Shockwave Therapy in Calgary

Shockwave therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for those suffering from many chronic tendon and joint disorders. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists are fully trained to offer the best Shockwave Therapy in Calgary.

Effectively Manage and Eliminate Pain with Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy works by sending acoustic energy waves into the soft tissues or bones, which causes a controlled micro-trauma in the affected tissue. This micro-trauma essentially re-injures tissue on a cellular level and results in the breakdown of scar tissue that has built up in the area. The controlled re-injury of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels, muscle fibers, and bone cells, which leads to faster healing and less pain.

Shockwave therapy is an effective modality in the management and elimination of pain. Shockwave is effective because the acoustic energy waves applied during treatment stimulate an increase in metabolic activity in the affected tissue. The Shockwave can break down calcific deposits through the production of cavitation bubbles, and its analgesic reaction mechanism helps reduce pain signals.

Relative and absolute contraindications for the use of shockwave therapy include:

1) Blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin

2) Heart or circulatory problems

3) Cancer in or around the treatment area

4) Pregnancy

5) Diabetes

6) Nerve or blood supply being too close to the site of treatment

7) Cortisone injection in the area to be treated less than one month prior to shockwave therapy

Anyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy, especially athletes. Shockwave therapy provides a safe and non-surgical alternative for those suffering from chronic injuries.

Learn more about our shockwave therapy services in Calgary by contacting us today.

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Conditions Treated with
Shockwave Therapy

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

GTPS is a common hip condition that causes pain around the lateral hip. It is caused by inflammation in the soft tissues that attach to the outside of the hip, and tends to hurt at night. Shockwave helps restore bloodflow deep in the hip, and allows the body to use the acute healing cascade to eliminate the inflammation that is causing pain.

Chronic Tendinopathies

Tendinopathy is a type of chronic overuse injury, where the tendon is repeatedly strained until small tears form in the tendons. Some of the more common tendinopathies which respond well with shockwave treatment are gluteal tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, and rotator cuff tendinopathy. These can usually be resolved in 3-6 treatments using shockwave therapy.

Elbow Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon where it attaches to the bone. Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow are the most common types of tendinitis in the elbow. Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis is the inflammation and pain of the tendon felt on the outside of the elbow and forearm whereas Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is the inflammation and pain of the tendon felt on the inside of the elbow and forearm. Shockwave restores vascularization to these areas, promotes healing, and reduces pain.

Heel Spur

A heel spur is a small bony growth because of a calcium deposit that occurs on the heel of the foot which causes pain and inflammation around the heel. Shockwave is one of the few interventions that can successfully relieve the pain associated with this bony change.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the condition where the fascial connective tissue band under the sole of the foot gets inflamed or irritated. It most commonly presents as pain with the first few steps in the morning, and is relieved by stretching and wearing shoes. Shockwave therapy has been shown to resolve plantar fasciitis in 3-5 treatments in 91% of cases.

Trigger Points

Muscular trigger points or ‘knots’ are tight and painful spots in muscles. They cause deep aching when the muscle gets tight and are generally caused by overuse. Shockwave gets the muscles to release, and restores bloodflow to the muscle.

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One on One Appointments

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All in One Pricing

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evening and weekend appointments

Evening & Weekend

2 locations in Calgary - SE and SW

2 Convenient

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Class 4 Laser + Shockwave

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Evidence Informed Therapies

Our Shockwave Therapy Experts


"I came to the office looking for treatment for my foot pain that has been bothering me for years. Dr. Mike was able to diagnose be with plantar fasciitis and recommend that I receive shock-wave treatment, I cannot believe how much better I feel now. I can finally walk without pain!"
Mark Nikkel
"I have had 2 sessions of shockwave therapy with Gaurangi so far. She is excellent!, very thorough, knowledgeable, and personable. She also gave me some foot exercises to do daily which I really like. She can answer any question I throw at her. I am feeling progress on my fascia injury."
Nikki Veness
"I have lived with foot pain and plantar fasciitis for almost 10 years on and off. I have been to many podiatrists and had different opinions and treatments. Kristy Wu at Encompass has been phenomenal in helping me finally get the relief that I have been lookin for. Between getting me set up with new orthotics and treating me with shockwave therapy, my feet feel good for the first time in a very long time. Kristy is so kind and patient and understanding. I would highly recommend her to anyone in pain. She is a lifesaver. When your feet hurt it is debilitating and stops you from being active, she has given that back to me. The front end staff are super friendly and inviting and the clinic is very clean and very Covid aware, I always felt safe and welcome."
Terri Hill

FAQs on Shockwave Therapy

The sensation of shockwave therapy is usually described as similar to a quick sting. Many patients feel very mild discomfort and some describe the sensation as pulsing or tapping, depending on the treatment area. Generally, the treatment should feel slightly uncomfortable according to the patient’s tolerance level but should not be painful and unbearable.

Few sessions usually provide pain relief for most patients. You should feel better after the first or second treatment. Some patients see immediate improvement. Generally, Shockwave treatments are usually performed once/a week for 3-to 5 treatments. Sometimes 1-to 2 additional treatments may be needed depending on the condition.

Shockwave therapy is incorporated into Chiropractic and Physiotherapy treatments along with the other treatment methods to help accelerate healing and decrease pain for various musculoskeletal conditions. There is no extra charge for Shockwave treatment. Encompass Sports Therapy employs all-in-one pricing, meaning that if our therapist uses the Shockwave, Deep Tissue LaserTherapy, Active Release, Taping, and Needling, the patient still pays the same price.

Shockwave Therapy treats a wide range of conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel spurs, IT Band Syndrome, Hamstring Injuries, Jumper’s knee, Achilles Tendinopathy, and Calcific Tendinopathy of Rotator Cuff, Tennis Elbow, and Golfer’s Elbow to name a few. 

No, Shockwave Therapy treatment does not require a referral from your primary care physician. Any licensed practitioner such as a Chiropractor and Physiotherapist can administer treatment.

Licensed health practitioners who perform Shockwave Therapy in our clinics are Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.

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