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Shockwave Therapy

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a cutting-edge procedure used to treat localized musculoskeletal pain. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses shockwave energy to penetrate into your skin without damaging your tissue. These shockwaves enhance the body’s ability to heal through hyperstimulation.

This state of the art exerts a mechanical pressure and tension to the tissue. This allows for an increase in cell permeability, increasing cell membrane and tissue circulation. The acute healing process is activated. This process stimulates fibroblasts, responsible for healing connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments, and fascia. It also stimulates osteoblasts, bone cells that are responsible for new bone growth and healing.

What conditions does extracorporeal shockwave therapy treat?

We recommend extracorporeal shockwave therapy to treat a variety of conditions. Some of the most common include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Tendonitis of the knee
  • Hamstring tendonosis
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Tendonitis of the foot
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis

How does extracorporeal shockwave therapy work?

This equipment generates a shockwave in pulses or waves to your targeted treatment area.
This energy causes a hyperstimulation analgesia effect, allowing for minimal discomfort during the procedure. It also creates a therapeutic impact through increased:

  • Extracellular cavitations
  • Ionized molecules
  • Membrane permeability
  • Intracellular reactions
  • Diffusible radicals
  • Biomolecule interaction

You may need 3-5 weekly treatment sessions to maximize your benefit.

What are the benefits of extracorporeal shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy brings a wide range of benefits. We recommend it for reducing tendon pain, as well as to stimulate and improve healing.

This cutting-edge procedure leads to physical changes in nerve cells, which may inhibit pain sensation. It also reduces pain-causing stimuli and inhibits pain transmission.

The treatment can improve blood flow to targeted treatment areas, increasing circulation and healing ability.

Get Started Today

If you have soft tissue pain or seem to suffer from chronic tendonitis, contact Calhoun Chiropractic to see if extracorporeal shockwave therapy is right for you.


Shockwave Therapy North Andover, Andover MA | (978) 681-4500