What are the origins of shockwave therapy?
According to the International Society of Medical Shockwave Therapy, the technique dates back to World War II. Throughout the war, Germany was involved in a lot of water bombings. They found many castaway bodies with punctured lungs. They deduced that shockwaves from the water bombings had interfered with the human body. There was no other identifiable reason for the injuries.
Therefore, this lead to the creation of the first shockwave machine in the 1970s. This was called the “focus shockwave therapy” and was utilised to treat kidney stones. A good success rate was experienced with the machine. As a result, the machine was used to treat different body parts to evaluate the effects of shockwaves. In these early times, the characteristics of the machine were altered. Then they began using the radial shockwave machine. This is the machine that we now have in Core Physio practices today.
What does shockwave therapy involve?
Shockwave involves the transmission of shockwaves. These are acoustic waves that move through the transmitter into the human body and affect the tissues at a cellular level.
There are different theories about the physiological effects of shockwave therapy on the human body:
1- Helps fluid circulation as a result of the impact of shockwaves on the human body
2- It repairs your tissues by working on a cellular level to help with the initial healing and repairs your tendons
3- Helps to inhibit the pain signals to the brain. The pain signals that are carried to the brain get canceled out to reduce the pain felt
4- It helps to improve your muscle tone
What are the common conditions that can be treated?
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Jumper’s knee
- Runner’s knee
- Hip tendinopathies
- Hip bursitis
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder calcific tendonitis