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How Shockwave Therapy Enhances Osteopathic Treatment Outcomes in Auckland

Updated: Mar 2

Shockwave Therapy: A Revolution in Pain Management

Our Unique Approach to Osteopathy in Auckland

Our journey to become the best Osteopaths in Auckland has been one of innovation and excellence. As leading Auckland osteopaths, we've strived to transform osteopathic care in West Auckland by evolving to meet the diverse needs of our community.

At Movement Mechanics, our approach is tailored, combining deep understanding with patient-centred care. We view each individual as a unique entity, requiring a bespoke treatment plan that addresses not only the symptoms but the root causes of their discomfort.

We focus on the interconnectivity of the body's structure and function. Our West Auckland Osteopath team employs hands-on techniques to alleviate pain, restore movement, and encourage the body's inherent ability to heal itself, as well as adopt the latest evidence-based treatment tools to provide more options for our patients.

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Understanding Shockwave Therapy

As pioneers of shockwave therapy in Auckland, Movement Mechanics Osteopathy has been at the forefront of incorporating this technology to enhance treatment outcomes for our patients and is the first Osteopathic clinic in New Zealand to adopt the technology. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that targets areas of the body experiencing pain or discomfort. This innovative therapy stimulates the body's natural healing processes, promoting tissue repair and cell growth.

Radial shockwave therapy, epitomised by the EMS Swiss DolorClast® method, employs a series of high-energy acoustic waves that penetrate the body in a non-invasive manner. These waves stimulate metabolism and enhance blood circulation, which are crucial in the healing process of musculoskeletal tissues. The energy released by these acoustic waves is absorbed by the body's tissues, leading to biological effects that promote repair and regeneration.

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EMS Swiss DolorClast®: The Gold Standard in Shockwave Therapy

The EMS Swiss DolorClast® Radial shockwave therapy is renowned for its precision and effectiveness. It's particularly lauded for its ability to target pain and facilitate healing without the need for surgical intervention. This therapy works by initiating the body's natural healing response, encouraging the production of new blood vessels and reversing chronic inflammation. With no loss in power output and leading the way in research, this unit is the only one we stand by as actually providing therapeutic benefits for our patients.

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Synergy in Healing: Combining Osteopathy and Shockwave Therapy

Musculoskeletal Indications That Benefit from Treatment

Several musculoskeletal conditions have been shown to benefit significantly from the combined approach of osteopathy and radial shockwave therapy:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis: This common condition, characterized by heel pain, benefits from shockwave therapy's ability to stimulate collagen production and dissolve calcified fibroblasts. Combined with osteopathic manipulative treatments to improve foot biomechanics, patients often see a reduction in pain and improved function.

  2. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Radial shockwave therapy targets the elbow's extensor tendons, promoting healing of the tendon tissues and reducing inflammation. Osteopathic treatments complement this by addressing joint alignment and muscular imbalances in the arm, wrist, and shoulder, leading to improved outcomes.

  3. Achilles Tendinopathy: The therapy accelerates regeneration in the Achilles tendon by increasing blood flow and breaking down scar tissue. Osteopathy aids in this process by ensuring proper lower limb alignment and mobility, enhancing the effectiveness of the shockwave treatment.

  4. Shoulder Tendinitis: For shoulder pain, shockwave therapy can break down calcific deposits in the tendons and stimulate metabolic activity, leading to tissue regeneration. Osteopathic manipulative therapy further supports recovery by improving shoulder joint mobility and reducing strain on the affected tendons.

  5. Back Pain: While not a direct target for shockwave therapy, back pain resulting from muscular tension or spinal alignment issues can benefit indirectly. Osteopathic care addresses the structural causes of back pain, and shockwave therapy can be applied to related soft tissue conditions, such as trigger points, to reduce pain and improve muscle function.

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How Radial Shockwave Therapy Benefits Patient Outcomes

In each of these conditions, radial shockwave therapy provides a unique set of benefits:

  • Pain Reduction: By directly targeting the site of pain, shockwave therapy can significantly reduce symptoms, often after just a few sessions.

  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration: The therapy stimulates the body's natural healing processes, promoting the repair of damaged tissues and enhancing the quality of tissue regeneration.

  • Reduced Need for Medication: Patients often find that they can reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication, thanks to the efficacy of the treatment.

  • Quick and Non-invasive: As a non-surgical option, radial shockwave therapy offers a quick and non-invasive alternative with minimal downtime and side effects.

Integrating EMS Swiss DolorClast® Radial shockwave therapy with osteopathic treatments provides a comprehensive approach to managing musculoskeletal conditions. This synergy not only addresses immediate pain and discomfort but also works towards long-term healing and prevention of future injuries, underscoring the holistic philosophy at the heart of Movement Mechanics Osteopathy Auckland. Our commitment to innovative, patient-centered care ensures that each individual receives a tailored treatment plan designed to promote optimal health and well-being.


Jonathan Hall M.Ost, BAppSci (Human Biology), PGCertHSc (Acupuncture), GradDipHeal

Jonathan Hall is the founder and principal Osteopath at Movement Mechanics Osteopathy. Jonathan specialises in Shockwave Therapy and Western medical acupuncture. A fully qualified Osteopath registered with OCNZ, PNZ, PAANZ and ACC, Jonathan also founded Auckland Shockwave Therapy to help bring evidence-based Shockwave treatment to New Zealand using the industry-leading EMS Radial Shock Wave device.

Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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