Shockwave Therapy

‘Shockwave’ therapy or ‘Radial Shock wave’ is a proven and researched therapy.

How does it work?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves applying a series of low-energy acoustic waves via a gel medium to an injured area of your body. Radial Shock wave causes initial ‘hyperstimulation anaesthesia’ to the injury site. This decreases pain signals to such an extent that their activity diminishes, thereby decreasing or eliminating pain.

A regeneration or tissue-repairing effect in musculoskeletal tissue is also produced by Shockwave. They appear to stimulate the release of growth factors and an improvement in blood supply leading to repair of tendon and bone. These are the mechanisms by which long-term improvement in symptoms occur.

In conjunction with Shockwave therapy, specific rehabilitation is prescribed to give the optimum outcome.

  1. Your Physiotherapist will locate the area of pain through palpation. This area will then be marked, and some ultrasound gel applied.
  2. The shock wave impulses are delivered using a handpiece. It takes about five minutes to deliver a single treatment. This is generally said to be uncomfortable (rather than painful) and is well tolerated by most patients.
  3. This process is repeated a total of three times – with a week between treatments. Some patients note an immediate improvement in their pain; however, the best results occur 12 weeks after the initial treatment.

Shockwave Therapy:

  • Is as effective as 3 months of eccentric strengthening for Achilles’ tendinopathy.
  • Is an effective treatment for proximal hamstring tendinopathy in professional athletes.
  • Is an effective treatment for plantar fascia dysfunction (fasciitis) and has been FDA approved for this condition.
  • Is effective for treating trochanteric pain.
  • Can be used to treat tennis and golfers’ elbow (tendinopathy affecting the common extensor and flexor tendons at the elbow).


ACC Initial Appointment – $110

ACC Follow-up – $67

Private Initial – $180

Private Follow-up –  $120

Giving you relief from pain

In conjunction with an exercise-based rehabilitation programme, Shockwave Therapy has been seen to accelerate the healing process of muscular and tendon issues.