Shockwave Therapy

Stimulate your body’s healing response with the latest physical therapy – Shockwave

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) or Shockwave is a proven treatment used in physical therapy. A device for chronic pain sufferers that uses high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy to stimulate the body’s healing response. The Swiss Storz Shockwave Therapy machine now installed at EHP Physio is state-of-the-art with up-to-date online protocols and research.

Expected benefits, expected results

  • Typically, a reduction in pain after 1-3 treatments
  • Improved mobility and function
  • Minimal side effects
  • Healing continues after treatment for up to 12 weeks

Conditions that would benefit?

  • Bursitis of the shoulder, knee or hip
  • Plantar fasciitis/Heel pain
  • Tendonitis, Achilles and hamstring
  • Golfer/Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Runners knee, shin splints

What does treatment involve?

An initial consultation to establish if Shockwave Therapy suits your area of dysfunction, during which a treatment plan is developed combining complementary sessions of musculoskeletal manual therapy, Shockwave and exercise programs.

Each 30 minute dedicated Shockwave Therapy session will include delivery of pulse waves directly to injured area for approx 5-8 minutes along with pre- and post-muscle relaxation techniques to assist in minimising discomfort and post treatment irritation. Depending on the area treated and your level of existing pain, you can expect some discomfort however the SWT machine can be adjusted during treatment to ensure optimal patient comfort.

  • Treatment will usually involve between 3-6 sessions over 1-2 months with 7-10 days between treatments (depending on response and chronicity of dysfunction).
  • Side effects are normal and should abate within a couple of days. Side effects may include some reddening of the area, swelling, aggravation of pain or bruising.
  • Shockwave assists in the repair and recovery of tendons so your physiotherapist will advise activities to do and to avoid between treatments.


Shockwave Therapy is not suitable for everyone or all injuries. Please advise your Physio if any of the following apply:

  • Recent or acute injuries, acute inflammation
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes or disturbed sensory or nervous function disorders
  • Heart or circulatory problems, Haemophilia or blood coagulation disorders
  • Corticosteroid injections – less than 6 weeks prior to starting Shockwave Therapy treatment
  • Malignancy or tumours in or around the treatment site
  • Prostheses or implants around the site

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