SWT uses radial pressure waves to increase blood flow to damaged or pathological tissue to promote a healing response. The aim of SWT is to decrease pain, increase joint range of motion, restore function, release tight muscles, increase blood flow and reduce calcification. SWT usually takes 20 minutes to complete and patients usually require 4-6 sessions to feel lasting benefits.
In the field of Podiatry, SWT is used for various conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, tendinopathies (eg. Achilles), plantar fibromas, calcium deposits in tendons, painful trigger points, heel pain and shin splints.