What is shockwave therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a series of high-energy percussions applied to the affect area. The Shockwave is a physical sound wave “shock”, not an electric one.
How does it work?
Treatment produces an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process. Shock wave will also break down scar tissue and/or calcification. Finally transmission of pain is diminished through neurological mechanisms.
At Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthotic Centres our chiropodists have been certified to provide Shockwave therapy. Shockwave is most commonly used on the foot to treat plantar fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis. Treatment normally involves three treatments at weekly intervals.