How does Shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate the damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area. These pulses occur for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing. In many instances, shockwave therapy is more effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.

Treatable Conditions

This treatment offers relief from chronic pain. Below are conditions that can be treated by Shockwave therapy.


  • Neck pain - Facet joint pain, myofascial pain syndromes

  • Shoulder pain - Calcific tendinopathy, impingement syndromes, frozen shoulder

  • Lumbar Spine Pain - Idiopathic pain syndrome

  • Tennis/ Golfers Elbow - Epicondylitis (medial and lateral)

  • Knee Pain - Osgood Schlatter's Disease, early osteoarthritis

  • Hamstring Pain - Chronic proximal attachment tendinopathies

  • Hip Pain - Calcific tendinopathy, chronic greater trochanteric bursitis

  • Ankle Pain - Chronic Achilles tendinopathy

  • Heel Pain - Plantar fasciitis

Pre and post-calcific tendonitis treatment

What is the success rate?


After only 2-3 sessions over 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain.

91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis – Journal of American Medical Association, 2003

90% success rate for Plantar Fasciitis – Foot & Ankle International, 2012

77% improvement for Tennis Elbow – The Journal of Orthopaedics, 2005

76% success rate for Achilles Tendinopathy – The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007

At Parksville Physiotherapy Clinic we are using the latest in shockwave technologies with the most advanced radial devise the STORZ MEDICAL MASTERPULS®.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a modern and highly effective treatment method: high-energy sound waves are introduced into the body. With this innovative therapy approach, pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be healed systematically.

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