Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ECSW)

Conditions commonly treated with ECSW

  • Tennis elbow

  • Golfers elbow

  • Rotator cuff pain (shoulder) 

  • Jumpers knee (Patella tendonitis)

  • Muscular trigger point release 

  • Achillies tendonitis 

  • Plantar fasciitis (base of under foot) 

Originally developed for Urology, pneumatically generated shock waves were successfully used on bone tissue as early as 1990.

How does it work?

ECSW Shockwave therapy is a non-evasive treatment that is used on chronic tendon conditions, tight muscles (trigger points) and many other soft tissue problems.  ECSW is a high intensity pulse (shock wave) that is directed at the area of concern.  This high energy shockwave pulses break down existing scar tissue in the targeted area.  It also promotes increased blood flow and triggers the bodies natural healing processes.  The shock waves also decreases Substance P (a neurotransmitter) in the treatment area which reduces pain and sensitivity. 

Current research:

There is a lot of current research to support the benefits of shock wave treatment. Click on the following link to read more: 

http://www.swissdolorclastacademy.com/en/news/downloads

How long does treatment last? 

Treatment is normally 5-10 minutes in duration depending on the type of injury.

 

Treatment for plantar fasciitis

 

 

Treatment to the achilles tendon.