Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge, non-invasive, and multi-disciplinary device used to treat localised musculoskeletal pain. Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) works by sending rapid percussion shock waves into your soft tissues or outer layers of bone.

As a result, it “re-injures” the area on a cellular level in a controlled manner and breaks up the scarring that has often developed in your muscles, tendons, ligaments or fascia layers. The controlled tissue re-injuring helps the body to up-regulate production of bone forming cells and micro blood vessels. The resulting neovascularization (growth of new blood vessels to an old, damaged area) will result in faster healing and better nutrient supply to healing tissues.

Shockwave therapy is considered to be particularly useful at helping with pain management and tissue rehabilitation. The efficacy of the procedure is often attributed to three reasons:


  1. The shock waves will stimulate a metabolic reaction in the tissue affected
  2. It will help breakdown fibrous adhesions between tissues, allowing restored mobility
  3. It induces an analgesic reaction mechanism which results in the blocking of pain messages to the brain
Radial Shockwave therapy by Dr Mike

Conditions Treated Through Shockwave Therapy

Radial shockwave therapy is used to treat a number of conditions, including:


  • Tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis of the knee
  • Tendonitis of the foot
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Heel spurs
  • Golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow
  • Calcifications
  • Painful muscle trigger points (TPs)
  • Most conditions causing pain or poor mobility of soft tissues

How Shockwave Therapy Works

The equipment used in the procedure will generate a series of rapid impulses whereby a projectile in the handle is programmed to move up and down at specific frequency and power. The projectile in the handle will hit the metal applicator head repeatedly, causing a series of rapid “shockwaves” which will penetrate up to several centimetres into the tissues. The energy will cause a hyper-stimulation analgesic effect which results in many patients feeling some relief over targeted areas almost immediately.

These controlled impulses also initiate a cascade of cellular reactions which improves blood flow and tissue repair, even in areas which have been damaged for long periods of time.

Therapy Sequence

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can be done in 3 simple steps.


  1. The location of the area to be treated is located and determined by the doctor through palpation. This is done to ensure the therapy is delivered accurately.
  2. A friction reducing gel is applied to the area targeted. The gel is necessary so the transfer of the percussion waves is done smoothly and efficiently.
  3. The shockwave applicator is pushed into the area that needs treatment and the start button is pressed for an indicated number of impulses to each section.


Will shockwave therapy be able to help me?

Many patients suffering from chronic pain symptoms have tried various types of treatments with no success. Up to 80 percent of said patients worldwide reported successful treatment of the problem using shockwave therapy or shockwave combined with other therapies when indicated.

Will it hurt?

You might experience a very minimal feeling of discomfort or prickling sensation during the treatment, depending on the level of pain you are already experiencing in the affected area. Fortunately, since the treatment will only last around 4-8 minutes per session, the slight feeling of discomfort is often tolerable by most patients.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatment will vary depending on the tissue response and indication. Since the treatment’s effect is cumulative, most patients will start to notice benefits of shockwave within a few sessions. In many cases, patients have reported already experiencing some relief after the just their first treatment.

How often will I get the treatment?

Most indications may require anywhere from around 4-10 sessions, which would normally be done from 3 to 7 days apart. However, the frequency and intervals will still vary depending on your condition, tissue response and tolerance.

Will I feel any pain after the procedure?

Most patients report immediate relief from pain following the treatment. However, within a few hours after the procedure until the day after, you might experience some soreness in the treated area. Fortunately, many report the soreness as non-limiting and tolerable. We also advise patients new to shockwave therapy to apply a cold compress to the treated area on days of treatment to reduce inflammation and soreness which may result.

Will there be restrictions after the treatment?

It is recommended that you refrain from any physical activity that can stress the treated region the first 48 hours after the treatment session. As patients improve, restrictions on activities may be lifted or modified as necessary.

When you book now, you’ll get our:

  • Relieve pain, restore your body’s natural function & avoid surgery with our Signature Functional Correction Method (FCM)
  • Get spot-on analysis and professional advice on what’s causing pain, and how to treat it with our Doctor’s Consult + Examination

Schedule your appointment right now & we’ll EVEN throw in these bonuses for FREE!

  • Break down stubborn muscle knots and old scar tissue with or Doctor Directed Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Calm down & relax with our soothing ATT-300 roller massage bed
  • Get a free Follow Up Consult + Xray/ MRI Review (*T&C applies)

PLUS 1 Additional Bonus Therapy (tailored specifically to you by the doctor after your consult)

*You get ALL of this for just $88

(originally priced @ $248).

Hear What Our Patients Say

Based on 246 reviews
Iv Iv
Iv Iv
My husband has been dealing with lower back pain for years. Did some research online and made an appointment with Elite. This was about 3 years ago, and my husband is still with Dr Michael. :)
Stella Amanda
Stella Amanda
I found out about Elite Spine Centres after struggling with neck and shoulder pain and migraines. I have never tried chiropractic before. I had my own doubts and concerns. But decided to give it a try anyway based on the good review from Google. From the first moment I reached out, the team has always been very helpful and friendly. I came with lots of questions about my condition as well as the chiropractic itself. Dr. Mike understood my concern. He patiently explained every time I have questions, about my progress and also any other symptoms/sensation that I noticed after starting treatment. At the initial process, he gave a gentler adjustment, until I was more accustomed to the experience. He even went the extra mile to provide me with resources to help me exercise/train my shoulder. The comprehensive treatment, stretches and exercises given to me helped my symptoms a lot. They haven't completely gone away as this is a long process. But I haven't taken any painkiller again since then. Overall, great experience. I've even recommended this place to friends are experiencing similar issues. Thank you Dr. Mike and team :)
Ks Chia
Ks Chia
Very professional and caring team. Mum’s spinal issue improved after trying all sorts of therapy elsewhere. Knee problem has always been an issue too and i have seen great improvement.
Since am working in healthcare industry for 30+ years, rarely I will comment on medical treatments & Outcomes due to lot of unknown factors. However, this time I felt compelled to write this review for sharing my personal experiences with Dr Mike and his professionally trained team from Elite Spine Care centre. First, up all I have had a pleasant treatment and impressed with customized therapy and clinical services provided over 16 sessions at timely manner. They never acted like they didn’t have time for me. I received extensive help at any time from Dr Mike and all clinical and admin staffs, which I really appreciated. Since am in Technology side, my job required extensive work on IT systems, cause of that end of the day I used to have severe pain on my right neck, right shoulder and right leg. I got this pain from late 2015 when I attempted to lift a heavy object Since then I had a weaving Scapula on right shoulder & radiating pain on right neck and arm. I had numerous number of consultations with Ortho and spine specialists, MRI and CT studies and Physiotherapy sessions start from 2015. However, pain had increased steeply and even led to muscle loss on my right arm and shoulder joints. I could not bear the pain and decided to search for alternate treatments such as Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese massage, accupuncture, etc at various places. By God’s, grace one of my friend introduced Dr Mike and intially signed up for 16 sessions at discounted and offordable price I would like to say what a positive experience I had with Dr Mike and his team. They explained everything to me and made every visit more comfortable and worry free. After 4 sessions, I have realised the benefits and now I do not have much pain and recovering from muscle loss and scapula weaving. I have planned to extend the treatment for another 1 year for stabilise the condition. Right now am looking forward to have regular session with Dr Mike and his team. Once again my sincere thanks to Dr Mike, his therapists and all Clinical and administrative staffs for the respect and care that you have showed me. You are always very special people in my heart
Muhd Hidayat
Muhd Hidayat
Dr Mike and the Elite Gang have been amazing hosts in my chiropractic journey. Dr Mike often emphasises that chiropractic isn't a one-day miracle cure. Chiropractic is about the re-introduction of movements in which the body has not utilised and maintaining them. In the beginning, I was looking for a treatment that would help elevate the ache between my shoulder blades from physical activities. Dr Mike provided a fluid program which resulted in an improvement on my shoulder mobility and the ache reduced gradually. Eventually, my aim is to be more aware of my body structure and search for methods to improve muscle recovery after intense physical activities. Armed with skilled hands, new technology and a friendly, caring team, Elite Spine has provided me with an amazing care in my recovery and fine-tuning of my body. Thanks ya'lls!!
Xin Yu Chua
Xin Yu Chua
I had severe aching from the lower back down to my feet, it was so bad that I absolutely needed a massage almost everyday. Just a few sessions at Elite Spine made a huge difference and I could now walk/ stand for a long time and run abit without experiencing much soreness. Sleep quality also improved. I also like that there were home stretches recommended to improve condition and body posture. Doctors and staff there were very friendly, I could bring my toddler with me when needed. A tremendous improvement in quality of life, thank you!
Henry Loh
Henry Loh
I am very thankful that my son, Ryan, also client there, recommended me to Elite Spine Centre. I have undergo the treatment for my lumbar stenosis for slightly more than a month & I am able to stand & walk longer with much lesser pain. Dr Mike & Dr Fraser, and the team are very friendly and professional in dealing with the treatment/ providing services. they provide valuable advice and they do NOT do hard selling. The treatment they provided is complete treatment for the whole body spine with different type of treatments that tailor to your issues. Thank you very much.. Henry Loh
I am very thankful that I have came across this Chiropractor Centre that I have undergo the treatment for my stiff neck and shoulder. I been through few chiropractor centres in Singapore and I would said that this centre that you do NOT want to miss. Dr mike and the team is very friendly and professional in dealing with the treatment/ providing services. they provide valuable advice and they do NOT do hard selling. The treatment they provided is complete treatment for the whole body spine with different type of treatments that tailor to your issues..
Edward Ng
Edward Ng
Elite Spine Centre is one of the best & most well-equipped chiropractic centre located in SG. Dr Mike is extremely professional & well versed in his field. Having a vast knowledge & experience, he is able to diagnose the root of the issue & work up a treatment plan aiming towards having a lasting recovery instead of just simply "cracking" a few bones to treat only the symptoms temporarily. The team of awesome ladies at Elite Spine Centre, ever friendly & approachable, is always there to ensure that the patient's treatment runs smoothly throughout the whole process. Most definitely recommend anyone seeking chiropractic treatment to visit Elite Spine Centre. Thank you Dr Mike & the awesome team of ladies at Elite Spine Centre 🤙🏾
Nastassja Conning
Nastassja Conning
Dr Mike and his team are just fantastic in every way. I’ve been to other chiro’s in the past and nothing compares to elite spinal centre! Dr Mike genuinely cares about what the issue is, how you’re feeling and the best way to get you better. Above this, his team are incredibly kind, caring and just make you feel at ease. Could not recommend them enough.