FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a procedure where shockwaves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric. They are audible, low-energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing. There may be some discomfort during and after the procedure but it is not invasive and you can carry on with all your normal activities.
It is not usually given as a first line treatment but can be used if response to physiotherapy is slow. There is evidence to support the use of shockwave and it is recommended by NICE guidelines for the treatment of tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.
You will likely need a course of treatment from 3 – 6 sessions, usually spaced weekly. It is not suitable for everyone and as such we need to complete a full assessment before providing shockwave.
Can I have acupuncture treatment on its own?
We use acupuncture as an adjunct to physiotherapy. It is therefore provided as a western medical acupuncture and is slightly different from a traditional acupuncture treatment. Please ensure you book in with a therapist specifically trained in acupuncture, as not all our physio’s are.
Can I bring someone with me to the appointment?
Yes, this is not a problem, please just let us know. If you are under 16, we require that you attend with a person who has parental responsibility or guardianship.
Do you treat children?
We treat children, usually from age 10 upwards, who are presenting with musculoskeletal complaints such as sporting injuries, ankle sprains, fractures, and back pain. We are not trained in neuro-developmental conditions, and we would ask that you seek a specialist paediatric physiotherapist for this.
What measures are you taking for COVID-19?
We kindly request that you adhere to current government guidelines when attending the clinic. Please do not attend the clinic if you are unwell or have been advised to self-isolate.
As a clinic we have introduced measures to limit the infection risk, but it needs to be acknowledged that there remains some risk when attending the clinic in person.
What we are doing to minimise infection risk:
- Increased ventilation through-out the clinic by keeping the main door slightly ajar as well as utilising the virus filter on our modern air conditioning system.
- As always contact surfaces cleaned after contact using high grade cleaning products.
- Appropriate protective equipment worn by staff.
- Clients asked to wear masks and sanitise hands.
- Contactless payment options available.
We can provide remote consultations via zoom or over the telephone for those who prefer to be seen in this way or who have an increased health risk.
These sessions are up to 30 minutes and charged at £30.