Shockwave Therapy in Calgary


Tower Physiotherapy is thrilled to offer shockwave therapy in Calgary. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that promotes accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, primarily damaged or injured tendons. Frequently, physiotherapists and sports medicine doctors will recommend it when they deem it necessary or when a patient hasn’t responded to other treatment.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. The basic technology involved with extracorporeal shockwave technology has been used for decades on millions of people.

How Does Shockwave Work?

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area. These pulses occur for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation, essentially bubbles that expand and burst.

The force created by these bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for connective tissue healing.

Shockwave Calgary: Your Path to Accelerated Healing

This non-surgical treatment has no side effects. It also has a 75-95% success rate in some conditions. When compared to other treatment methods, this technology is fairly new. In fact, the impact of shockwaves on tissues was only first observed in the Second World War via water bombs. In the 1960s-70s, German researchers studied the interaction of shockwaves and tissues. And in 1971, the first reported use of shockwave therapy disintegrating a kidney stone was reported. This therapy gained throughout the 80s. Eventually, in the 1990s, medical practitioners began to use shockwave therapy. From there, this therapy has evolved into what it is today.

Treatable Conditions

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (oftentimes just referred to as "shockwave") has been validated within scientific literature as being an effective adjunct for a variety of common conditions that can cause pain within the body. Shockwave has shown to be an effective intervention for the management and treatment of the following conditions:

Plantar Fasciitis

A painful condition involving inflamed tissue on the bottom of the foot -- near the heel.

Achilles Tendinopathy

A common, painful condition involving tendon breakdown of the heel cord, also known as the Achilles tendon.

Scar Tissue Management

A treatment technique for mobilizing tissue within the body after injury.

Tennis Elbow

Pain resulting from irritated tendons on the outside of the elbow. Also called lateral epicondylitis.

Jumper's Knee

Pain and soreness of the knee tendon, often due to overuse. Also known as patellar tendonitis.

Tower Physiotherapy: Your Shockwave Therapy Experts in Calgary

At Tower Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are trained and experienced in the use of shockwave therapy. They will often recommend it if they think it will help your specific situation or in cases where other methods have failed to work. The most common condition it’s used for is chronic tendon pain, as well as the specific conditions listed above.

At your shockwave therapy appointment, your physiotherapist explains the procedure of use and informs you as to what you should expect. These appointments frequently take place on the same date as your exercise or physiotherapy session. You can expect to be at the clinic for about 30-45 minutes.

Contact Us: 403-262-2620

For more information, contact Tower Physiotherapy. Our front desk staff are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. And if you’re ready to start feeling better and living a life without pain, call us and schedule your appointment today. Find out how our experienced and trained team can help you live the life you want.