What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive and effective treatment for:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Osgood Schlatter disease
  • Calcific tendonitis

How does shockwave therapy work?

The simple answer –  shockwave therapy sends sound waves into the painful area to stimulate healing and pain relief.

The shockwaves are acoustic waves, generated by a pellet being launched at speed to the end of the hand piece at a preset interval. The sound waves then travel from the tip of the hand piece, through a gel, and into – and through – the tissues where they release energy and have several effects.

These effects include:

  • Reducing pain and improving function
  • Release of substance P –  a pain mediator and growth factor.
  • Reduction of inflammation  by inhibiting the cox II enzyme

The most coming question: is shockwave therapy painful?

Shockwave therapy doesn’t hurt at all. If anything, you may feel a mild discomfort during the treatment. The purpose of shockwave therapy is to intentionally create an inflammatory response in the injured tissue. This may mean there is some slight discomfort after treatment as well. That said, we have yet to find a patient who can say it wasn’t worth it!


We recommend a course of treatment. A patient can expect anything from 3-5 sessions to achieve results.

Introductory offer: 

Shockwave Package: £270 (3 Sessions)

Additional sessions: £90 (1 session)

Do insurers cover the cost of my treatment?

If you have private health insurance, please ensure you speak with your insurer in advance to see if they cover shockwave. All insurance covered sessions will need to be pre-authorised. We have contracts with all the leading insurers, however, you must mention this at your time of booking, or you will be expected to pay our fees.

For more information about shockwave therapy and our services, please call us on 020 7603 0040 or email us at info@kenphysio.com.