Questions About Shockwave Therapy Answered

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that can help restore mobility, function, and quality of life in patients who have suffered an injury or are dealing with chronic pain. This therapy uses acoustic wave technology to stimulate healing in the body, and it has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions.

Shockwave therapy can be particularly helpful for athletes whose injuries are not responding to “first line” treatments (rest, ice, therapeutic exercise, bracing, orthotics, etc.) but who are not yet ready to consider surgical or invasive options.

As a non-surgical and non-invasive therapy, shockwave therapy is ideal, expediting recovery and curing various ailments that cause acute or chronic pain. The treatment sessions themselves are short. Additionally, there is little to no recovery time required for many patients. Athletes may take the next day or two off to rest after a treatment, but most people can return to their normal daily activities right away with no downtime.

If you are struggling with an injury that is impacting your ability to train or compete at your highest level, shockwave therapy may be the answer you have been looking for.

Q: Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

A: No, shockwave therapy is not painful. You may feel a brief sensation of pressure or tapping when the shockwaves are applied to the skin, but this is not painful. Some people describe the sensation as similar in intensity to electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). In any case, the treatments are not painful, and many people feel relaxed after a Shockwave Therapy session.

Q: How Many Shockwave Therapy Sessions Will I Need?

A: The number of sessions you will need will depend on the condition being treated, as well as your response to treatment.


Q: What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

A: Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Chronic back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain

Q: How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The acoustic waves that are used in this therapy help to break down scar tissue and promote the growth of new blood vessels. This increased blood flow helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and it also speeds up the healing process.

During a shockwave therapy session, the practitioner will apply the acoustic waves to the skin using a handheld device. The intensity of the waves can be adjusted to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Q: What Are Some of the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

There are many benefits of shockwave therapy, including:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Improved mobility
  • Faster healing
  • Drastically-improved quality of life
  • Non-invasive and safe
  • Little to no downtime required


Q: Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?

If you are dealing with pain or limited mobility due to an injury or chronic condition, shockwave therapy may be right for you. This therapy is safe and effective, and it can help you to get back to your regular activities.

To learn more about shockwave therapy and how it can help you, contact Continuum Health Centre in Victoria, BC today to schedule a consultation.