Shockwave Therapy in Brampton

Activa Clinics combines the latest shockwave therapy technology with expertise and experience to achieve speedy results.

Shockwave treatment, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a physiotherapy method that is becoming more popular. It uses considerably lower energy than medical applications and treats numerous musculoskeletal problems involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive treatment to apply a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations to an injury directly through the skin using a gel medium.

The idea and technology of shockwave therapy were developed from the finding that sound waves can break down kidney stones and gallstones. 

In several scientific investigations, it was revealed that shockwaves are effective in treating chronic illnesses. Shockwave therapy is a stand-alone treatment for chronic injuries or illness-related discomfort. It doesn’t require painkillers because the goal of the therapy is to activate the body’s natural healing reaction. After the initial treatment, many patients report that their pain has subsided and their mobility has improved.

Shockwave therapy gives physiotherapists another tool to treat stubborn, chronic tendinopathy. Some tendon issues don’t appear to react to typical treatments, and having shockwave therapy as a therapeutic option gives physiotherapists another tool in their toolbox.

Conditions Treated With Shockwave Therapy

The following are some of the conditions that are treated using SWT. However, at Activa Clinics, an expert physiotherapist will analyze your condition to see if SWT would help you heal:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Heel spurs/Heel pain
  • Heterotopic Ossification (Myositis Ossificans)
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome)
  • Myofascial Trigger Points in muscle
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

Cost and Coverage

Just like many of our services, our shockwave therapy treatments are often covered through insurance. So whether you’re covered through work or auto insurance, you may be able to get the benefits of shockwave therapy at little to no cost to you. But even if you don’t have any coverage, don’t worry. We can offer our treatments at competitive rates. Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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Shockwave therapy is best for patients with chronic tendinopathies (also known as tendinitis) that haven’t responded to conventional treatments. Examples are tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, and calcific tendinitis of the shoulder.

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There’s no need to live in pain any longer. Shockwave therapy is a safe solution that can provide relief and improve your health. In Southern Ontario, Activa offers SWT at the Brampton location.


The target tissue undergoes many alterations due to the radial pressure waves.

  • Cellular level changes

Increased free radicals stimulate the production of natural metabolites that help prevent pain and cure inflammation in the cells.

  • Vascular changes

Tissue healing needs enough blood flow. Therefore, angiogenesis (the formation of new capillaries) is stimulated by shockwave therapy in the target tissue. This improves tissue health and repair by redirecting local blood flow to the region.

  • Reduction in muscle spasticity

Shockwave therapy has been shown to lower the contractile activity of muscle and disrupt neuro-cognitive pain patterns, resulting in reduced muscle spasms and the removal of myofascial trigger points.

  • Reduces pain

Shockwaves block the pain from reaching our brain by activating interneurons in our A-β nerve fibres. This is called The Gate Control Mechanism and has proved to successfully lower pain levels. Shockwave treatment, in other words, allows us to leverage the body’s natural reaction to acute damage to trigger a healing response in tissues that are either slow or have stalled recovering.

At your initial appointment, the physiotherapist will analyze you to see if you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy. The physio will make sure you understand your problem and what you can do to help it – activity adjustment, particular exercises, and examining any other contributing concerns like posture, tightness/weakness in other muscle groups, etc. Treatment with shockwaves is typically done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on the outcomes.

The therapy can be uncomfortable to some, but it only lasts 4-5 minutes, and the physio can modify it to maintain it pleasant.

Because the shockwaves trigger an inflammatory reaction, you may suffer transient discomfort, stiffness, or swelling for a few days after the therapy. However, this is the body’s normal healing process. So, it’s critical not to take any anti-inflammatory medications following treatment, as this might slow down the healing process.

Almost immediately after the treatment, you can resume most of your normal activities.

If you have a circulation or nerve problem, an infection, a bone tumour, or a metabolic bone issue, shockwave therapy isn’t for you. Shockwave therapy should also be avoided if you have open wounds, tumours, or during pregnancy. People who use blood thinners or have severe circulatory disorders may also be ineligible for therapy.