What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment method that uses energy from the acoustic wave to treat various diseases. It has an analgesic effect, accelerates healing and stimulates collagen production. The treatments use low-frequency waves from 16 to 20 Hz.

Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment method

During therapy, a particular device emitting waves is used. Parameters are set considering the patient's health condition and current test results. A special gel is applied to the head, emitting the shock wave, and then it is used to select areas on the body. The pressure within the treated tissue may increase to 100 MPa, then drop rapidly and become harmful. Thanks to this, the wave penetrates the skin and hits a specific place.

The shock wave propagates radially in the tissues, enabling the treatment of surface diseases and pathological processes in deeper tissues. For example, using an adequately selected wave transmitter, a physiotherapist can perform therapy of trigger points and larger joints, stimulate muscles or perform treatments to reduce cellulite.

Benefits of using a shock wave

Shockwave therapy treats chronic pain associated with degeneration and inflammation of tendons, muscles, bones, joint capsules and ligaments. By hyperstimulating nerve endings and cell membranes, it blocks pain signals, which allows you to eliminate pain and return to normal functioning and complete fitness. In addition, the positive effects of therapy will enable you to stop taking painkillers and often avoid the need for surgery.
Treatments using a shock wave bring the following benefits:
  • increase microcirculation and metabolism of tissues, improving their blood supply,
  • reduce muscle tension,
  • anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects,
  • accelerate tissue regeneration,
  • increase the production of collagen,
  • reduce the visibility of scars.
To achieve the best possible treatment results with a shock wave, it is necessary to repeat the procedure several times. The physiotherapist informs during the visit about how many treatments need to be performed and at what intervals to repeat them. The therapeutic results are long-lasting, and the procedure itself does not require the use of anaesthesia.

Shockwave therapy


  • plantar fasciitis,
  • patellar tendon pain – jumper’s knee,
  • inflammation and pain of the Achilles tendon,
  • tibialis anterior muscle syndrome,
  • hip bursitis (trochanteric),
  • tendinopathies and rotator cuff damage – tendon lesions,
  • increased muscle tension,
  • trigger points,
  • overload changes and chronic inflammation,
  • enthesopathy (overload changes of muscle attachments),
  • calcifications within the acromioclavicular joint,
  • shoulder calcifications,
  • Dupuytren’s contracture,
  • piriformis muscle syndrome,
  • intramuscular hematomas,
  • iliotibial band syndrome,
  • runner’s knee,
  • compartment syndrome,
  • calcaneal spur.
  • cellulite,
  • local obesity,
  • flabby firming zones,
  • skin relaxation,
  • lifting,
  • liposuction,
  • lymphatic drainage.


  • pregnancy or suspected pregnancy,
  • coagulation disorders,
  • cancers,
  • growth plate in children,
  • demyelinating polyneuropathy,
  • infectious inflammation of the tendon sheath,
  • proximity to the lung parenchyma in the area of application,
  • acute soft tissue/bone infection,
  • acute inflammation with swelling of the painful area,
  • local epiphysiodesis (desquamation and separation of the epiphyseal cartilage),
  • patients with implanted electronic devices (e.g. pacemakers),
  • advanced osteoporosis,
  • advanced diabetes.

Possible side effects

  • hematomas and petechiae, especially with high-energy impulses,
  • swelling and worsening of symptoms 2-3 days after shockwave treatment with or without cryotherapy and painkillers,
  • feeling of unwanted pain during and after the procedure,
  • redness,
  • mild numbness,
  • tingling.


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