Shockwave Therapy at AECC University College

Alongside the popular Chiropractic Clinic, AECC University College offers a number of other clinical services including MRI, a breastfeeding support clinic, digital X-Ray, ultrasound, massage therapy and Shockwave Therapy.

Jon Cook is an AECC alumni, chiropractor, former lecturer and now specialist Shockwave Therapy clinical practitioner. He has worked at AECC University College for 24 years and runs a Shockwave Therapy clinic twice a week at AECC University College, overseeing students and administering treatments – alongside his work at a private practice in Devon. Here he explains the benefits of Shockwave Therapy and how it integrates into other therapies available at AECC University College.

What is Shockwave Therapy and how does it work?

As you may guess from the name, Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses waves of energy to target pain and inflammation in the body. Originally a more powerful version was used as a therapy for breaking up Kidney Stones, or for loosening prosthetics before surgery.

The pulses of energy spread out from the therapy applicator into the targeted area. Often with injuries, they may heal but there may be inflammation or scar tissue left inside that causes mobility issues or pain – this is known as a state of disrepair, where the tissue and injury has degenerated and sensitised and remain very painful, but it's not doing any healing anymore. The Shockwave Therapy ‘kick starts’ the healing process in the body again. This is done by causes bruising or inflammation in the localised therapy site.

Jon said: “The body kick starts healing again via four mechanisms – Shockwave Therapy increases blood flow, increases the release of lubricin which is almost like a tendon oil. Although it is painful to have done, the tissue’s threshold for feeling pain goes up, so it has a pain killing effect. But the most important thing it does is it causes cells responsible for scar tissue healing to go back to work and encourages healing.”

What type of injuries is Shockwave Therapy helpful for?

Shockwave can be useful in the management of a range of conditions including Plantar fasciopathy, Achilles Tendinopathy, Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, as well as tennis and golfer’s elbow. Shoulders, hips and feet are the most common treatment areas.

How long to shockwave therapy treatments normally take?

Normally Shockwave Therapy is administered in a course of 4 to 6 appointments. Each appointment is about 20 minutes, with 5 minutes of Shockwave Therapy and the additional time focussed on helping restore mobility by going through mobility exercises, taping techniques, soft tissue techniques and making sure the patient has a treatment plan and feels comfortable and confident with it.

Shockwave Therapy can be administered in conjunction with Chiropractic care or on its own.

Self-referral is possible; however, the more traditional route is referral through the Chiropractic Clinic.

Internal referral from chiropractic student clinic

£45 per session

External referral & Academic staff clinic referral

£65 per session

What’s the best part of the job?

One of the best parts of the job is helping people and seeing the treatment work and people progress across the sessions. Jon said: “Before I ever started as a Chiropractor, I knew I wanted to do something vocational. I wanted to help people and do some good directly. By using Shockwave Therapy my patients can get some really good results.”