Shockwave Therapy

We are delighted to be able to offer Shockwave Therapy.

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat pain in areas such as the Achilles tendon, but evidence shows it can help other conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and a range of other joints.

After undergoing Shockwave Therapy, some people report an immediate reduction in pain levels.

Shockwave Therapy is often used in combination with other physiotherapy techniques as part of your recovery programme. The use of Shockwave Therapy as a treatment modality would always be implemented following an Initial Consultation with one of our therapists.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy:

  1. Fast and effective pain relief
  2. Non-surgical and non-invasive
  3. Stimulates blood flow in areas of poor circulation
  4. No need for medication
  5. No risk of infection

So, how does it work?

Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment, and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues within the abnormal tendon. This increases the blood flow within the affected area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing, and decreasing local factors which can cause pain.

A small amount of gel is applied to the area in which the shockwave therapy will be delivered (much like during an ultrasound scan). A therapy gun is pressed against the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin. The impulses are delivered through the skin as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave. These radial shockwaves initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue.

Shockwave Therapy is delivered as a course of treatment, typically between 3 to 6 sessions depending on the issue and its severity.

After the treatment, you may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. But this is the body healing itself naturally.

For more information, please contact a member of our team by emailing us at or by calling 0800 731 2738

You can also book an appointment online at

what to expect

further information about visiting us for a Shockwave session, from what we treat to what you should expect and how to prepare can be found below.

How it works?

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat longstanding pain and discomfort. A handheld device is moved over a conductive gel on the skin to send waves of energy to painful areas of the body. These mechanical pressure pulses (shockwaves) work by reinjuring tendons and tissues which in turn stimulates blood flow helping problem areas to heal.

How to prepare for a session

Aside from a positive attitude, you should bring the following items to one of our physiotherapy sessions:

Suitable Clothing
e.g; Shorts, Strappy top, Sportswear etc.

(if you require them to read forms)

Medical History
Please remember to inform us of any prior or ongoing medical problems that you have even if you think they seem unrelated to the pain you are seeking treatment for.

Shockwave Therapy At Summit

Here at Summit we can offer our clients the best possible treatment in line with NICE guidelines for patients suffering with Tendonopathy. People suffering from such problems may find relief in the form of physiotherapy or local steroid injections but for the majority of chronic patients surgery has been the only option for resolution of symptoms.

Now we can offer our clients who are suffering with Shoulder, Elbow, Hip, Knee and Ankle pain a non-invasive treatment called Shockwave Therapy a treatment technique using revolutionary high-tech equipment.

How Does Shockwave Therapy work?

Via the application of a hand held device, the treatment is delivered through a conduction gel applied to the painful site, the Shockwave Therapy is (a series of energetic mechanical shockwaves created by compressed air in the hand piece) passed into the tissues. The mechanical waves stimulate an inflammatory-like reaction in the tissue being treated. The body’s response in turn is to increase the localised blood circulation and metabolism which enhances the body’s healing process.

What Can Be Treated?

There are many conditions that will benefit from Shockwave therapy not limited to;
Frozen Shoulder
Tennis Elbow
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Patellar Tendinopathy
Achilles Tendinopathy
Plantar Fasciatis 

With documented medical evidence to support the treatments inclusion in the NICE guidelines conditions have reported such improvements as;

77% for Tennis Elbow
90% improvement in Plantar Fascia symptoms
75% for Achilles and Patellar Tendinopathy
91% improvement for Calcific Tendinitis

FAQ’s with Shockwave Therapy

Why Shockwave Therapy?
NICE Guidline approved
Rapid Pain relief
Restoration of normal functional activities
>70% success rate
No medications
3-5 sessions

Are there any Side-effects
Although it is a safe procedure some minor pain/discomfort during or after the treatment is administered is to be expected. Less commonly there could be minor skin bruising, reddening or swelling of the effected area.


Blood clotting disorder
Received a steroid injection with 6-weeks
Skin infections/abrasions at the treatment site

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