What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment where a hand-held device is applied outside the body, introducing energy to painful areas and promoting the body to heal itself.

How does shockwave therapy work?
Low energy shock waves are applied to the painful area by our experienced physiotherapists using a probe that is placed against the skin. Shock waves break down injured tissues and calcifications and can enhance the healing process in the body. They can also stimulate metabolism, improve blood circulation and alleviate pain on a long-term basis.
What are the advantages of shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-evasive treatment method that can be used on a variety of chronic and acute conditions. Significant clinical benefits can often be seen after 6-8 weeks of treatment. There are minimal risks and side effects involved with shockwave therapy.
Is shockwave therapy painful?
Shockwave therapy is gentle on tissue and when performed by one of our qualified physiotherapists, is tolerable and can provide immediate relief from pain. If you experience minor pain after a session of shockwave therapy then you are advised to take non-prescription pain killers such as paracetamol.
What conditions can be treated using shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions and injuries, including
plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, hamstring tendinopathy, achilles tendinopathy, hip pain, heel pain, shoulder pain, shin splints & back pain. Call 07595 564 477 to see if shockwave therapy is suitable for you.

Can I claim for shockwave treatment on my private medical insurance?
Many of the private healthcare providers that we work with will cover shockwave treatment as part of your healthcare policy. We advise that you speak to your healthcare provider to confirm the level of cover included within your policy. If in doubt, call us and we can help to find out if you’re covered.
How much does shockwave therapy cost?
The initial shockwave therapy session costs £70 and follow-up sessions cost £60.
How successful is the treatment?
As a clinically proven treatment method, extracorporeal shockwave therapy has varying degrees of success – depending on the condition being treated. Overall, success rates for pain alleviation vary from 60-90%. Studies have shown 90% of patients with Achilles Tendonitis (heel pain) will experience a full recovery or significant reduction in their pain.
I’ve had my problem for so long now, is it too late to have ESWT?

No. When a condition has persisted for a while, the natural healing process slows down. Shockwave therapy gives the healing process a boost, increasing blood flow to the injured area and causing new cell tissue growth. If in any doubt as to whether shockwave therapy is a suitable treatment option for you, please call the clinic on 07595 564 477 and we will be able to advise.

Call React Physiotherapy on 07595 564 477 or email to book shockwave therapy. Alternatively, complete the short enquiry form below and we’ll get back to you.