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Shockwave therapy

Stimulate your body's natural healing response

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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a method of therapy that uses a device to send acoustic waves of high energy pulses into an injury affected area on a person’s body. The device works by creating a microtrauma to the affected area, thus stimulating blood flow and thereby promoting tissue healing. In chronic pain, these Shockwaves create a new inflammatory process, which then kick starts the brain to react by sending the necessary nutrients to promote healing.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy include:

  • Fast pain relief
  • Mobility restoration
  • Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
  • Non-surgical
  • Non-invasive


Watch our video to learn how Shockwave Therapy works

What conditions can Shockwave Therapy help with?

Shockwave Therapy is an effective treatment option for a variety of chronic disorders, including:

  • Shoulder tendonitis / calcification
  • Plantar fasciitis / foot pain
  • Tennis elbow / golfers’ elbow
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Hip bursitis
  • Trigger points

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then Shockwave Therapy may be the right treatment for you.

Shockwave Therapy is available at these Health First Group clinics.

Bundaberg | Gold Coast | Mackay | Maryborough | Mount Isa | Rockhampton

Kincumber | Goulburn


Albany | Bunbury | Karratha | Kalgoorlie

Alice Springs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with Shockwave Therapy?

Call your local clinic today to arrange an appointment. Alternately, click here to book an appointment online.

What does Shockwave Therapy feel like?

People may experience mild discomfort during the treatment. As the area becomes desensitized, the initial discomfort typically fades as it is being treated. Your Shockwave Therapist will adjust the intensity based on your comfort level to minimise discomfort. It can be gradually ramped up if necessary.

How many sessions of Shockwave Therapy do I need?

Effects start to occur after just 1 session. Most patients will notice a significant improvement in their pain symptoms & recovery within 3-4 sessions & a full treatment course is approximately 12 sessions. Your Physiotherapist will likely combine this with other modalities of treatment to give you the best outcome.

Is there a situation or condition where Shockwave Therapy cannot be used?

Shockwave Therapy is not advised:

  • Over or near bone growth centre, or until bone growth is complete
  • When a malignant disease is in or near the treatment area
  • Infection in the area is to be treated
  • Over ischemic tissue in individuals with vascular disease
  • For patients who have coagulation disorder or are taking anticoagulant medications
  • For patients who have a prosthetic device in the area to be treated
  • If the patient has a fetus in the treatment area.

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