Shockwave Therapy | Hitchon's Physiotherapy, Belleville, Ontario


Shockwave Therapy 

We are very fortunate to have one of the few shockwave machines between Oshawa and Kingston.

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY—is also known as a Tissue Regenerator.

What is Shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy works by providing a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from: rotator cuff tendonpathy, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, scar tissue, non-union of bone fractures, stress fractures, patella tendonpathy and trigger points.
In many cases, patients feel "no pain” after a single treatment, and are able to resume normal physical activities quickly. In most cases, people only need 3-4 treatments. Most private insurance companies cover full or partial payment.

Conditions That Can Be Treated:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Chronic Injuries
  • Post-op Surgeries eg. Patella
  • Tendon & Biceps Repairs
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hamstring and Quadriceps
  • Iliotibial band syndrome & Bursitis
  • Anterior Tibial Syndrome (shin splints)
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Bursitis & Pump Bumps
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Muscle Tears– Acute & Chronic
With our NEW SPINE-ACTORS for the Shockwave machine, we are now able to reach the vertebral joints of the entire spinal column in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar areas:
  • Treatment of the muscles paravertebrally
  • Dysfunctions in the entire spinal column
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Pain conditions
  • Trigger points
  • Degenerative Disc Disease


  1. Non-surgical treatment
  2. No side effects
  3. Accelerates healing

After only 2-3 sessions, over 80% of patients report "no pain” or significant pain reduction

Success Rates

  1. 91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis (Journal of American Medical Assoc. 2003)
  2. 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow (The Journal of Orthopedics’ 2005)
  3. 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedics Research 2005)

Shockwave therapy is particularly good at pain management or elimination. The therapy’s effective in reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain for at least 3 main reasons:

  1. The shockwaves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibers to develop and/or change their permeability. (Breakdown scar tissue)
  2. They generate cavitation bubbles that break down calcific deposits.
  3. They induce a "pain-killing” effect by stimulating the brain’s gate-control mechanism, which blocks pain messages.