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Focused Shockwave Therapy

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by | Dec 6, 2021

Shockwave Is A Very Effective Treatment Option

Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical, drug-free, fast form of treatment that has been shown to be effective at treating many conditions. It is also very safe, with shockwaves targeted specifically to the area in need of healing.

The History Of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy has a very interesting history. Shockwave therapy sounds like a paradox, you may be wondering how can ‘shockwaves’ but remedial or beneficial?

After War World II the bodies are those who had died due to shockwaves that had been badly damaged by the compressions forces of nearby explosions from bombs that had been dropped. Then in the 1960s, in Germany, scientists started hypothesizing the idea that this energy, energy in the form of shockwaves could be used for good or for therapeutic use.

In 1980, focused shockwave therapy was used to break down kidney stones, and it was successful. They also found that lower levels of focused shockwave therapy resulted in the promotion of tissue healing, so that led to the idea that shockwave therapy also treats muscle or tendon or ligament injuries.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy involves using shockwaves created by applying pressure on a metal probe against the skin or muscle tissue and allowing sound waves to penetrate deep beneath the surface.

When shockwaves are applied they create micro-injuries in soft tissues which stimulate repair and cause an inflammatory response within cells; this leads to increased blood flow as well as accelerated cell regeneration, resulting in improved function for those areas being treated.

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  • Shockwave therapy improves circulation and blood flow to the affected area.
  • Shockwave therapy reverses chronic inflammation.
  • Shockwave therapy forms new blood vessels.
  • Shockwave therapy breaks down plaque or scar tissue.
  • Shockwave therapy reduces pain and improves function.

In Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we use shockwave therapy to treat a wide range of conditions from tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis to sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even chronic lower back pain.

Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?

Pain after shockwave therapy is very normal and is actually a good sign that your body is responding to the treatment.

Shockwave therapy can be a little painful or uncomfortable, however is generally well tolerated. If the pain is too much just let your physiotherapist know, and they can reduce the pressure the shockwave therapy machine is producing.

After your session, you can expect some pain because shockwave therapy does induce an inflammatory response in the body to promote the healing process of the tissue that has been injured or damaged.

What Are The Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy?

There are many benefits of shockwave therapy for example:

  • Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical, drug-free treatment option.
  • Shockwave therapy is non-invasive.
  • Shockwave therapy does not involve any injections.
  • Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process.
  • Shockwaves are specifically targeted to the area in need of healing.
  • Shockwave therapy stimulates an inflammatory response which leads to increased blood flow and accelerated cell regeneration.
  • Shockwave therapy is effective at treating many conditions.

Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?

Shockwave therapy is a very safe form of treatment. The shockwaves are targeted specifically to the area in need of healing and do not affect any other part of the body.

Shockwave therapy has been used for many years and is a very effective form of treatment with a high success rate.

If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on the road to recovery.

What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Shockwave therapy can help treat many conditions, such as tendon strains, muscle tears, ankle sprains, tennis elbow, low-back pain, and other sexual health conditions such as erectile dysfunction and stress incontinence.

  • Low-back pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Nerve pain (i.e sciatica, carpel tunnel)
  • Nerve palsy.
  • Shoulder pain.
  • Knee pain.
  • Hip pain.
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Tennis elbow.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction (i.e erectile dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic pain).
  • Non-union or non-healing fractures.

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What Long Are Shockwave Therapy Sessions?

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic for many of our clients, we offer six to eight sessions, two sessions per week for three or four weeks, however, some clients may need more sessions but that is rare.

We generally offer shockwave therapy in combination with other therapies to get our clients feeling other best, to help them achieve the outcomes they are looking for.

We offer treatment packages for our clients that are individually tailored to our clients. For example, at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic if you arrive at the clinic with an up-flare of low-back pain, in a lot of pain, we may prescribe 12 sessions of therapy,

The first six sessions will involve shockwave therapy and spinal decompression, to promote healing. The final six sessions will involve intrinsic core strengthening and physiotherapy to rebuild strength and resistance in the body to promote long-term health and wellness. Each session of shockwave usually lasts from 20-30 minutes.

Visit us in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Ireland

Our physiotherapy & other services extend throughout Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown including Blackrock, Cherrywood, Stillorgan, Rathfarnham, Shankill, Cabinteely, Foxrock, Clonskeagh, and Killiney.

Our office is located just outside of the center of Dun Laoghaire and is between Deansgrange and Monkstown. You can find our building entrance on Lower Mounttown Road, across from Woodland Park. We are a 30-second walk from Dublin Bus stop 2031 which is outside of Mccormick’s Pub.

Book Your Appointment Today

If you are experiencing pain or have a condition that shockwave therapy may help treat, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help get you started on the road to recovery.

Call at 01-254-4800 or book online to start your recovery journey with us.


[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32309424/

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32798759/

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