What is Shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy

Radial Pressure Shock Wave therapy is the latest technological management option that will be provided by the Quay Health team. The Chattanooga Intelect RPW 2 Shockwave machine is the best on the market.

Shockwave machine 1

The team at Quay health have been extensively trained to provide Radial Pressure Shock Wave Therapy to manage your injuries with up-to-date research-based practice protocols. Shock wave therapy is used as an adjunct alongside goals-based rehabilitation.

What is Shockwave therapy?

The Shockwave machine has a piston that moves up and down a barrel which repetitively taps onto a specialised transmitter to generate radial waves into soft tissue to produce a therapeutic effect.

Shockwave therapy offers a safe, non-invasive, and effective management solution to:

  • Influence tissues on a cellular level to promote inflammation which enhances and reset the healing pattern
  • Desensitise tissue: Shock Wave therapy can reduce sensitive areas around the body via gate control therapy to calm symptoms down
  • Shock Wave is a non-invasive therapy with no radiation
  • Revascularisation (the development of new blood vessels) occurs in the region of treatment to allow for more oxygen and nutrients for healing and regeneration
  • Muscle tone recovery to assist with stiffness in soft tissue.

What is shockwave used for?

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Posterior tibial tendon tendinopathy
  • Patella/Hamstring/gluteal tendinopathy
  • Calf muscle stiffness
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Chronic tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Pulse vibration massage

How much shockwave do you need?

Researched Protocols for clinical evidence-based protocols range from 3-6 session of 1500-2000 Shocks.

Appointment process:

The team at Quay health will:

  1. Mark the region that shock wave therapy will be applied and educate on possible outcomes.Shockwave machine podiatrist 2
  2. Select the best evidence-based transmitter depending on your goals and the tissue being treated.Shockwave head 3
  3. Apply a water-based ultrasound gel over the skin to improve the pressure shock pulses to the targeted area.Shockwave ultrasound gel 4
  4. Always start at a low energy acoustic level of intensity to improve comfort levelsShockwave machine
  5. Perform a pre and post treatment comparison to test for improvement in function or decreases in pain.Patient education 6
  6. Educate on when is the best periods to return for increase therapeutic effect.shockwave machine in use 7


If you have interested or would like to try Radial Pressure shock wave therapy, feel free to contact our team on 02 9252 2825


Post by: Podiatrist Richard Ching