Shockwave Therapy as part of the management of Achilles Tendinopathy and other painful soft tissue conditions. As an Osteopath and been using hands of skills and principles for over 25 years I bought the shockwave therapy for chronic stiff muscles, repetitive strain caused by prolonged sitting. However,as I have now been using this shockwave therapy for over 18 months the shockwave therapy has been used from various tendons and ligament conditions I have uploaded for you to read this excellent recent practical paper November 2015 Courtesy of the company Storz Medical Switzerland.
Eccentric Strength training is one of the best evidence based protocols for Achilles Tendinopathy however it is difficult and time consuming to find the time to fully comply with the exercise protocols The November 2015 paper explains clearly why it is not always practical So now for over 18 months one has been using the shockwave therapy with good outcomes along with strengthening training or sometimes as post surgery recovery
One many works to release the tight shortened calf muscles with the shockwave therapy this seems to reduce the pain stiffness and allows the achilles tendon to be more compliant to strengthening and loading If one is a runner than one must be more ambitious and follow a good loading and strengthening protocol provided by a personal trainer or physiotherapist or myself or your coach