Gisborne Shockwave Clinic is based in Melbourne's north and provides Shockwave Therapy on a host of conditions. Located within the Gisborne Chiropractic Clinic, serving Gisborne and surrounds for more than 37 years.
What is Shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy involves delivering high intensity sound waves to injured tissue, in order to stimulate healing and also to reduce pain. Different to regular ultrasound, shockwaves are generated via a special handpiece, and come in two main forms: Focused Shockwaves, and what is call Radial Pulse Waves. Most shockwave used for musculoskeletal disorders is of the Radial Pulse Wave type (also referred to as “Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy” or ESWT), although the term “shockwave therapy” is often used interchangeable to mean either type.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave machines use compressed air sent into a special applicator handle to drive a small metal piece down a metal tube, which strikes the end of the applicator head, producing a strong sound wave, much like hitting a drum. This can occur rapidly, with modern machines able to produce from 15-21 strikes a second.
SWT is thought to work via a number of mechanisms. In the short and longer term SWT can have a pain killing effect, via the stimulation of nerves in the region and also, it is thought, via effects mediated by the nervous system higher up (such as in the brain). SWT is also thought to “reset” the healing mechanisms that naturally occur whenever there is an injury.
Normally, when tissue damage occurs there is an inflammatory response to the injury from the body. The job of inflammation over the course of 6-8 weeks is, essentially, to repair the damaged tissue and then leave. Often with chronic injuries (e.g. a chronic tennis elbow), there is enough inflammation in the area to cause pain (one of the symptoms of inflammation), but the process seems to be stuck in ‘second gear’, meaning that full healing and resolution of the problem never takes place. SWT is thought to reset this process and allow for normal, full healing to take place. In this regard, SWT is like the opposite of a cortisone injection, which aims stops inflammation altogether, but can weaken muscle-tendon structures and other side effects.
If you are seeking to have SWT, ensure your practitioner is using equipment that has passed Australian Standards (watch out for cheap Chinese imports), and also preferably a practitioner that will use a multi-model approach to your care, including rehab and any other appropriate techniques.
What conditions can be treated with shockwave therapy?
The scientific literature has been exploring SWT for many years, and there is a large amount of peer reviewed data regarding SWT and its’ effectiveness for a variety of conditions. SWT is generally used for chronic conditions that have responded poorly to other treatments. SWT has been shown to be beneficial for the following conditions:
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Troachanteric Pain Syndrome (side of the hip pain)
- Plantar fasciitis/heel spurs
- Hamstring tendinopathy and tears
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff tears/chronic or calcific tendinitis
- Calcific tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Trigger points
- Lower back pain
- ITB syndrome
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Jumper’s knee
- Sever’s disease
While some studies have shown effectiveness for treating ED (erectile dysfunction), this is done with focused shockwave only in almost all studies, and is not performed by our practitioners.
Side effects/who can’t have SWT
SWT is non-invasive and has been shown to be very safe. Side effects, when present, are usually feeling a bit sore in the treated area (like after a massage), or rarely small amounts of bruising or redness. People who are on blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) or have blood clotting disorders should not have SWT. Tumours or fresh inflammation in the treatment area should also not be treated with SWT. Pregnancy is what is called a ‘relative contraindication’, and may or may not affect your ability to have SWT – call and chat to one of our practitioners for more advice.
The Gisborne Shockwave Clinic is a part of the Gisborne Chiropractic Clinic, which has been in operation for more than 37 years. Our experienced chiropractors have a combined 23 years experience using shockwave in conjuction with other techniques. We can bill most private health funds onsite, as well as Medicare. We are registered providers with DVA, WorkSafe, TAC and more.
Don’t hestiate to ask us something. Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (03) 5428 2669.
71 Hamilton St,
Gisborne VIC 3437
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If you have any questions about shockwave, one of our practitioners will be happy to discuss these with you over the phone first, to help decide if shockwave therapy is right for you.