Shockwave Therapy

Cranbourne Osteopathy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy uses compressed air to accelerate a projectile within the shockwave machine, which then hits the applicator and produces kinetic energy. This creates a physical sound wave producing the “shock” in shockwave therapy (no, there's no electric shock).

Shockwave therapy produces an inflammatory response which increases metabolic activity around the site of injury. This stimulates and accelerates the body's healing process (remodels dysfunctional collagenous tissues, such as tendinopathies, trigger points, muscle strains, etc.), and can also be used to break down scar tissue/ calcifications. Shockwave also works to reduce pain by inhibiting the neurotransmitters that deliver the pain messages to the brain.

Cranbourne Osteopathy

What does a shockwave therapy appointment involve?

Shockwave therapy works best when used in conjunction with our usual osteopathic techniques and a tailored exercise program so where appropriate we endeavour to do this for every client.

Each appointment will be tailored to what our client in front of us needs but will usually include a combination of the shockwave therapy itself, hands-on manual therapy and a demonstration and practice of the take-home exercises you will be given to help with your recovery.

More FAQs

How Long Does Treatment Last and How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Approximately 2000 shocks are administered per treatment area (the duration of which is approximately 4-5 minutes). Every patient and condition is different so some patients may need more shocks or a longer duration but this will depend on the severity of the injury and chronicity (how long the condition or injury has existed). Normally three to five treatments are necessary at intervals as determined by your osteopath. Shockwave therapy has been shown to have a 80-90% success rate in clinical trials when treating appropriate injuries.
Does Shockwave Treatment Hurt?
All osteopaths have a general understanding of the entire body and can address the pelvic floor externally for some complaints. However to do thorough assessment and to assess and treat this area iThe short answer here is yes, shockwave treatment does hurt and is uncomfortable. This is one of the mechanisms it uses to reduce your pain levels. Your osteopath will always keen the pain level within your tolerable limits and can stop at any time if you need. Honestly though its not something people have needed to stop us doing as we build the intensity slowly and keep it as comfortable as possible. Shockwave is a non-invasive procedure and doesn't require any anaesthesia. You will likely experience some tenderness and discomfort but it is a generally short treatment that lasts under 5 minutes. Your Osteopath is able to adjust the machine to decrease the amount of pressure you feel to suit your tolerance level.

Some discomfort may be experienced 24-72 hours after treatment and you may also experience some bruising and swelling. However most people notice an immediate change in their presenting pain or condition.

nternally an osteopath does require additional training. Currently our osteopaths Emily and Mirae have completed additional training in this area.
What Conditions Can Be Treated By Shockwave?
• Tendinopathy (including achilles, hamstring, gluteal, patella and more)
• Golfers or tennis elbow
• Calcified tendinitis in the shoulder
• Plantar fascia pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder
• Subacromial impingement/pain in the shoulder
• “Shin Splints”
• Low Back Pain
• Osteoarthritis
• Oschgood-Schlatter disease
• Stress fractures
• Chronic myofascial trigger points
• Bone marrow oedema
• And many many more conditions
What Is The Cost?
A shockwave treatment will cost you an additional $60 on top of your usual osteopathic consult fee for each session of shockwave therapy. For most clients this will be $180-$300 for the shockwave component of your treatment. When compared with other medical interventions such as injections, specialists or surgeries, this is often a more cost effective option overall.
Unsure if shockwave therapy is right for you?
Reach out to the clinic today or go ahead and book a shockwave appointment with one of our osteopaths. Your osteopath will discuss your complaint with you and if we don’t deem you as an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy your appointment will be changed to a standard osteopathy appointment and your fee will be reduced by the $60 shockwave amount. If shockwave is not right for you, it doesn’t mean general osteopathy won't be!

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