Radial Shockwave is a tried, tested and well researched treatment used in physiotherapy since the 1990s. It has gained popularity due to it’s effectiveness and application across a wide range of professions.
SWT is used by both our podiatrists and our chiropractors to treat a variety of conditions including those listed below. The list isn’t exclusive –
Plantar fasciitis – heel pain
Tennis elbow – lateral epicondylitis
Golfer’s elbow – medial epicondylitis
Rotator cuff calcifying tendonitis
Jumper’s knee – quadriceps tendonitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic tendinopathy including Achilles tendonitis
Shockwaves are transient acoustic waves which uniquely transmit high energy peaks used to both disintegrate and heal.
Shockwave Therapy is supported by numerous clinical studies attesting to its healing and reparative effects on tissue with over 80% success in relieving symptoms and reducing or eliminating pain.
SWT is tested and approved by physicians all over the world and used from out-patient clinics to amateur sportspeople to Olympic athletes.
SWT is used in rehabilitation, podiatry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, orthopaedics, veterinary medicine, aesthetics and dermatology.
The high energy peak acoustic waves generated by SWT interact with tissue stimulating the medical effects of accelerating tissue repair and cell growth, reducing pain and improving range of movement.
Some of the independent and combined effects of SWT are –
Capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone trigger repair processes leading to the creation of new blood vessels reversing chronic inflammation by increasing mast cell activity.
Collagen production is stimulated by accelerated procollagen synthesis.
Breaking down of calcium build-up in calcific disorders.
Dispersion of pain mediators
Trigger point release.
Frequently asked questions
Will Shock Wave Therapy help me?
Most people experiencing chronic pain have unsuccessfully tried other treatments. Over 80% of the same people worldwide report SWT has helped resolve their condition.
How long does it take?
The application of SWT within your appointment is normally completed in around five minutes.
Does it hurt?
Depending on the level of pain already being experienced in the area to be treated there may be some discomfort. Treatments normally last less than five minutes meaning that any discomfort is tolerable but the intensity can be varied during the session to suit patient preference.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies depending on the nature of the condition being treated and the response of the patient. Effects are cumulative, typically more than one but fewer than six visits with relief normally experienced from the first visit onwards.
Will there be any soreness afterwards?
Sometimes there may be some tenderness for a short period but nothing intolerable or limiting.
Is there anything I can’t do following treatment?
It is sensible to avoid physical exertion for a couple of days following treatment to allow healing to take place.
If you would like more information or to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists or chiropractors please call 01628 773588 or e-mail email@example.com
Golden tips from Maidenhead Podiatry to keep your feet sweet in the hot weather.
Watch out for foot infections – the floors of communal showers and changing rooms at open-air and hotel swimming pools are hot spots for infections such as athlete’s foot and verrucas.
Don’t wander around public pools barefoot. Protect your feet by wearing flip-flops in the changing room and at the pool edge.
If your feet smell, wash them using an antibacterial soap. (If this doesn’t work – see the chiropodist/podiatrist). You can spray your feet with an anti-perspirant deodorant – the type used for arm pits.
If you have sweaty feet in the summer, it’s even more important to wash your feet each morning and evening in warm, soapy water then dry them thoroughly. You can also use an antibacterial wash, which helps deal with foot odour. Wipe them with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit and dust them with talc.
Nylon tights don’t absorb any sweat at all, so enclosed shoes on the shop floor can be very hot and uncomfortable.
If you wear trousers, it's best to use socks with shoes.
If you wear skirts, sandals with a back strap and strap over the instep are the most comfortable option.
If you use talcum powder, shake off all excess otherwise it ends up as soggy clumps between the toes and makes matters worse! ...