Exclusive at our Chatswood clinic, we are proud to be one of a few clinics to offer shockwave therapy as a modern pain management solution.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a treatment method that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation. As a therapeutic technique, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is gentle on tissue and has minimal risks or side effects.
How Can Shockwave Therapy Help Me?
Immediate pain relief
Stimulate natural healing process
Deeper penetration to target deep tissue areas
Our shockwave therapy Sydney treatment has provided exceptional results due to the targeted treatment we perform, combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation approach incorporating eccentric training and biomechanical correction. Shockwave therapy promotes the healing process when facing an injured achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and more. For more information on whether shockwave therapy is the right approach for you, speak to the team at Infinite Health today.
Occurring within your regular physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment session, your physio or chiro will use a device to deliver high-energy sound waves which penetrate the skin to stimulate your body’s natural scar tissue and tissue repair mechanisms. A typical session for shockwave therapy treatment will involve:
The area of pain or discomfort is located, marked, and ultrasound gel is applied.
The hand-held shockwave therapy machine is moved over the skin of the affected area, touching the skin lightly.
Sound waves are delivered in short pulses to the affected area.
Shockwave Therapy Sydney: In the Clinic
In the clinic, we use shockwave therapy as an adjunct to various other physiotherapy techniques such as soft tissue releases, mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, exercise rehabilitation and biomechanical corrections.
The actual shockwave therapy will last between 5 and 10 minutes, during which your physiotherapist will use the applicator to deliver the acoustic shock waves to the target area. On average, Infinite Health recommends between 4 to 6 sessions to get the best results; however, pain is often significantly improved after just one or two treatments.
If your physiotherapist or chiropractor determines that shock wave therapy will help your condition, they will discuss it with you in further detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have before beginning.
What Shockwave Therapy Can Help with:
Shockwaves are an effective treatment used to treat major symptoms of:
Patellar tendonitis (jumpers’ knee)
Rotator cuff tendinopathy
Painful trigger points
Shockwave therapy in Sydney is a beneficial treatment for almost all chronic tendon injuries that have not responded effectively to other treatments. Many patients that undergo shockwave therapy show a rapid improvement in condition and reduction of nerve pain signals when compared to other more traditional treatments, with this normally showing improvement between two and three treatments.
Your therapists who are trained in shockwave therapy
Founder and Principal Physiotherapist
John founded Infinite Health Group for one sole purpose - to deliver the highest quality health care service to the community. He specialises in treating sports injuries, with expertise in knee and shoulder injuries. He also competes in football (soccer), providing him with practical experience around knee conditions and injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to relieve pain and promote healing. It is a safe and effective alternative to surgery or pain relief medication for many conditions, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and chronic back pain. Most notably, it is used to treat chronic tendon conditions.
Shockwave therapy involves stimulating the body's natural repair process. The shock waves trigger the release of growth factors at a cellular level and promotes the formation of new blood vessels. The high-frequency shock waves increase blood flow to the area and speed up the healing process.
A series of shockwave treatments is usually required for optimal results. Most people experience a significant reduction in pain after just a few sessions.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, or conditions such as plantar fasciitis, an injured Achilles tendon, or another chronic tendon condition, shockwave therapy treatment may be a good option for you. It is important to talk to your doctor or a qualified health care professional to see if this treatment is right for you.
Is shockwave therapy painful?
Shockwave therapy is not very painful, although you may feel a brief sensation of pressure or vibration when you undergo shock wave therapy. Some patients report feeling a mild tingling sensation afterwards, but this typically goes away within a few hours. Others may experience bruising or redness in the treated area, but this is usually temporary and will resolve on its own within a few days. The treatment is designed to reduce pain and to leave virtually no side effects, and each treatment session should see that your injured tendon becomes less painful.
Will I be able to resume normal activities afterwards?
Yes, you should be able to resume your normal activities after shockwave therapy. There may be some soreness or bruising in the treatment area, but this should resolve within a few days.
Is shockwave therapy a stand-alone treatment?
So, how does shockwave therapy work in the context of injury treatment? And how many treatments will you need? It can often be used as a stand-alone treatment, particularly for minor injuries. However, in some cases (and for chronic tendon conditions) it may be necessary to use shockwave therapy as an ongoing treatment plan alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care. This will depend on the nature and severity of the injury. If you are unsure whether the treatment is right for you, it is always best to seek professional advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner.
Infinite Health adopts a comprehensive treatment program when it comes to pain management solutions. Our approach to pain relief encompasses a diverse range of approaches including our remedial massage treatments, which will also help to promote recovery.
Will insurance cover the cost of shockwave therapy?
A shockwave therapy treatment plan is administered by trained professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors or remedial massage therapists. As such, shockwave therapy is covered by private health insurance if you have any of these benefits on your policy.