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"Maximising Performance: The Impact of Shockwave Therapy on Running injuries"

Shockwave therapy for running injuries

Shock wave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic waves to promote healing in injured or painful areas of the body. This therapy has shown promise in helping runners recover from injuries and manage chronic pain, potentially transforming painful runs into enjoyable ones. Here’s how shock wave therapy can make this difference:

1. Accelerated Healing of Injuries

  • Enhanced Blood Flow: Shock wave therapy increases blood circulation to the injured area, promoting faster healing by delivering more oxygen and nutrients.

  • Stimulated Cell Growth: The therapy stimulates the production of collagen, a key component in the repair and regeneration of tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

  • Reduced Inflammation: Shock waves can help reduce inflammation and swelling, which are common causes of pain and discomfort in injuries.

2. Pain Reduction

  • Pain Relief Mechanisms: Shock wave therapy interrupts pain pathways and can desensitise nerve endings, providing significant pain relief.

  • Endorphin Release: The treatment can stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, which can help alleviate pain during and after runs.

3. Improved Mobility and Function

  • Breakdown of Scar Tissue: Shock waves help break down calcified tissues and scar tissue, which can restore flexibility and function to the affected area.

  • Increased Range of Motion: By reducing stiffness and improving tissue elasticity, runners can experience an increased range of motion, making running more comfortable and fluid.

4. Non-Invasive and Low Risk

  • Non-Surgical Option: Unlike surgical interventions, shock wave therapy is non-invasive, reducing the risks associated with surgery, such as infection or prolonged recovery time.

  • Minimal Side Effects: The therapy has minimal side effects, with most patients experiencing only mild, temporary discomfort at the treatment site.

5. Treatment of Common Running Injuries

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Shock wave therapy is particularly effective for treating plantar fasciitis, a common condition among runners characterised by heel pain.

  • Achilles Tendinopathy: Runners suffering from Achilles tendinitis can benefit from the therapy as it promotes healing and reduces pain in the Achilles tendon.

  • Gluteal Tendinopathy: is a condition characterised by pain and inflammation in the tendons of the gluteal muscles causing lateral hip pain.

  • Patellar Tendinopathy: Also known as "runner's knee," this condition can be effectively treated with shock wave therapy, helping runners return to pain-free activity.

6. Long-Term Benefits

  • Prevention of Recurrence: Regular sessions of shock wave therapy can help prevent the recurrence of chronic injuries by maintaining healthy tissue and preventing the build-up of scar tissue.

  • Sustainable Performance: By addressing underlying issues and promoting overall musculoskeletal health, runners can enjoy more sustainable performance with fewer interruptions due to injury.


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