Shockwave Therapy

No longer just for Elite Sport Professionals

Say goodbye to long-term pain and create a brand new "normal"

When you’ve suffered from chronic long-term pain it can feel like the normal way to live. But it’s not.

At Ultimate Fitness York we believe that nobody has to to endure endless pain. Soft tissue or bone problems can be debilitating, difficult to manage and stressful. But you don’t have to live under the shadow of chronic, sub-acute and acute conditions, or with the side-effects and worry of regular pain medication. With a highly innovative and specialised form of treatment that is typically reserved for elite sport professionals, it’s time to do things differently.

Safe, effective and non-invasive – and professionally used in the fields of orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine and urology – Shockwave Therapy (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – ESWT) has been proven to deliver significant results where other forms of treatment have failed. With its ability to target specific pain in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, it can give significant – and even total – relief from pain in the vast majority of cases. Particularly powerful in accelerating healing, surgery no longer has to be your only option. Get in touch to find out more.

I had a back problem which wasn’t improving with the input of a chiropractor. I went to Shaun and we have worked together with massage, exercises and sound therapy. I am back running again and pain free. Shaun comes highly recommended.

Johrene Jowett

Shaun is completely amazing! I've not been able to move my arm for months due to rotator cuff issues and within one session I have full range of movement! He is incredibly knowledgeable and has a great way about him that is professional but made me feel completely at ease too. Cannot recommend enough - if there were ten star ratings he would get that!!

Zoe Fraser

Shockwave Therapy was first introduced over 20 years ago as a medical treatment to eradicate kidney stones without causing harm to the skin. Through technology and innovation it has evolved greatly and its use has been extended to include the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The results have been significant and have shown that delivering shock waves to injured soft tissue reduces pain and accelerates healing.

Shockwave Therapy treatment uses an acoustic wave that is pulsated at a high-energy frequency, directly to the painful or affected area. It is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment recommended for people suffering from various types of chronic, sub-acute and acute pain or conditions – even at the highest level of sport.

Shockwave is a viable option to consider for many patients who present with chronic tendinopathy that hasn’t responded to more-conservative treatments. Often difficult to treat, chronic tendinopathy is characterised by localised pain and pathological changes to a tendon. The condition affects athletes and non-athletes alike.

Shockwave Therapy fills a need for injuries that are not responding to first line treatments, such as rest, ice, therapeutic exercise, bracing and orthotics and also for those who are not yet ready to consider more-invasive or surgical options.

Here are some of Shockwave Therapy’s observed benefits:

  • Giving the Medical Effects of Analgesia i.e. pain relief
  • Dispersing the Nervous System Pain Transmitter “Substance P”
  • Restoring Mobility and Pain-Free Movement
  • Reversing Chronic Inflammation
  • Stimulating New Blood Vessel Formation and
  • Increasing Blood Flow
  • Stimulating Muscle Repair and Regeneration
  • Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts
  • Causing the Release of Trigger Points

Most patients require a series of treatments, each of which lasts less than 45 minutes, which includes other forms of manual therapy alongside the Shockwave treatment. Positioning during treatment will depending upon the area being treated. This may include sitting up or lying on your front or side. We will ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment. A contact gel is applied. Treatment is non-invasive and involves mechanical shockwaves being passed through the skin to the affected area via a hand-held probe. The shockwaves are not electrical but are low energy sound waves that can be heard.

A typical course of treatment is one treatment weekly for three weeks. If the patient has improvement with three sessions but hasn’t achieved the desired level of symptom relief, treatment can continue as needed. Athletes undergoing Shockwave Therapy are typically told to gradually increase their activity level based on symptom intensity. Side effects from Shockwave Therapy are limited to mild bruising, swelling, pain, numbness or tingling in the treated area, and the recovery is minimal compared with that of surgical intervention.

More research is coming to light to show the benefits of Shockwave Therapy. Within studies, it is a treatment which consistently shows positive effects and results. Shockwave Therapy is effective on its own but has shown to also work well when combined with other rehabilitating treatments. It is also used within elite professional sport and the NHS. If you would like to read up on some past research papers, here’s a small selection for those that are medically minded:

Bicer et al (2018) Assessment of the Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 108(2):100-105
Editorial (2015) ESWT is a force to be reckoned with. International Journal of Surgery. 24:113-114
Purcell et al (2018) Clinical Outcomes After Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis in a Predominantly Active Duty Population. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. 57:654-657
Roerdink et al (2017) Complications of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in plantar fasciitis: Systematic review. International Journal of Surgery. 46:133-145
Saxena et al (2017) Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis With Radial Soundwave “Early” Is Better Than After 6 Months: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. 56:950-953
Scheuer et al (2016) Approaches to optimize focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) based on an observational study of 363 feet with recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. International Journal of Surgery. 27:1-7

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We are now working from Redmayne Lodge, Strensall on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (but note that home visits are available on request).

Message Shaun at Ultimate Fitness York at [email protected].co.uk or call Shaun for more information on 07811 144348. Alternatively to book an appointment contact Redmayne Lodge direct on 01904 501500 or book online below.

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