What is ESWT?

Shockwaves are essentially sound waves with a very specific wave form. Unlike radial pressure wave therapy, softwave™ therapy penetrates deep into the tissue and thus to the site of injury.

The biologic signaling effect of shockwave is much higher than both radial pressure waves and ultrasound and is therefore clinically much more effective.

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Mechanism of Action

Shockwave elicit a strong cellular response. The sudden change in pressure caused by the shockwaves triggers the cell to respond as it would to trauma. In other words: shockwaves initiate a biologic healing response. Numerous studies show the release of growth factors, anti-inflammatory agents and an improved blood supply in response to ESWT.


  • Chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Muscle Pain
  • Stiff toe joint


The procedure takes only 5 - 10 minutes. Much like an ultra-sound procedure, the treatment area will be covered with gel to ensure good shock-wave transmission. After coupling the therapy head to your body your therapist will deliver a diagnosis-specific number of pulses. The energy can be applied at your personal comfort level.

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