Love 4 Paws

Certified Canine Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy


Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?


Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive solution for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders as well as soft tissue and bone injuries in small animals. The process applies sound waves to stimulate a natural self-healing response. 


It has been used in Human Medicine since the 1980's, for the treatment of Kidney stones. Shockwave therapy has become widely used in Equine medicine, and in human medicine in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. It is commonly used to treat heel and elbow pain, trigger points, and tissue regeneration. It is most recently used by Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, and in the Small Animal Veterinary field for Rehabilitation. 


How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?


During treatment, a series of low level energy waves are directed into the soft tissue of the injured area. These waves are released into the tissue, stimulating blood circulation, bone growth, metabolism and several other biological effects like increasing certain growth factors, critical to tissue regeneration.  As a result, this may promote a biological response to significantly relieve pain, restore mobility, and reduce the risk of re-injury.  


The Treatment


Following an assessment, the treatment is performed on the area where Shockwave is indicated. The treatment takes 2-5 minutes on each area being treated. A treatment session is usually repeated every 5-10 days, but will depend on your animal's specific condition. Most commonly, a total of 3-6 sessions are completed. Improvements can be seen within 2 weeks and up to 3 months after the treatment period is complete.  A boost treatment may be needed after several months for some conditions. 


What Conditions Would Benefit From Shockwave Therapy?


  • Tendon and Ligament Conditions and Injuries
  • Osteoarthrits
  • Myopathies
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle Pain and Soreness 
  • Acupressure
  • Trigger Points
  • Myofascial pain
  • Scar Tissue
  • Non-Healing Wounds
  • Stress, Non-Union or Delayed Healing Fractures