The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. A shockwave is generated in the hand piece. The shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece. The shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs.
In simple terms it turns a chronic (non-healing) tissue into an acute (healing) tissue again. This means that even after years of pain, you can gain relief.
Radial shockwave therapy has been shown to be a safe, effective and easy treatment for chronic pain.
We treat a range of patients using shockwave therapy. The most common conditions that we treat include:
Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in 80-85% of cases involving chronic conditions. Pain relief normally occurs within one to two weeks of treatment, but the final outcome can only be evaluated several months after treatment has ended as the healing process will be on-going. The treatment of a Swiss Dolorcast shockwave machine is usually only be performed by a skilled Chiropractor/Orthopaedic surgeon or Physio who has completed the specific training programme. The Swiss Dolorcast machine is the strongest machine in the world and so has been used in many research studies on chronic pain.
Research papers can be found here for your perusal - www.swissdolorclastacademy.com/
Most people report the treatment as mildly uncomfortable, but tolerable. If you cannot tolerate it, please inform your clinician as adjustments can be made.
Discomfort may be experienced for approximately one to two hours after treatment. Normally, it will resolve within 48 hours, but if severe, can last up to five days. Over-the-counter pain relief can be used to help manage this. Please note: avoid anti-inflammatories.
Skin redness or minor bruising over the tender area can occur but normally resolves within two to three days.
We strongly advise you to avoid any activity that will stress the treated area for at least 48 hours after each treatment.
The programme normally includes 3 treatment sessions, 7 days apart which is sufficient for most people. Severe chronic conditions may require more sessions, but this is rare.
Many private medical healthcare insurance companies will cover the cost of your shockwave therapy, but please speak with your provider directly before making an appointment to be sure.