Chiropractic Care in Palmdale, CA

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that can accelerate the healing process in the body. The therapy works by sending acoustic shock waves into bone or soft tissue, in effect reinjuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. This allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells, which leads to faster healing and often a return of full functionality. Initially introduced as a method to break down kidney stones, shockwave therapy’s application has since expanded to include treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

There are multiple benefits of shockwave therapy which make it an increasingly popular treatment option:

  1. It promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues.
  2. It provides immediate relief of pain and restores mobility.
  3. It doesn’t require the use of painkillers, making it an ideal non-surgical therapy.

Common Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is often used for conditions that are hard to treat. Some of these include:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shoulder pain, such as Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder
  • Chronic Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)

What to Expect in a Shockwave Therapy Session?

A shockwave therapy session at Dewald Chiropractic involves a few key steps:

The session begins with an examination to pinpoint the exact treatment area and discuss your symptoms and medical history.

A gel is applied to the treatment area to allow the shockwave applicator to glide smoothly and facilitate the transmission of shockwaves.

The shockwave applicator is moved in a circular motion over the treatment area. The procedure typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may require multiple sessions spread out over several weeks. Your practitioner will provide a personalized treatment plan for you.


Dr. Dewald and his team are always available to address any concerns, ensuring you feel comfortable throughout your treatment journey.

Experience the Healing Power of Shockwave Therapy with Dewald Chiropractic

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of shockwave therapy, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Dewald and his expert team at Dewald Chiropractic. They’re renowned for their patient-centric approach and their wealth of knowledge in the application of innovative treatments like shockwave therapy.

Why wait when you can begin your journey towards pain-free living today? Contact us now to book an appointment with Dr. Dewald and his team, and discover a whole new world of health and well-being possibilities.

A systematic review of shockwave therapies in soft tissue conditions: focusing on the evidence (Br J Sports Med. 2014;48(21):1538–42.)

Clinical application of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in orthopedics: focused versus unfocused shock waves (Ultrasound Med Biol. 2012;38(10):1673–80.)

The effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in common lower limb conditions. (Br J Sports Med. 2018;52(6):387–407.)

High-energy versus low-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy for calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder: which is superior? (Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014;472(9):2816–25.)

The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy on chronic achilles tendinopathy: a systematic review. (Foot Ankle Int. 2013;34(1):33–41.)

The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in lower limb tendinopathy: a systematic review. (Am J Sports Med. 2015;43(3):752–61)

Clinical efficacy of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review. (Clin Rehabil. 2019;33(9):1419–30.)

Effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy without local anesthesia in patients with recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. (Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017;96(8):529–34.)

The role of extracorporeal shockwave treatment in musculoskeletal disorders. (J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018;100(3):251–63.)

Shockwave therapy differentially stimulates endothelial cells: implications on the control of inflammation (Inflammation. 2014;37(1):65–70.)

Effectiveness of radial shock-wave therapy for calcific tendinitis of the shoulder: single-blind, randomized clinical study. (Phys Ther. 2006;86(5):672–82.)

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy in calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder (Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2011;19(12):2085–9.)

Effectiveness and Safety of Shockwave Therapy in Tendinopathies (Mater Sociomed . 2018 Jun;30(2):131-146. doi: 10.5455/msm.2018.30.141-146.)

Comparison of Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy versus Ultrasound Therapy in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy (Folia Med (Plovdiv) . 2019 Dec 31;61(4):612-619.)