Shockwave Therapy Now Available at Blairgowrie Physiotherapy!

03-Sep-2021

We are excited to announce that Blairgowrie Physiotherapy is now offering Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for our patients.

ESWT is proven to be a safe, highly effective way forward for patients who fail to respond to appropriate physiotherapy treatment. Shockwave therapy works by the Physiotherapist delivering a mechanical pressure wave generated acoustically through a handheld applicator. This involves a small metal bullet travelling via compressed air colliding with an applicator head that causes an impact, and the generation of a high-powered pressure wave called a ‘Shockwave’.

The Shockwaves travel nearly unchanged through fluids, including soft tissues of the body, exerting their effects only where there is a change in acoustic deficiencies along their path in the damaged tissue. These radial shockwaves spread in the damaged tissue and initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and metabolism in the injured tissue. The shockwaves help stimulate new blood vessel growth and improve inflammatory, nervous, tissue repair function and cellular regeneration. Healing continues to work 3 -4 months after Treatment.

There are three main ways of using radial shockwave:
1. Breakdown of tissue
2. Increased healing for example via blood supply
3. Reduction in pain (nerve regulation/desensitisation)
Before shockwave therapy is considered you will have a full clinical assessment by one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.

There have been many robust Scientific research trials supporting the use of ESWT. It has been recommended as a treatment by NICE ‘The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’. 

It is particularly effective for conditions such as:
Calcified tendons
Tendinopathies/Tendinitis of the Knee, Shoulder, Ankles, Hips, Hamstrings
Achilles Tendinopathies
Plantar Fasciitis
Tennis/Golfers Elbow
It may also help Osteoarthritic conditions too.

For more information on Shockwave Therapy contact the clinic on 01250 870062 or email enquiries@blairgowriephysiotherapy.co.uk


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