of pressure and vibration. As treatment progresses, the intensity may be gradually increased or decreased, depending on symptoms and responses.
Shockwave therapy aims to:
- Stimulate the formation of new blood vessels.
- Promote the production of collagen.
- Dissolve calcium deposits.
- Release affected trigger points.
- Improve pain.
- Reduce acute or chronic inflammation.
Shockwave therapy may be advantageous when treating many conditions and injuries, but it is rarely used as the sole form of treatment. It could be a beneficial addition to a comprehensive care plan that focuses on the underlying factors that are contributing to the issue. Shockwave therapy may provide you with almost immediate relief to some extent, and when combined with other methods, there is potential for greater overall improvement.
At Foot Health Clinic, we take a holistic approach to treatment, which means your care will be multi-faceted. It may include options such as exercise prescription, orthotic therapy, footwear modifications, and other soft tissue therapy interventions like mobilisation techniques and dry needling.
What Does Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Shockwave therapy is one of the few non-invasive treatments that may provide positive results when soft tissue has reached a chronic non-reparative state. It is most often used for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Some examples include:
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Heel spurs.
- Achilles tendinopathy.
- Nerve irritation.
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Shin splints.
- Calf strain.
- Chronic conditions such as chronic pain.
The type of injury or condition that shockwave therapy is being used to treat will impact the intensity, length, and frequency of the therapy sessions. We will provide a thorough assessment of your symptoms and history and determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Shockwave therapy may support healing to promote pain reduction and inflammation relief. Book an appointment to discover if shockwave therapy is right for you.
Why Shockwave Therapy?
This form of treatment for soft tissue problems has become a popular choice for many patients and professionals. This is largely because it has the potential to improve comfort, healing, and functionality while being:
- Simple to perform, often within 10 – 20 minutes.
Benefits and pain relief from shockwave treatment may typically be seen within 3 – 4 weekly sessions. There is generally no pain caused by shockwave therapy, though some people may experience mild symptoms during and/or after the treatment session.
Shockwave Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
The number of treatments required depends on your injury or condition, how long you’ve had the issue, and how your body responds. Typically, most people need 3 – 6 treatment sessions to see long-lasting improvement. Each treatment is usually spaced at least 7 days apart.
Why Choose Us For Shockwave Therapy?
Visit Foot Health Clinic at Samford Village on Brisbane's northside for thorough podiatry care. Providing services for over two decades, we have assisted many people in our community to find improved comfort and functionality. Our comprehensive services cater to patients of all ages with a wide array of concerns.
When you choose Foot Health Clinic for treatments such as shockwave therapy, you can expect to receive a compassionate commitment to your well-being from our experienced team.
Find Comprehensive Support at Foot Health Clinic
If you have been experiencing long-term discomfort and reduced functionality, visit Foot Health Clinic in Samford Village for a thorough assessment. We will work to identify the cause of your issue and create a personalised treatment plan. If suitable, this may include shockwave therapy to promote healing. Please contact our friendly team today to organise your initial consultation.