Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)


What is Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)?

Shock wave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is the clinically proven non-invasive and pain-free go-to for chronic soft tissue injuries that need more intervention during or post rehabilitation in order to achieve the fullest recovery in conditions such as Achilles tendon pain, tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis.


A non-electrical and thus non-harmful sound wave passes through the tissue using a hand-held probe. The shockwaves induce an increase in blood circulation to the target site, breaking down stubborn fibrous scar tissue that builds up in time, particularly in where issues are more chronic  – in the case of chronic and therefore painful conditions the shockwave therapy acts as analgesic, gently relieving the pain associated with the condition.


Breaking down scar tissue is the catalyst that makes Shock Wave Therapy so effective. Scar tissue, unlike regular healthy tissue, is inelastic and that can hinder normal movement and function. If the injury is left untreated surrounding healthy tissue can take the brunt, which could causing further damage and pain.


Increasing circulation to the injured area will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and swift pain reduction. With a series of treatment we can restore normal function.

What does Shock Wave Therapy treat?

A variety of body issues are entirely treatable, here are some examples of successfully treated common injuries.

  • Plantar Fasciaopathy (Also Know As Plantar fasciitis)
  • Shoulder pain (perhaps caused by calcification)
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendinopathy (Previously Known As Achilles Tendinitis)
  • Hip pain (Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy)

What to expect at your initial consultation:

You will meet an experienced member of our physiotherapy team who will assess your injury and suitability for Shock Wave Therapy treatment.


There will be a full explanation of what to expect – actual treatment usually lasts for up to 10 minutes. The treatment may be complemented with a relevant hands-on therapy prior or post at the discretion of the physiotherapist. This will always be discussed with the client.


Does Shock Wave Therapy Have Side Effects Or Cause Pain?

There are no known side effects with Shock Wave Therapy. Most patients experience a reduction in their existing pain. Rarely, a mild pain or discomfort can be experienced subsequent to treatment and it may last 24 hours.



What Are The Contraindications For Shock Wave Therapy?

As with all treatments, always check the contra-indications, these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Pregnancy (or when trying to conceive)
  • Not suitable under 18 years (consult GP)
  • Cannot be used over areas where metal pins or plates are present
  • Malignant tumour
  • Thrombophilia or other circulatory disorders
  • Nerve related conditions
  • Infections
  • If the patient is taking anticoagulants

(There are exceptions to some of the listed, we advise consulting your specialist to confirm suitability for treatment)

 Shock Wave Therapy?

Following only 3 to 4 treatments with Shock Wave Therapy, reports show that 80% of patients experience a marked reduction in pain and normal function was achieved.

We researched and tested a host of machines before choosing Lika Vario Pro, a cutting edge, results-heavy machine that is entirely safe.


Costs for treatment:

Your initial consultation and treatment carried out by one of our experienced and Shock Wave Therapy qualified Physiotherapists will be £250 for 3 sessions. BOOK ONLINE HERE

All additional treatments cost £90 each

Typically injuries take 3 to 4 treatments for a good resolution, we recommend that patients book 3 consecutive weekly sessions to achieve the full healing effect of Shock Wave Therapy.

Block bookings are accepted and carry a fee reduction, payable in advance.


Research papers for Shock Wave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy for soft tissue injuries (ESWT)

EPAT for Trigger Points and Myofascial Conditions in Sport Medicine (Robert Gordon, M.D. & Chris Broadhurst, M.D.)

Heal pain treatment results using EPAT vs ESWT

Extra-corporeal Pulsed-activated Therapy (“EPAT” Sound Wave) for Achilles Tendinopathy

Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Low Energy Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy (EPAT) for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis8

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