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Exploring the Science Behind Shockwave Therapy: How Does It Work?

At On Point Physio, we offer a wide range of health services to help treat injuries and pains. This includes shockwave therapy for decreasing pain, no matter if that is from an injury, illness, or due to age. With a men’s health practitioner from On Point Physio, you are guaranteed the highest standard of care when it comes to shockwave therapy.

In this blog, we will explore how shockwave therapy works, so don’t stop reading!

What is It?

Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive and effective method that utilises low frequency shockwaves to treat the pain site via a conducting gel. This is often an alternative to surgery and medication, often used for treating injured soft tissues, namely tendons.

ESWT can be used to treat a vast collection of conditions, including:

  • Tennis elbow

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Jumper’s knee

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

  • Gluteal tendinopathy

  • Calcific tendinopathy

  • Hamstring tendinopathy

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • And more…

How It Works

As mentioned previously, ESWT sends shockwaves into the injured or pained area. This is known as its mechanism of action. A specialist handheld device is used to deliver the shockwaves through the skin into the part of the body that is injured.

These are mechanical and audible sound waves, which help to boost the blood flow to the site of injury. With ESWT, it has two main functions that can help treat tendon pain. These are:

  1. Desensitising the nerve endings to relieve pain, reducing inflammation

  2. Causing microscopic tissue damage to encourage body to increase blood flow and circulation in the targeted area - this helps to accelerate the healing process, stimulating tissue regeneration

Some patients might experience instant pain relief, while others might require more sessions in order to alleviate pain.

Are you looking for a men's health practitioner that caters to and prioritises your needs? On Point Physio has got you covered. Plus, with our shockwave therapy, we can effectively help treat stubborn injuries that other methods have failed to heal. For more information on our services or if you have any further questions about our shockwave therapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the On Point Physio team.

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