Shock Wave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine It’s main benefits are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers (narcotics) makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain. 

All too often people suffer with chronic pain they are trying to manage, or face surgery that could cause more problems. For many, Shockwave would provide a successful alternative to surgery, if only people knew about it 

The advantages of Shockwave are many:

  • It works
  • It’s non-invasive
  • There’s no risk of infection
  • No risk of tendon rupture as may rarely occur with steroid injections 
Muscular pain affects millions of people every day. For some people this type of pain is nuisance, but for many it is physically debilitating – reducing their quality of life and limiting their ability to enjoy activities with family and friends. Your chronic pain may be related to scar tissue and adhesions formed either in soft tissue or tendon/ligament post injury. A treatment with Radial Shockwave Therapy presses the “reset” button on chronic scarred and hard-to-treat soft tissue. Scar tissue or adhesions in many cases adheres to and puts pressure on nerves, which can result in pain. By breaking up the scarring and adhesions, the treatment helps take pressure off the nerve and increases circulation to the area which helps the body heal itself more efficiently.

Mechanism of Action:

Shock Wave is a ballistic radial pulse system with an electromagnetic generator as the projectile accelerator.

The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. In modern pain therapy, shockwave energy is conducted from the point of origin to the painful body regions, where it applies its healing capacities.

The easiest way to think of the energy created by a Shockwave machine is to imagine a Jacuzzi, as the bubbles are generated outside of the body, the energy of the jets is focused on a certain area and the effect can be felt below the surface of your skin. The stronger the jet, the deeper the effect. Similarly, the more focused the jet, the more targeted the impact.

A Shockwave machine works in a similar way. A wave of energy is created and delivered to the body through a hand-piece used by the practitioner to deliver the wave to the target area.

The acoustic radial wave consists of two different parts – positive pressure pulse and a comparatively small tensile wave component. The shockwave squeezes the surrounding tissue and breaks the grid structure of the molecules. The tensile wave leads to a collapse of the gas bubbles within the fat structures, which re-expand after the acoustic radial wave and thus ensure a destabilization of the fat structures.

Therapy Benefits:

The observed tissue reactions and metabolic effects are basically:

  • No anesthesia
  • Non-Invasive
  • No Medication
  • No Surgery
  • Immediate Sustaining Pain Relief
  • Increased Mobility
  • Controlled normalized Muscle Tone
  • Decrease in Trigger Point Activity
  • Fast Treatment
  • Fewer Complications
  • Virtually painless after treatment

Therapy Effects:

  • short-term increase of the blood flow induced by massage and vaso-dilation
  • long-term improvement of the blood flow caused by formation of blood vessels
  • lymphatic drainage effect, dehydration and withdrawal of waste products
  • mechanical and biochemical lipolysis
  • softening of fibrotic structures (septum, scar tissue)
  • strengthening of the connective tissue (collagen neogenesis) leads to improvement of the dermal elasticity and firmness
  • cell rejuvenation (process of cell regeneration)

Treatment Areas

  • Neck Pain (Myofascial pain syndromes)
  • Shoulder Pain (Calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder, subarominal pain syndrome)
  • Back Pain (Myofascial pain syndromes, idiopathic lowerback pain and pseudoradicular syndromes)
  • Elbow Pain (Lateral and medial epicondylitis)
  • Hand Pain (Dupuytrens disease, De Quervain disease, trigger finger and Carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Hip Pain (Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome)
  • Hamstring Pain (Hamstring tendinopathy, insertional)
  • Knee Pain (Osteoarthritis, patella tip syndrome)
  • Osgood Schalter Disease
  • Achilles Pain (Achilles tendinopathy, insertional and mid body)
  • Heel Pain (Plantarfasciopathy)
  • Cellulite on the legs and buttock


  • Who We Are

    Established in 1984, MightyChiro is owned and operated by Glen Nathan, DC. Glen has proven results of treating patients of automobile accidents, sports, and work related injuries.

  • Dr. Nathan's Experience

    Dr. Nathan earned is chiropractic degree from Life University in Georgia and holds a BA from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.

    In addition:

    • He was a consultant to Independence Blue Cross
    • He served as the chiropractor to the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philadelphia Kixx Soccer Team
    • He was on call for Electric Factory Concerts
    • He has provided for The Who, Kiss, The Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, and many more
  • Our Philosophy

    To help patients reach their superior health potential and maintain it through wellness, non-invasive pain management, and chiropractic care.