Shockwave Therapy In Timperley And Altrincham

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What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a form of electrotherapy in which a person is treated with high intensity acoustic sound waves. A shockwave ‘gun’ houses a chamber in which a small bearing is fired back and forth, emitting an acoustic shockwave from the end of the treatment end. This is placed on the irritated or injured tissue to absorb the force. 

Shockwave therapy is particularly effective for tissues like tendons and ligaments which don’t have as good of a blood supply, especially if they have been sore or injured for a long time.

Do I need shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy can be a very helpful treatment approach for stubborn and irritable tendon-related pain.

Shockwave therapy may help your pain by causing a controlled dose of disruption to the tissue called ‘cavitation.’ Gas bubbles inside and in the space between tissues is vibrated at a high frequency which can inflame the tendon and trigger a healing response. This has a very similar effect that exercise does on tendons, so is useful at times when it is challenging to achieve an optimal profile of loading of exercise, or exercise is aggravating the tissues.

The acoustic forces of a shockwave machine are also believed to ‘oblate’ nerve endings, which effectively means it can misshapen them which reduces their ability to transmit painful sensation.

Because of the nature of the tissues shockwave is most effective at treating, the effects are best when treatment is cumulative, meaning it only tends to take significant effect after 4-6 sessions. Some courses of treatment need to be longer.

Finally, shockwave can be a helpful way to progress out of pain and to move the needle on function, however is most effective when it is dovetailed with a focused approach to rehabilitation, to ensure the tissues being treated are as strong and well conditioned as they can be. 

Is shockwave safe?

There are very few historical cases of complications following shockwave.

Shockwave can be quite uncomfortable however. The nature of transmitting high powered acoustic waves into tissues can itself be uncomfortable, however your clinician should tailor the dosage to be comfortably manageable.

There are a few cases where shockwave should not be used. For example: pregnancy, open wounds or infections at the treatment site, blood clotting disorders, if you are taking blood-thinners, and the presence of certain medical implants including metalwork or pacemakers.
Shockwave should also not be used over bundles of nervous tissues including but not limited to the spinal cord, the brachial plexus, the neck, brainstem and brain. Eyes, abdominal organs and lung tissues should also not be exposed to shockwaves. 

Shockwave Therapy in Timperley and Altrincham

Pricing

Our prices are listed below and for booking or further information please contact us.

15 Minutes

SINGLE SESSION

£90

15 Minutes Each

6 SESSIONS

£500

A niggling injury that won’t go away? A new pain that’s appeared out of nowhere? Not sure if or how we can help? Our initial appointments are free. Book your free 15 minute assessment now and allow one our expert physiotherapists to assess your injury and explain if and how we can help you. For more complex cases we also have our range of specialist services including Children’s Injury Service, Rheumatology, or Second Opinion Clinic.

Melanie Clarke
Melanie Clarke
2023-02-22
We’ll be forever grateful to Chews, the guys are the absolute BEST IN CLASS when it comes to a fully tailored recovery plan. Our son is a young elite competitive acrobatic gymnast who sadly had a high impact fall at gymnastics dislocating and fracturing his elbow and needed surgery, for a gymnast that trains many hours over 4 days week it was devastating blow, especially with GB competitions coming up. Once out of cast (wk 4 post opp) we started 2 x weekly physio sessions with Richard Saxton (who specialises in child’s physio), he was thorough, diligent and his amazing assessments fully supported the coaches at our sons gym to help build a safe recovery plan. The sessions with Richard and Sanford were fun, engaging and they took great care to help improve full mobility and strength. At week 7 post op our son was doing skills we thought would have taken 4mths to achieve, by week 10 he was back to full impact training, even our hospital follow up with the senior elbow consultant was blown away by the physio support we’d had and the rapid recovery. If it wasn’t for Chews we 100% would not be back training this quickly and not have had the reassurances it was safe to do so…..we’ve definitely found a physio for life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Team Chews. From Mel & JJ x x
Ruth Shearn
Ruth Shearn
2023-02-21
Have waited a few months post-treatment to write a review - just to be certain! Quite simply, I can't recommend these guys highly enough. I went to them with two badly damaged knees (miniscus tears). Having had three arthroscopes over the years, I was completely resigned to needing surgical intervention again. The Chews team had different ideas. After showing me the latest research findings, they assured me my knees could be rehabilitated without a scalpel. I had just a handful of sessions with them and am delighted to report that, six months on, my knees are great! I'm running 5k twice a week (don't laugh, I loathe running and am no spring chicken) without any pain and have taken up tennis. Everyone at Chews is passionate about their subject, knowledgeable, reassuring and friendly. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Dave Stuart
Dave Stuart
2023-02-06
I have had a chronic back condition to varying degrees for many years which more recently has forced me to have weeks off work at a time. I was recommended Chews Health by a colleague having tried other physios in the past. However, I always felt that something was missing from the plan. My back muscles would on occasion go into spasm, or my disk to impinge on my nerve, affecting my mobility and effectively setting me back to square one. I came to Chews health a bit wary and was considering surgery due to how much my back was affecting my quality of life and mental health. It has not been a straight forward recovery, but i have made significant progress through having a thorough history taken, my ongoing concerns listened to, and being provided with a clear explanation of not only the exercise plan but additionally explaining why my body was responding in varying ways. This has educated about my condition and provided me with the tools to self manage my condition more effectively should it deteriorate again.. It has not been plain sailing, but I have absolute faith in Jack and his team.
lobo
lobo
2023-01-09
I had to attend Chews Health for help with pain in my elbow and they have been a fantastic help. I am now back to 100%.
The S
The S
2023-01-05
I can thoroughly recommend Chews Health physio. Sessions from diagnosis to rehabilitation are stimulating as well as therapeutic. Jack’s holistic, insightful approach goes beyond fixing the initial problem - he builds the confidence and self-knowledge to help maintain fitness and avoid strains and niggling injuries in the future. His message that the body needs exposure to regular challenges has inspired my journey towards optimum health.
Sam Butler
Sam Butler
2022-12-21
Excellent physiotherapy. After ACL and meniscus surgery I contacted Chews Health to find out about how they could help me feel more confident about returning to more intense sport after my injury. I felt listened to and we worked on a series of different of exercises that tested my knee. Very helpful and I now feel much more confident in my abilities.
feralie Bennett
feralie Bennett
2022-11-23
I saw Richard Saxton for a chronic pain in my achillies. 2 visits, with massage and exercises: clear concise instruction, both written and verbal to do at home were realistic & adapted for my ability - I now no longer require pain relief & can walk the dogs pain free & even manage a few hills. A follow up call to review my progress was also appreciated. The clinic was clean & well equipped. Would highly recommend.
Philip Conroy
Philip Conroy
2022-11-16
When I had severe back pain I was seen within 24 hours. The problem was resolved after 3 weeks of physiotherapy and exercises. I subsequently took up the annual gym membership package which includes regular reviews by the Physiotherapists. I feel this has benefitted me greatly as I had no previous experience of gyms and ensured I was using the equipment in the correct manner. At all times the staff have been very friendly and professional.
Maureen Morris
Maureen Morris
2022-11-10
Helped me tremendously. Lovely people - everyone very very supportive.
Cecilia Wright
Cecilia Wright
2022-10-31
I had been suffering from plantar fasciitis for some months and went Chews Health in the summer for shockwave treatment, after my podiatrist said she had heard good reports about it. Until then I had been resting, exercising it, icing it, using insoles etc., none of which had made much difference. I booked six treatments at the start (recommended) and by the time of the last treatment It was hardly noticeable, so much better! I’ve had two further treatments over the last month, just to be on the safe side, and I’m doing some exercises now to build up the strength in my calf and foot. Chews Health comes with heartfelt recommendations from me, they are friendly, very knowledgeable and best of all - they have fixed my sore foot!