Shockwave Therapy

Reducing pain, promoting faster healing 


We are unique in Cornwall using a combination of Focused and Radial shockwave in treatment. 

A series of between 3 -6 sessions is optimal for benefit. These are spaced at weekly intervals. Please allow up to 45 minutes for the first session to go through your medical history, your problem and examine you. You will receive treatment at the first session.

Thereafter Shockwave Therapy sessions are 30 minutes during which you will receive a consultation on progress and any problems you may have, an examination, shockwave therapy and osteopathic treatment.

Single sessions – £95. . Current evidence shows that a minimum of 3 sessions, spaced weekly /fortnightly is necessary to achieve good results. The evidence doesn’t support more than 6 sessions.

Most insurance companies will contribute to shockwave treatment – it may be worth checking!


You can contact us through the website link above or call – 01637 878645

All our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

What is Shockwave Therapy used for?

Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven and highly effective treatment for long standing tendon and soft tissue problems. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reviewed Shockwave Therapy and has approved guidelines for its application. It is found to be very effective for the treatment of:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis/heel pain
  • Tennis elbow/golfers elbow
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (lateral hip)
  • Other tendon problems
  • Shin splints (Medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Non-union fractures (5th meta-tarsal, Scaphoid)

Shockwave Therapy treatment has a success rate of between 70-80% and has found to be effective where other therapies have failed. It may prevent the need for surgery although it does not work for everyone.  

What does Shockwave Therapy do?

  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces excessive muscle tone
  • New blood vessel formation
  • Resolves inflammation
  • Stimulates repair processes by speeding up the healing rate
  • Stimulates the growth of new tendon cells
  • Breaks up calcium deposits in the tissues

Shockwave Therapy treatment is an acoustic pressure wave similar to that created when a plane breaches the sound barrier or the sound of thunder. Long term inflammation doesn’t lead to complete repair in the tissues and in fact can lead to some tissue destruction. There is no end point to what should be a normal body process. Shockwave Therapy treatment causes a new minor injury and stimulates the chemicals and cells involved in inflammation so that a new inflammatory response begins but ultimately stops when the repair is complete.

Is it painful?

Radial Shockwave treatment can be a bit painful, Focused treatment is less so and much better tolerated. As the treatment progresses the pain lessens considerably. Some patients describe it as uncomfortable rather than painful but we have the ability to lower the settings if the discomfort is too much to handle. Generally there is a marked reduction in pain after the treatment. Some patients find that they develop a dull ache a few hours after treatment which may last a day or so.


Unfortunately we cannot give you shockwave:

  • If you have had a Cortico-Steroid injection in the area in past 3 months
  • If you are pregnant
  • Over Lung tissue
  • If you have a Cardiac pacemaker
  • Over or near bone growth centres until bone growth is complete (<18years old)
  • Malignancy is known to be present in or near the treatment area
  • If you have open wounds, skin rashes, swollen, inflamed, or infected areas
  • Over ischemic tissues in individuals with vascular disease
  • If you have an Infection at the treatment site


For more information on shockwave you can visit the Storz medical website -