Is shockwave therapy for me?

A customised approach to Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy or ECST (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) is a non-invasive treatment that relieves pain and supports the body’s natural healing process. Using sound wave vibrations to stimulate blood flow and cell growth it helps reduce inflammation and break down scar tissue and calcification.

CK Physio offers focused shockwave therapy rather than the radial shockwave therapy most clinics offer. Focused shockwave therapy delivers the greatest amount of energy into a focused point and penetrates accurately into deep tissue layers.

Going beyond just addressing symptoms, we listen to your story, understand your needs, and craft a personalised shockwave therapy treatment plan to target exactly where the problem lies

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Talk about symptoms and medical history

We’ll discuss and gather information about your symptoms, pain levels, and how they affect your daily routine. Medical and family history will also be examined for the safe use of shockwave therapy.


Physical assessment

Visiting our physiotherapy clinic, a comprehensive physical assessment is conducted to check your balance, range of motion, coordination, strength, endurance, and tissue texture and sensitivity.


Individualised shockwave therapy plan

An individualised shockwave therapy plan is devised for your specific needs and requirements. This will include short and long-term goals, complimentary exercises, and progress indicators.


Support and follow-up

Maintenance is key! You’ll receive ongoing support, follow-up treatments, and necessary adjustments to sustain your recovery.

What is shockwave therapy best for?

Common conditions we treat with shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is primarily used to treat chronic painful musculoskeletal disorders. We’ve detailed how this treatment can help with some common conditions.


Plantar fasciitis of the foot

It can increase blood circulation in the area and speed up healing.


Achilles tendinopathy

It offers long-lasting pain relief for insertional and mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.


Trochanteric pain syndrome (Trochanteric Bursitis)

It can promote blood flow and ease the pain from swollen and inflamed fluid sacs and tendons in the hip.


Tennis elbow

It can induce revascularisation and stem cell activity for faster healing and even increase elbow function.


Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder

Focused shockwave therapy can break down calcium deposits in the tendon.


Carpal tunnel syndrome

It reduces pillar pain and improves hand grip strength, distal motor latency of the median nerve, sensory nerve conduction velocity, and overall hand function.

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What do you need to know before getting shockwave therapy?

There are some common questions regarding shockwave therapy, such as:

Is shockwave therapy painful?

What are the risks of shockwave therapy?

What is the cost of shockwave therapy?

When is shockwave therapy contraindicated?


Is shockwave therapy painful?

A typical shockwave therapy session lasts between 15 and 20 minutes (45 for the initial treatment). It is a painless process, yet it can be mildly uncomfortable until you are familiar with the sensation and sound of the shockwave therapy machine. Be sure to inform our physiotherapist if you experience significant discomfort so we can adjust the intensity for you. Watch the video testimonial of our client who received shockwave therapy.


What are the risks of shockwave therapy?

While complications are rare, you might wonder, “Can shockwave therapy cause damage?”

This treatment must not be used if you have:

  • Low bone density
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Cancer
  • Steroid injections
  • History of blood clotting (or take blood thinners)
  • Pins or plates near the site of injury
  • Or pregnant

Other mild shockwave therapy side effects include bruising, swelling, tingling, and redness of the skin. These usually fade quickly, which makes this treatment low risk.


What is the cost of shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy isn’t a one-off treatment, so the cost will depend on the number of sessions you require and the frequency. Visit our CK Physio booking page to learn more about shockwave physiotherapy costs.

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When is shockwave therapy contraindicated?

Shockwave therapy is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Has an active infection
  • Affected area is near the brain, eyes, lungs, open/post-surgical wounds, major blood vessels, and nerves
  • Affected tissue is already severely torn
  • Has an implanted device or hormones
  • Has open growth plates
  • Recently received a corticosteroid injection

We’re also cautious when using shockwave therapy near joint replacements

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Our licensed physiotherapists tailor their expertise to your specific story

So, choosing a chartered practice like CK Physio gives you peace of mind that best practices are being followed, treatment is safe, and you’re protected whilst receiving the highest quality of care.

All physiotherapists at CK Physio are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and are registered with the Health Professions Council. Why not learn more about who will be taking care of you?

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Conveniently located in Hanwell, West London

Our CK physiotherapy clinic is ideally situated in Hanwell. It is a very accessible location with easy parking and close to public transport connections, making it easier for anyone needing shockwave physiotherapy services, pain relief, and recovery to reach us.

Nearby tube stations are Boston Manor and Northfields. Accessible bus services include E2, E3, E8, 83,207, and 607. Home visits are also available for W5, W7, and W13 postcodes.

Client testimonials

Hear what our previous customers have to say.

We have worked with numerous clients using shockwave physiotherapy and are delighted to share their kind words with you.


From the moment I met Coryn, I felt real warmth and caring. She listened carefully as I spoke about my problems with my neck and back. She did a full assessment and worked out a therapy plan for me. She was so patient and kind.


They were excellent and very knowledgeable. They identified my issues quickly and dealt with them over 4 sessions. I would fully recommend CK Physio. A really good experience and really nice physiotherapists to deal with.

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