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Shockwave therapy Calgary

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (commonly called shockwave) is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to promote healing in damaged tissue. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as a safe and effective alternative to more invasive treatments, for a variety of chronic pain conditions.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Wondering what is shockwave therapy? Shockwave therapy involves the use of a special device that introduces intense, short sound waves into the affected area. These sound waves stimulate the body’s natural healing process, to promote tissue regeneration. 

It’s worth noting that it isn’t a shock – it’s a shockwave, created by the device rapidly moving a projectile in the transmission head to create a sound shockwave.

The sound waves pulsate the tissue just enough to create a “stress reaction” without causing damage, initiating your body’s healing cascade.

The beneficial events of a healing cascade include the breakdown of calcification and tissue adhesions, leading to a decrease of pain, increased bloodflow and increase of function.

The treatment is performed by a trained medical professional and typically takes less than 30 minutes per session. Patients may require multiple sessions depending on the severity of their condition.

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What conditions can Shockwave Therapy treat?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of chronic pain conditions, including:

Is Shockwave Therapy safe?

Because the device only creates sound waves, shockwave therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment that has been used for over 30 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. 

Originally designed to disperse kidney stones, this modality is now used in soft tissue treatment.

Compressed air fires into a cylinder in the machine, moving a projectile, or “bullet” back and forth between the transmission head and handle of the machine. This action transmits high-energy bursts, or shockwaves in a focused area to break up tissue adhesions.

The treatment has minimal side effects, and most patients experience only mild discomfort during the procedure.

Your clinician will modify the intensity to a medically appropriate level for you, during your sessions and we have ear protection available, as it is loud!

Patients with certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders or pregnancy, may not be suitable candidates for shockwave therapy. It’s important to discuss any concerns with us before undergoing the treatment.

The benefits of shockwave therapy include:


Unlike many other medical treatments, shockwave therapy does not involve surgery or injections, which can be painful and have a longer recovery time


Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of chronic pain conditions, often providing relief where other treatments have failed


Most conditions require 4-6 visits to acquire significant benefits and can show marked improvement after the first visit


Treatment sessions typically last less than 10 minutes, making it a convenient option to add to your existing appointment

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