The non-surgical solution to persistent problems
Shockwave Therapy is a treatment for soft tissue injuries. Whether your injury, pain or chronic condition has been caused by the wear and tear of daily activities, exercise, pregnancy, ageing or accidents, musculoskeletal disorders and soft tissue injuries can be debilitating. Many people think that surgery is the only answer but are worried about taking such a risky step.
Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven and recognised by top orthopaedic hospitals and high-profile professional sports bodies.
What is it?
Shockwaves are high energy, audible sound waves which are transmitted to the affected area to accelerate healing by increasing blood flow, putting cells into repair mode. Shockwave has an analgesic effect and stimulates repair and regeneration. Shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications.
Is it safe?
Yes. It has NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidance for a large number of indications. Performed by qualified therapists it is largely risk free.
Is it painful?
You may feel discomfort to begin with. However, the treatment is delivered with a low amount of energy at first which is increased as you get used to it. The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body’s self-healing mechanisms and creates an analgesic effect. Many patients report immediate pain relief following shockwave therapy. If you experience pain after treatment, you may use ordinary non-prescription painkillers. Do not use anti-inflammatories or apply ice to the area as both may interfere with the body’s self-healing process. Patients will be asked to stop taking no steroidal anti inflammatories 2 weeks prior to treatment to allow it to take full effect.
What can it treat?
Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)
Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
Tennis or Golfers Elbow (Epicondylitis)
Periarticular Shoulder Pain
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Hip)
Trigger Points within muscles on the legs, back or arms
How may sessions will I need?
On average 3 to 6 sessions are advised. A full assessment will determine the quantity. Treatments last between 10 – 20 minutes.
How successful is the treatment?
That can depend on the condition. 90% of patients will experience a reduction of pain in their condition. All indications show a success rate of between 60% to 80%. Shockwave seems very successful at treating chronic conditions but can also treat newer injuries.
How much is it?
A one-off Shockwave treatment for pain relief is £85. Most conditions will need a minimum of 4 treatments so we offer a 4 treatment bundle of £320, or 6 treatments for £470.
It is recommended for patients who have already had previous conservative therapies that have provided little or no clinical benefit. Recent evidence shows that Shockwave therapy can also be used for acute soft tissue injuries as well as chronic disorders.
Significant clinical benefit often seen 6 to 8 weeks after treatment
Fast treatment times
Please talk to us if any of these apply:
Pregnant or trying to conceive
Taking Warfarin or anti coagulants
Under 18 years of age
Nerve or Circulatory disorders
Rarely do you find a more motivated and a professional therapist like Howard. He is not only technically very good, but he also possesses great inter-personal skills.
M. Nielsen (Spa Director, La Manga Club Spa, Spain)
I cannot emphasise strongly enough the benefits of Osteopathy and deep soft tissue massages. For a number of years I have used in tandem both of these treatments during injury and as a general ongoing maintenance to prevent injuries.
Howard has been one of the practitioners at the practice I go to in Hatfield (The Hatfield Practice) and the treatment I have received from him has certainly helped me.
Graham (Runner with St Albans Striders)
I have been seeing Howard for sports massage for a number of years. Howard is excellent at pinpointing the trouble spots and is one of the best masseurs I have come across. A weekly session with Howard keeps my body in shape for competition.
F. Lawrence (Ironman World Championships 2008 finisher)
Howard has really helped to keep me on the road over the years and I'd recommend him to anyone. As a regular long-distance runner and triathlete, I always have tight and tired muscles, but after every session I leave with legs feeling much looser and fresher. He's not afraid to make you hurt a bit to really get at those tight spots!
A. Greenwood (Serpentine Running Club)
I have the pleasure of working with Howard at events and have taken full advantage of his skills. Any treatment, from manipulation to massage, I received from Howard has been a success and long lasting on the many issues I have. So much so he is always in immediate demand when we meet up! Thanks Howard.
C.Styles-Coles (Sports Massage Therapist at Human Race sports events)
Rave reviews from wounded. Ta.
Nigel (Head Coach at the Civil Service Rugby Club)