Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy in Colchester, Braintree and Stansted

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive clinical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain in various parts of the body, particularly tendons.

During the procedure, a specialised machine delivers shockwaves to the affected area, which promotes the growth of new blood vessels and accelerates the body’s natural healing process. Shockwave therapy is commonly used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, achilles tendinitis, and other musculoskeletal disorders.

The treatment typically takes about 15-30 minutes per session. Patients may require multiple sessions, depending on the severity of their condition. Improvement is normally noted within 3-6 sessions but may take more.

Shockwave therapy is considered safe, but it may cause some discomfort during the treatment but this is usually tolerated well. Patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the treatment site.

In most cases, other treatments and exercises can be given alongside this treatment. Shockwave therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, individuals with pacemakers, or people taking blood-thinning medication.

Overall, shockwave therapy is a promising treatment option for individuals with chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders. It has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving function in many patients, and is considered a safe and non-invasive alternative to surgery or other more invasive treatments such as steroid injections. Shockwave therapy is available in each of our clinics.