What is Shockwave Therapy?

A practitioner performs shockwave to a client's leg

Shockwave Therapy Explained by a Vancouver Physiotherapist

Shockwave therapy is a popular form of treatment, but often it’s hard to find a clinic that carries the correct equipment to perform this technique.

What is a shockwave?

An acoustic wave meeting with tissue causing overall effects of accelerated tissue repair, cell growth, analgesia, and mobility restoration. 

Indications for use: 

  • Jumpers knee
  • Painful shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Heel spur
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Reversal of chronic inflammation
  • Stimulation of collagen production
  • Dissolving calcifications
  • Dispersion of pain mediator “substance P”
  • Release of trigger points 

How many sessions will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the pathology and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative (adds up), so you typically need more than one treatment. Often our clients report some kind of relief after just 1 treatment. So, plan for 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on your tolerance and your tissue response.

Will it hurt?

Usually, clients tolerate the treatment well, depending on what their issue is. Within 2–4 hours after the treatment, you may experience some soreness in the treated area but this soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.

For a video on what a shockwave session would look like see the below link: