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shockwave therapy evidence for healthcare professionals

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Shockwave mechanism and evidence for healthcare professionals

Shockwave therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment of injured soft tissues, specifically tendon and plantarfascia when an injury reaches a chronic non-healing state. A safe alternative to surgery or steroid and other treatment injections, shockwave therapy is clinically proven to stimulate metabolic reactions.

Shockwave Therapy


Compressed air accelerates a projectile which strikes a fixed applicator.

The kinetic energy is converted into a shock wave delivered to the target tissue through the skin.


These shock waves are conveyed radially for broad treatment areas.

Generating Shock Waves

generating shockwaves
Extracorporeal Shockwave

Releases more Substance P thus moderating pain and giving an analgesic effect and facilitating tissue repair


Inhibits the Cox 11 Enzyme producing an anti-inflammatory effect


Activates cellular defences - the release of free radicals helps to strengthen the body’s cellular defence mechanisms


Hyperstimulates nerve fibres activating the pain gate mechanism and intensifying the analgesic effect.

extracorporeal shockwave

Radial Shock Wave visualisation


The compression phase (P+) penetrates the skin and weakens the tissue.

A tensile phase (P-) follows generating cavitation bubbles.

These bubbles collapse causing secondary shock waves.

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