Olympian Runner Aly Dixon is treated with Focused & Radial Shockwave Therapy ESWT Achilles Tendonitis

Dr Jens Lundgren (doctor of Naprapathy, lecturer & teacher specialising in Shockwave Therapy ESWT) Treats Olympian Aly Dixon’s Achilles tendinopathy using a holistic shockwave approach. He combines Focused Shockwave Therapy F-SW (Storz T-Top Device) to treat the exact area and pathology, then he moves on to Radial Shockwave Therapy R-SW (using the Storz Falcon handpiece, with various transmitters) to treat the entire tendon, tense fascia and trigger points. He then finishes with the V-Actor vibration therapy to massage the area and reduce pain.

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Aly Dixon presents with mid portion Achilles tendonitis with thickening of the tendon and a change of internal structure. Aly runs up to 120 miles per week, so this is clearly an overuse injury. For Tendonitis Shockwave therapy ESWT will enhance the capacity of the body to heal itself. In the short term shockwave therapy provides pain relief and in the long term shockwave increases function.

Dr Lundgren starts the treatment with focused shockwave as it has a more targeted and specific energy output, he uses it to treat the precise area and the exact pathology. He uses the stand-off applicator as without the stand-off the focused treatment depth would be approx. 55mm, for the Achilles the depth doesn’t need to be so great, the stand-off reduces the treatment depth to approx. 1cm.

He carefully locates the most tender point and stays in verbal contact with Aly so she can update him on the pain level. This is to ensure he is in the right area and that the pain is manageable, he is able to adjust the settings directly at the Storz Focused handpiece, which saves time and prevents him losing the precise area. He stresses the importance of patient feedback to ensure you are on the right area. Aly reports the pain as 6 out of 10, which is at the ideal level. He carries on with 500 shots or until the pain decreases.

Following the focused treatment he moves onto the radial shockwave Storz Falcon handpiece. He uses this to treat the entire tendon. These radial pressure waves are more superficial and can treat a larger area as well as increasing circulation. He treats at all different angles and applies pressure to the foot to tighten the tendon. Changing the transmitter he then treats the tense fascia and trigger points with radial shockwave. This final transmitter is most suited to myofascial treatments.

Finally Dr Lundgren moves onto the V-Actor Vibration handpiece to relax and massage the area at a hertz of 25 or more. This part of the treatment is pain free and can be used before of after the shockwave treatment, to ‘warm up’ the area if they are particularly tender or to relax the are after treatment.

About Aly Dixon

Shockwave is the one treatment that kept my Achilles Tendonopathy at bay, allowing me to continue to train and compete.
— Aly Dixon, Olympian British marathon champion 2016 & 2017

Alyson Dixon is a marathon runner and Olympian. Aly qualified for a place in the Rio Olympics after  becoming the fastest British woman to finish the 2016 London Marathon! Aly visited Venn Healthcare’s Stand at Therapy Expo where she shared her former successful experiences with STORZ MEDICAL Shockwave for her Achilles treated by Physio&Therapy UK - Paul Hobrough

What is Achilles tendinopathy?

This is a common running injury or generally related to over use. It’s an injury to the band of tissue (tendon) that runs down the back of your lower leg to your heel. Patients report pain, stiffness, thickening and sometimes swelling that makes it difficult to move. It’s estimated that around 150,000 people are affected by Achilles tendinopathy every year.

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