Ally Senuik, September 15 2019

The Success With Shockwave Therapy


Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses created by compressed air are applied to the affected area. These pulses occur for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The force created by these bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing. In many instances, shockwave therapy is most effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own, working similarly to low-intensity laser therapy. Before providing any treatment, your chiropractor or physiotherapist will integrate their clinical expertise, your personal preferences and values, with the best scientific evidence available.


There are numerous benefits from shockwave therapy.

The beneficial effects of shockwave therapy are often experienced after only 1 or 2 treatments. The therapy eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life.

Therapy Sequence

1. The area to be treated is located using palpation in order to deliver the therapy precisely.

2. Sufficient amount of gel is applied to the area located in step 1. Use of gel is necessary to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. 

3. The Shockwave applicator is slightly pushed against the area to be treated and the start button is pressed. 

Combination Therapy

Research for a combination therapy of Shockwave plus low-intensity laser therapy (cold laser therapy) shows excellent results for a range a conditions, and initiates faster healing time for patients treated.

"The combination of RSWT and LLLT is effective in the treatment of supraspinatus tendinopathies from a clinical point of view, from a functional point of view and from the point of view of quality of life perceived by the patient. By comparing the results with those in literature for each individual method it is possible to evaluate that the combination improves the results and reduces treatment time considerably. The therapy is well accepted by patients and free of side effects."  Source


Will Shockwave help me?

Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.

Does the treatment hurt?

There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one (3–5) treatment. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment.

How often will I need the treatments?

Most indications require 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on the patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.

Will I feel pain after the treatment?

Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting, and can be treated with a cold pack.

Are there any restrictions after the treatment?

It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.

For more information, talk to your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist today, or schedule a new patient consult to see how Shockwave (or shockwave plus laser therapy) may be an option for you.

To contact the clinic, call 613-732-3333.

Information granted by:

The International Society for Medical shockwave Treatment

BTL Shockwave

Written by

Ally Senuik

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