What Is Physiotherapy Shockwave?

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Physiotherapy Shockwave Therapy uses high-speed pulsations applied to a localized site to break down scar tissue or fibrous tissue, increase blood flow and change the metabolic activity of an injured or inflamed site.

Physiotherapy shockwave induces micro-trauma to restart the tissue repair process. It also accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.

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Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions you may experience.  When shockwave therapy is combined with your physiotherapy visits, it can help reduce your pain and speed healing by reducing of scar tissue, increasing blood flow to the area, promoting tissue regeneration, and healing acceleration.

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During your shockwave session at WIN Health Performance Centre, your WIN Health Physiotherapist, will select the intensity, depth and duration of your physiotherapeutic shockwave treatment. Your WIN Health Physiotherapist will decide on either a radial or focused device for your treatment based on your needs.

Depending on the type of shockwave applicator being used, you may hear a “clicking” sound during your treatment; this is the projectile being pushed vigorously against the head of applicator and emitting a series of “shockwaves” through your injured tissue. Some patients may experience slight discomfort during their treatment, depending on the area(s) treated.  This discomfort is likened to a mild aching or pulsating sensation.  Your physiotherapist will communicate with you to ensure you are tolerating your treatment well.


When included in your treatment plan, shockwave therapy will be used in combination with manual therapy, education and proper load progression exercises (depending on your individual diagnosis and goals).

This can help to accelerate recovery progression, decrease pain, and aide in healing injured/affected areas.  It promotes protein and growth factor synthesis which aids in collagen and tissue repair.

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Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, but the research shows the highest efficacy in treating calcifications and tendinopathies.  These include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinopathies: Achilles tendinopathy, Patellar tendinopathy, Tennis elbow, Golfers elbow, etc.
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Back Spasm and Trigger Points
  • Calcific tendinopathy
  • Bursitis
  • Shin Splints (Medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Scar tissue


When shockwave therapy is offered by a professionally trained health care provider it is safe.

Your WIN Health Physiotherapist will take a complete history and assess any reasons why physiotherapeutic shockwave may or may not be right for you.

They will discuss what to expect and any risks you need to know about.  They will only offer physiotherapy shockwave if they think it’s the best fit for you.

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The frequency of your visits and how often you need shockwave therapy really does come down to your injury specifics.   Most people are treated with successive weekly visits for 3-4 weeks. Your WIN Health Physiotherapist will always assess your needs and progress with each visit and will share with you the treatment plan so you understand what to expect in the short term and long term.

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Shockwave therapy uses high-speed pulsations applied to a localized site to break down scar tissue, increase blood flow and change the biochemistry of an injured or chronically inflamed site.

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Our physiotherapy clinic can help you overcome pain, move better and recover from injury.  Our physiotherapists at WIN Health Performance Centre in Niagara Falls, start this process by taking an extensive history and asking questions about your health concern.


An assessment through testing position and movement will allow them to understand the specifics of your injury and how it relates to the joints, muscles and nerves involved in your body’s movement.

We will present a treatment plan and discuss the many options we have at our facility.  It will be an individualized plan of core with clear expected outcomes.


Through this concise information-gathering process, a specific treatment plan and exercise program is recommended for you that is tailored to your specific needs. This treatment will progress, and objective goals will be met, throughout the subsequent visits of the treatment plan.

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Life is about thriving, enjoying each day, doing what you love and living life to the fullest. We strive to have you function fully and perform to your highest level.

This is how WIN Health Performance Centre – one of Niagara Falls largest multidisciplinary health clinics – can help you.

At WIN Health Performance Centre, you will find a number of health professionals – Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Naturopathic Doctors and Registered Massage Therapists – to guide you in your health journey.

With 20 years of service to the Niagara Region, we know how important it is for you to stay healthy to feel great in your life and contribute to a healthier community!

Why WIN Health Performance Centre?

At WIN Health Performance Centre, in Niagara Falls, we believe in helping you discover how you can keep your body moving well and feeling great.  The WIN Health Performance Centre providers will take the time to talk with you, assess your specific concern and explain the injury and details of your body.  You will receive a treatment plan that is individualized and comprehensive.

Through innovative treatments you will receive the professional care you need to address an ongoing health concern or prevent one from happening.

If you are struggling with a health concern, or want to be proactive in your health, we will guide you and help improve upon your health concerns.

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