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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Success Rate Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

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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

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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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What Can Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Treat

Whatever your healthcare needs, we are here to help

Shoulder Tendinitis
Shoulder Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinopathy
Achilles Tendinopathy
Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow

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Shockwave Therapy Fees

Per Session


During your first consultation we will perform and diagnostic ultrasound, this will diagnose your problem and help determine the optimal treatment plan.

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Total Price


If shockwave therapy treatment is recommended, 4 sessions at weekly intervals.

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I have been receiving shockwave therapy at Tunbridge Wells Chiropractic from Gary. Having had chronic greater trochanteric pain syndrome for over two years, treatments from various professionals, including several cortisone injections in my hip, shockwave is the only thing to have caused any significant and lasting change. I was wary after having tried so many things and seeing no improvement, but Gary talked me through it, explained how it worked and has also managed my expectations (though I still think it must be magic to be so effective!). I can now walk up stairs without pain and feel my strength returning through the rehab exercises Gary has given me. My only regret is not finding Gary sooner!! I highly recommend both Gary and shockwave therapy.

Becky KeenPatient

In June 2016 a trauma to my left elbow left me with severe tennis elbow. My doctor gave me exercises to do but they did not help at all. He then suggested I try shockwave treatment and gave me Gary's phone number.
I have had 5 sessions with Gary, and so far things are going really well. I am not totally pain free but am now able to do most things without a problem. He gave me gentle exercises to do and ordered a brace to prevent further damage whist everything healed.
Gary is very knowledgeable and takes time to listen to you. A little way to go yet but thank you Gary for what you have achieved.

Stuart PorterPatient

My son was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatters which basically left him sofa bound and in pain from an otherwise active and healthy lifestyle. Treatment offered from GP/Hospital was ineffective (painkillers and stretching exercises) so I turned to Shockwave Therapy. After 4 x weekly treatments and I would say that he is 80% better and pretty much living his post-diagnosis lifestyle. I have been impressed by the results and the kind/professional service given. The actual treatment was quite painful for my son an a very tender area of his knee but, for a couple of minutes of discomfort, the results were well worth it. I would recommend this clinic and this form of treatment.

David BoulcottPatient

Had five sessions of Shockwave therapy on my right Achilles tendon with Gary. The tendon had been getting worse for months and was excruciatingly painful and showing no signs of recovery despite endless rest, ice, physio exercises etc. Gary was friendly and professional, and the treatment (whilst a bit uncomfortable at times) was extremely effective, with the benefit being felt almost immediately. I've gone from being only able to limp a few yards, to being able to walk and run normally. Worth every penny, and highly recommended!

Ruth WinchesterPatient

I was in agony from plantar fasciitis when I first visited Gary. Fast forward four sessions of shockwave therapy and the searing pain has all but gone. I couldn't be more grateful to him after months of absolute misery. I highly recommend his treatment for any fellow PF sufferers.

Lis KeyPatient