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What is Shockwave?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that utilises acoustic wave pulsations to stimulate blood circulation and tissue healing at the injured area.
There are 2 types of shockwave: focus and radial pressure.
The type of shockwave therapy used at the clinic is radial pressure – designed to treat more superficial areas such as the hand and elbow.
Shockwave works by delivering kinetic energy onto the skin and into the target area. This energy interacts with the surrounding tissues stimulating new blood vessel formation, collagen production and the break down of existing calcifications, which in turn reduces pain and restores movement .
As shockwave therapy accelerates tissue repair and growth, it may help to speed up recovery and reduce treatment time and cost.
We are the only hand therapy clinic in Victoria & Australia to offer shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy is beneficial for a variety of conditions as supported by the latest research.
Shockwave therapy is considered safe with minimal side effects as compared to other forms of invasive treatment such as cortisone injection and surgery. Most people will experience pain relief or an improvement following the first session. Some may experience temporary tenderness or swelling over the treatment area, which usually subsides after a few days.
How many sessions do I need?
As the effect of shockwave therapy is cumulative, a course of 3 to 6 weekly sessions is required to experience its benefits.
Is Shockwave Therapy for me?
Shockwave therapy is beneficial for an array of subacute and chronic conditions but it may not be suitable for some individuals.
Contraindications include acute inflammation, pregnancy, blood-clotting disorders, nerve dysfunction, cancer, pacemaker, implants and if you have just received a cortisone injection for less than 6 weeks.
Please note that Shockwave Therapy is only available at our Epping clinic.
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