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Vale Health Clinic in Tunbridge Wells

Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven treatment for soft tissue injuries. A shockwave is defined as a sound wave that passes through the body and is not an electrical pulse. Treatment initiates a pro inflammatory response in the tissue where the shockwaves have been applied. The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications.

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Shockwave Therapy Advantages

Shockwave therapy is normally recommended for patients who have already had previous conservative therapies that have provided little or no clinical benefit. The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body’s self healing mechanisms. It is usual to experience immediate pain relief following the treatment and hence improved movement. Reported side effects are minimal, however there may be some discomfort during treatment such as skin reddening, possible bruising. If you are concerned please speak with your medical practitioner before receiving treatment.

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What is Focused Shockwave Therapy?

Focused shockwaves have a higher energy density and faster impulse compared to radial devices. Focused shockwaves can target deeper tissues more precisely, delivering all of its energy within the tissue. Local painful spots, chronic insertional tendinopathies, bone stress injuries and deep trigger points are therefore best treated with focused shockwaves.

Penetration depth can be modified using stand-offs and can reach up to 12.5cm.

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Shockwave Therapy

  • No anesthesia
  • Non invasive
  • No medication
  • Fast treatment (30 minutes per session) 3+ sessions required
  • Fewer complications
  • Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes the treatment is a bit painful, but most people can stand these few intense minutes without medication. If you are in pain during the treatment please notify your medical practitioner as there are some adjustments that can be made to reduce the discomfort, however, having some pain during the treatment illustrates that shockwaves are having a positive effect.
You will normally experience a reduced level of pain or no pain at all immediately after the treatment, but a mild and diffused pain may occur a few hours later. This dull pain can last for a day or so.
Radial Shockwave Treatment initiates a pro-flammatory condition in the tissue that is being treated. If necessary you may use ordinary prescription-free pain killers. Do not use anti-inflammatory medication and do not use ice on the treated area as both will interfere with the body’s self healing abilities.
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