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Shockwave Therapy


An effective treatment for recurrent, unresolved, subacute, sub-chronic, and chronic conditions.

About Shockwave Therapy


Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive procedure administered by our Physiotherapists, where a series of pressurized air wave pulsations are applied to the skin in the area where the injury is located.

Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and connective tissue) natural self-healing process and can be very effective in treating subacute, sub chronic, chronic conditions as well as recurrent or unresolved conditions.

As a medical treatment, shockwave was first used in the late 1990’s to treat kidney stones by using acoustic energy. One of the effects of shockwave discovered was that it accelerated the healing of tissue.

Shockwave Therapy works by:

  • creating pressure waves of energy reduce pain in the tissue through inhibiting the pain-signals
  • increasing the metabolism of the tissue cells which release pain and inflammatory substances
  • providing a non-invasive method to treat tendon, ligament, and scar tissue with little to no side-effects.

Is Shockwave Therapy recommended for me?

Your Physiotherapist will assess if Shockwave Therapy is ideal for you and your condition. This therapy is often utilized the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (involving connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments). A few conditions that benefit from this therapy are listed below:

Plantar Fasciitis

Achilles Tendinopathy

Rotator cuff tendinopathy

Elbow Tendinopathy (tennis and golfer’s elbow)

Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)

Calcific Tendinopathy

Hip Bursitis

Trigger Points

Hallux Rigidus

Adductor Strain

Hamstring Strain

Muscle Tears and Scarring

Shockwave Therapy is not appropriate for the following health conditions: open wounds, cancer, pregnancy, infection, circulatory disorder, nerve disorder, and individuals taking blood-thinning medications.


Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

  • Non-invasive, an alternative to avoid surgery
  • Reduces pain
  • Promote function and increase mobility
  • Effective for chronic conditions that don’t seem to respond well to other therapies, enhancing quality of life for individuals with chronic pain
  • Has very limited or mild side effects

Why Choose Shockwave Therapy at Legacies Health Centre?

Our Team treats a wide range of injuries and conditions in our state-of-the-art health centres. Each clinic features private treatment rooms and the latest in therapy, exercise equipment and treatment techniques.

  • Experienced and knowledgeable team of clinicians
  • Wide range of treatment and services under the same roof 
  • Convenient locations across the Lower Mainland
  • Easy Online Booking
  • Free Parking
  • Direct Billing available to most services and providers (see list)

Shockwave Therapy is covered by most extended health insurers and MSP (under Physiotherapy); and it is also available for ICBC and WCB claims.


Before Your Appointment

If there are any specific preparations required for your appointment, you will be advised prior to your appointment day.

During Your Appointment

Your Physiotherapist will perform a comprehensive assessment to determine if Shockwave is appropriate for you condition and/or injury. You will also learn more about the treatment and what to expect from it. 

The treatment itself last a few minutes. You may feel a little pain or discomfort in the treatment area during the procedure.  Most clients refer as “small pulses against the skin”. If you find the discomfort to be too much at any point simply communicate that with your physiotherapist and the pressure can be easily adjusted. Although the majority of patients report that they felt pain relief after 1-2 sessions, typically it’s recommend 3-5 sessions separated by 5-7 days each visit.

At the end of the session, you will be reminded to book your follow-up appointments, when needed. You may do that with your clinician, call one of our locations, or book online.

After Your Appointment

After your session you will be able to move the body part normally, and you may notice a reduction of your pain right after the session. After a few hours of your session, you may experience mild soreness, tenderness, bruising, swelling, numbness or tingling in the treated area, due to the activation of the natural inflammatory response. Recovery is fast and it is minimal compared with that of surgical intervention. Refrain from taking any anti-inflammatory medications after your treatment, as this may slow-down the natural healing, and impact on results.

It is recommended that you refrain from any activity that creates stress in the treated area for 48 hours after each treatment. You will be able to drive immediately after your session.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a referral to book Shockwave Therapy appointment?

No, you do not need a referral for this appointment.

Does Shockwave Therapy have any side effects?
How can I book a Shockwave Therapy appointment?

At Legacies Health Centre, appointments may be booked by phone (604-591-5569), online or in-person. Please book an appointment with a Physiotherapist. Visit our contact page to call the most convenient location for you. You may also call our main number 604-591-5569 and choose the most convenient location from the directory.

I am not sure if Shockwave Therapy is right for me. How will I know?
Is Shockwave Therapy appointment covered by my extended health plan?
Is my Shockwave Therapy appointment directly billed to my Extended Health Plans?

If you have coverage, Legacies Health Centre directly bills most Extended Health Plans Take a look at our list of direct billing insurers to see if we direct bill to yours, or call us at 604-591-5569 to confirm.

If your plan is not in our list of direct billing providers, Legacies provides a medical receipt to be used on request for reimbursement.

Locations That Offer Shockwave Therapy


Burnaby Market Crossing

7324 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Phone: 604-591-5569 (press 3 for Market Crossing)
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North Vancouver

1394 Main Street, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-591-5569 (press 4 for North Vancouver)
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Surrey Nordel

143 – 12080 Nordel Way, Surrey
Phone: 604-591-5569 (press 1 for Nordel)
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Surrey Southpoint

310 – 3091 152 Street, Surrey
Phone: 604-591-5569 (press 2 for Southpoint)
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Insurance Claims & Information


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Our Satisfied Clients


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My physiotherapist has genuinely helped. Very thorough and careful, with many great exercises and advice.

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