Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, and sports medicine that provides fast pain relief and restores mobility. It is an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain. Contact Sunup Physiotherapy in Edmonton, AB today to find out more about our shockwave therapy and how we can aid you in your recovery process.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.

New Blood Vessel Formation

Nutrient blood flow is necessary to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary micro ruptures in tendon and bone.

Reversal of Chronic Inflammation

Mast cells are one of the key components of the inflammatory process. Their activity may be increased by using pervasive acoustic waves.

Stimulation of Collagen Production 

The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary precondition for the repair processes of the damaged myoskeletal and ligamentous structures. Shockwave therapy accelerates procollagen synthesis.

Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts

Calcium build-up is most often the result of micro-tears or other trauma to a tendon. Acoustic waves break up the existing calcifications.

Dispersion of Pain Mediator “Substance P”

Substance P is a neurotransmitter that mediates pain information through the C-fibers. This neuropeptide is generally associated with intense, persistent and chronic pain.

Release of Trigger Points

Trigger points are the principal cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulder and limbs. Delivered acoustic energy unblocks the calcium pump and thus reverses the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments and releases the trigger points.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone. Common conditions that can be successfully treated are:

Calcific Tendinitis of Shoulder 

Shoulder Impingement

Frozen Shoulder

Rotator Cuff Injury

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Trigger Finger

Neck Pain

Upper Back Pain

Myofascial Trigger Points

Lower Back Pain


SIJ Dysfunction

Greater trochanteric Pain

Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy

IT Band Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain

Jumper’s Knee

Osgood-Schlatter Disease 

Hamstring Strain

Shin Splints

Achilles Tendinopathy 

Plantar Fasciitis

Heel Spur


Hallux Valgus

What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy has been known to:

  • Quickly reduces pain
  • No medication is needed
  • Avoids surgery and anaesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No risk of allergies
  • Accelerates healing
  • Effective for chronic conditions

What to expect for a shockwave therapy treatment

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment.

The application is simple and easy.

Initiate therapy in 3 steps:

  • The area to be treated is located using palpation in order to deliver the therapy precisely.
  • Sufficient amount of gel is applied to the area located to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly.
  • The Shockwave applicator is slightly pushed against the area to be treated and the start button is pressed.
If you are in Edmonton, suffering from pain from an injury, and would like to see if you are a candidate for shockwave therapy, contact us today to schedule an appointment and find relief today.

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