Q & A: Shockwave Therapy

Treloar Physiotherapy is happy to offer Shockwave Therapy (SWT) at both of our locations!  At our Kerrisdale site, we’ve recently added the state-of-art EMS+ Swiss Dolorclast Smart 20.  More than 80% of the research that validates the effectiveness of SWT is based on studies published on this unit.


What exactly is Shockwave Therapy (SWT)?

Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment used to accelerate rehabilitation in tissues that are typically slow to heal or tend to heal incompletely.  It is one of the few ‘technology-based therapies’ that clinical studies have shown to be effective.  Essentially, it’s a treatment from a hand-held device that delivers a rapid, high-frequency mechanical vibration, which comes in the form of a Radial Pressure Wave (RPW)

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

These Radial Pressure Waves accelerate the body’s healing in the targeted area resulting in:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced muscle spasm

What are some of the ailments that may respond well to Shockwave Therapy?

  • Elbow pain (Tennis & Golfers elbow)
  • Heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Shoulder pain (Calcium Deposits, Tendonitis)
  • Knee pain (tendonitis)
  • Muscle knots & tightness (Trigger Points)

Why choose Shockwave Therapy?

  • Fast & effective
  • No medication, non-invasive
  • No side effects

What do you experience during the treatment?

  • You typically feel a localized deep ache as the machine treats the area.

How Long are Shock Waves applied to the body area?

  • SWT treatment duration can vary depending on the nature of the condition and response to the treatment but typically can last between 5-15 minutes
  • A full SWT session is booked for 30 minutes which allows time for a proper assessment, identifying the treatment area and post shockwave care & education

How many sessions do I need of Shockwave Therapy?

  • It is recommended that SWT be performed 1x/week for up to 3-5 sessions in total