Phone01992 500036 AddressBeActive Clinic, 28 Castle Street, Hertford, England

Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) non-surgical solution to persistent problems

Non-surgical solutions to persistent problems


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment where a hand-held device is applied outside the body, introducing energy to painful areas and promoting the body to heal itself. Regardless of the cause; injuries can be debilitating and, if left untreated, may affect your daily life. Shockwave is a nonsurgical, non-invasive treatment option for a wide variety of conditions with no downtime.

In having a long-term injury many people think that surgery is their only option to get better but there is risk involved and a long recovery time associated with this. “Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods: fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.” FDA

Clinically proven

Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven, recognised by the top orthopaedic hospitals and used by high-profile professional sports bodies.


What are shockwaves?


Shockwaves are high-energy sound waves which are transmitted to the affected area to accelerate healing. The treatment increases blood flow, decreases localised pain and stimulates cell regeneration - this encourages the body to repair itself. Shockwaves also break down injured tissue and calcifications.

Radial vs Focused Shockwave Therapy

Shockwaves work on different platforms and can be either focused or radial. The machines operate and affect the body differently. Ask your therapist for more information on the differences.

What are the advantages with Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy can be used in both chronic and acute conditions.


  • Anaesthesia is not necessary
  • It’s entirely non-invasive
  • There is no medication involved
  • It’s safe
  • Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment
  • Fast treatment times

Is Shockwave Therapy safe?

Yes. It has NICE guidance for a large number of indications and is used within the NHS. Shockwave Therapy performed by qualified therapists is largely risk-free.


NB If any of the following apply to you then please notify your clinician prior to any treatment.


  • If you are pregnant or trying to conceive
  • If you take anti-coagulants such as Warfarin
  • If you are under 18 years of age
  • Cardiac Pacemaker
  • Malignant tumours
  • Nerve or circulation disorders
  • Infections


Is Shockwave painful?

You may experience some discomfort during treatment but the pain should be tolerable. Due to the analgesic effect of Shockwave Therapy many patients report immediate pain relief following treatment.

If you experience pain after treatment you may use ordinary non-prescription painkillers such as paracetamol. Do not use anti-inflammatory medication or Ibuprofen as both may interfere with the body’s self-healing process.



Common treatable conditions include:


  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfers Elbow)
  • Periarticular Shoulder Pain
  • Tendinosis Calcarea (Calcific Tendonitis)
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Hip)
  • Back Pain

On what parts of the body can Shockwave Therapy be used?

Shockwave Therapy can treat conditions in the hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, achilles, forearms, shins, back and feet.


How many sessions are needed?

The amount of treatment sessions will vary dependant on the type of shockwave used and conditions being treated. As a general rule 3 - 6 treatment sessions is advised. As this is encouraging the body to heal itself your body will progress in the healing process even 2-3 months after treatment has stopped .


How successful is the treatment?

Statistics vary based on the condition being treated - varying from 60-90% success rate. Studies have shown 90% of patients with Achilles Tendonitis (Heel pain) will experience a full recovery or significant reduction in their pain and injury.

Can Shockwave treat old/persistent injuries?

Shockwaves can treat both long-term chronic conditions and newer injuries, there is a great deal of evidence to show that Shockwave Therapy can achieve great results even with historical conditions.






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How much will shockwave therapy cost?

Soft Tissue/Injury Treatment - 25 mins £53
Soft Tissue/Injury Treatment - 50 mins £78

What our clients say...



  • Amazing treatment, friendly and welcoming staff, highly recommended!

    Client EE
  • Thank you so much for my massage after the Knebworth half marathon today. I walked in with my legs stiff and aching and after just a few minutes I felt I had new legs! Absolutely amazing! Thank you very much!

    Client SS
  • So glad I went in to have my back seen too. I can actually move today. Thanks for the prompt and professional service.

    Ellie Purvis
  • Fantastic place and Wayne is an absolute star! He's been a great asset in getting me fit and ready for the Great North Run in just over 2 weeks time! And I will continue seeing him post run thereafter. Lovely to be around, very knowledgeable and works wonders!

    Client ZB
  • My first visit today - Wayne was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

    Client DW
  • Wayne is an absolute miracle worker for me, he helps me with my health condition. And I can't thank him enough.

    Client JS





If you have any questions about our services or are not sure which treatment option is most suitable for your condition, please do contact us – we’ll be happy to help.


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