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What Shockwave Therapy Does to Soft Tissue Explained


Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that uses shock waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. Also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), it can promote the healing process for injured tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues, resulting in proven and effective treatment of pain. 

But how exactly do shock waves work on the body? Here’s everything you need to know about what shockwave therapy does and its benefits for you.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

During a shockwave therapy treatment session, the clinician will hold a handheld device against the skin that sends targeted shockwaves to the area. Shockwaves help support the natural healing process by stimulating increased blood flow, oxygen, and other hormones. Shockwave therapy promotes new tissue growth through its all-natural treatment. With shockwave therapy, new blood vessels form and mast cell activity increases, both of which promote faster healing.


Medical Benefits of SoftWave

  • Increases blood supply
  • Reduces acute and chronic pain
  • Temporarily increases local blood circulation
  • Activates connective tissue
  • Promotes regeneration and healing
  • Modulate inflammation
  • Activates and recruits resident cells
  • Stimulates cytokines and growth factors
  • Promotes angiogenesis
  • Repairs and regenerates tissues
  • Improves mitochondrial function
  • Increase neo-vascularization
  • Improved left ventricle ejection fraction
  • Recruits innate immune receptor TLR3
  • Improves sexual health for men and women
  • Improves exosome circulation
  • Wound epithelialization

Benefits & Advantages of Shockwave Therapy Treatment

From reducing chronic pain to healing from tendonitis, shockwave therapy offers a wide range of benefits and advantages. Not every injury or health condition will need or benefit from more invasive treatment options. Instead, talk to your doctor about whether shockwave therapy is right for you. Here are some of the benefits you can expect with shockwave therapy treatment:

Deep Healing

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions and injuries. Damage to bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and more can benefit from this non-invasive treatment option. People of all ages can benefit from shockwave therapy treatment, including children and adults with sports injuries, health conditions, and chronic pain. Shockwave therapy gets to the source of your pain and other symptoms by promoting the healing of damaged tissues deep in the body so you can experience lasting relief.

Minimal Side Effects

Another great benefit of shockwave therapy is that it results in little to no side effects. In fact, many people who get SoftWave therapy, the only FDA-cleared and patented shockwave therapy treatment, report no pain or discomfort afterward. Some people may experience slight soreness or discomfort shortly after treatment, but these side effects go away quickly and do not require any further medical attention. The amount of soreness or discomfort you may experience after a shockwave therapy treatment may also depend on the type, severity, and location of the damaged tissue.

Quick and Painless Treatments

Nobody wants to worry about long doctor’s appointments or uncomfortable treatment sessions. With shockwave therapy at a SoftWave clinic near you, you can experience shockwave therapy treatments that last as little as 15-30 minutes. The short treatment time of this non-invasive procedure makes shockwave therapy a popular option for people who want fast healing response and resolution of symptoms.

Short Recovery Period

Shockwave therapy also has a significantly shorter recovery period than many other types of more invasive treatments like surgery. Shockwave therapy offers a short treatment time and a quick recovery because of how the shockwaves prompt your body to start the healing process naturally. Shockwave therapy can also produce results right away, which means you may not have to deal with a recovery period at all.

How Effective is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapies are used at leading national and international research and medical centers, including Cleveland Clinic, Shepherd’s Center, and professional sports organizations. Shock wave technology has been used in medical settings for decades, and SoftWave therapy is an innovative approach to advanced tissue healing and regeneration. SoftWave therapy is trusted by experts around the country for its ability to rejuvenate your body’s natural healing abilities to help free you from pain and other symptoms. Many people report feeling significant pain relief, reduced inflammation, and increased mobility after just one session of SoftWave shockwave therapy.

Injuries & Conditions that Shockwave Therapy Treats

Injuries & Conditions that Shockwave Therapy Treats


Shockwave therapy can be used to treat many musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, and chronic pain. Here are a few examples of what shockwave therapy can treat and how it can alleviate your symptoms:

Neck Pain

Whether you’re dealing with chronic neck pain, poor posture, or a car accident injury like whiplash, shockwave therapy may be able to help. This non-invasive treatment option can penetrate the skin along your neck and upper back without the need for surgery. This targeted treatment will help decrease pain and improve the range of motion in your neck.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor each year. Shockwave therapy can target aggravated, damaged, or injured tissues that support your spine to help alleviate your pain. Chronic back pain and injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support your spine can all cause pain that shockwave therapy can help relieve.

Joint Pain

Many people try shockwave therapy to reduce joint pain caused by arthritis, overuse, or recent injuries. Joint pain can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or participate in activities you enjoy. Shockwave therapy offers a non-invasive treatment option to relieve your pain and improve your mobility with little to no side effects and a quick recovery time.


Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve pain, which can cause shooting, stabbing, or burning sensations of pain. Neuropathy commonly affects the extremities, like your hands and feet, arms, and legs. If you struggle with neuropathy, shockwave therapy offers a safe and effective treatment option to reduce your symptoms and improve nerve function.

The Best Shockwave Therapy for Pain

Are you looking for safe, reliable, and effective relief from pain caused by soft tissue injuries and conditions? 

SoftWave therapy is FDA-cleared, patented, and nationally recognized for its leading tissue regeneration technology. Unlike other types of high-energy shockwave treatments, SoftWave is the only shockwave therapy on the market that uses true unfocused shock waves that treat larger and deeper areas of tissue. 

Thousands of patient’s have experienced the benefits of SoftWave, including:

  • Little to no side effects
  • Short treatment time
  • Quick recovery
  • Long-lasting results

Find a provider at a SoftWave clinic near you or learn more about SoftWave and whether or not you’re eligible for full treatment today!

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