What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT)?
Shockwave therapy uses acoustic (sound) waves with high energy peak through a handheld probe applied to the affected area. It has been shown to reduce the quantity of nerve fibres transmitting painful impulses thereby reducing pain in the area. It is also thought to reverse chronic inflammation, induce tissue healing and produce new blood vessels in the area.
A small amount of gel is applied to the skin overlying the affected area before applying impulses through the probe. Each session typically lasts between 5-10 minutes.
It has a wide range of applications including most tendinopathies and calcific tendinopathies where calcium deposits build up in a tendon or muscle.