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Treat Deeper. Faster. Easier.1


Shockwave therapy units reach a therapeutic penetration depth of up to 6 cm* for Radial Pressure Wave devices and 12.5 cm* for Focus Shockwave devices. Both types of shockwave devices impact tissue at the surface level down to deeper depths of penetration to treat a wide range of pathologies.2-10


On average, shockwave therapy normally consists of 1-6 treatments to help produce effective clinical outcomes.2-10 Typically, treatment times last for 5 minutes1, allowing the treatment to fit into the time constraints of a therapy session and be easily incorporated into an overall plan of care.


Shockwave therapy provides easy-to-use handpieces to help effectively treat patients, reducing the wear and strain on the clinician’s hands. The various device handpieces serve to deliver treatments and provide clinician comfort during use.

Two Types of
Sound Waves

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) technology encompasses the use of two distinct forms of sound waves to transfer energy into tissue, resulting in two types of shockwave devices that clinicians can choose to incorporate into their practice.

Focus Shockwaves vs. Radial Pressure Waves

The Chattanooga® Focus Shockwave device generates sound waves via an electromagnetic hand piece with a built-in water buffer, while the Radial Pressure Wave devices utilize a pneumatic/ballistic design. These differences impact the waveforms they produce.

Focused shockwaves have higher peak energy and generate maximal force at a selected depth2. Radial pressure wave devices generate their maximal energy on the skin, which then dissipates as it travels to depth2. Energy levels at depth are dictated by the settings on the machine and the applicator used.

Soundwaves - Shockwave
Soundwaves - RPW

Treatment Applications

Treatment is performed directly on the skin, but is non-invasive. The time alloted for a specific treatment will depend on the area and depth of the tissue being treated. This will normally fall within 2-4 minutes per area treated.


  • Short treatment time (a few minutes)
  • Precise and targeted application
  • Results in a few treatments10
  • Non-invasive technology
  • Alternative to medication

RPW Applications

  1. Achilles Tendinopathy3
  2. Disorders of Tendon Insertions3
  3. Myofascial Trigger Points4
  4. Pain & Function in Orthopaedic Conditions9
  5. Plantar Fasciitis 7
  6. Muscle Soreness after Exercise 8

Focus Shockwave Applications

  1. Plantar Fasciitis5,6

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Intelect Focus Shockwave

Intelect® Focus Shockwave

Key Features

  • LCD touch screen
  • Enhanced Energy: 0.01 - 0.55 mJ/mm2
  • Optimal focal size for an easy and efficient treatment
  • 2 stand-off variations
  • Therapeutic penetration depth up to 4.7" (12 cm)**
  • Broad Frequency Range: 1 - 8 Hz
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Standoff treatment heads
Intelect RPW 2

Intelect® RPW 2

Key Features

  • Optimal ergonomic design
  • Comfort mode
  • Easy fit in every treatment room
  • Suggested protocols library
  • Bluetooth connectivity with windows 10 app
  • Extended pressure range from 0.3 to 5 bar
  • Large choice of transmitters (option)
  • Falcon®** handpiece and transmitters
  • V-Actor®** HF handpiece for vibration massage therapy
  • Spine-actor®** transmitter kit for paraspinal treatments
  • Peri-actor®** transmitter kit for fascia treatments
Intelect Mobile 2 RPW

Intelect Mobile® 2 RPW

Key Features

  • Compact and light weight, approx.. 20 lbs
  • Built-in compressor
  • User-friendly experience
  • Ergonomic controls
  • Illuminated LED display
  • Monitors pressure, frequency, and number of pulses
  • D-Actor®** applicator and transmitters
  • V-Actor®** applicator for vibration massage therapy
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*Data on file.
** Falcon®, V-ACTOR®, SPINE-ACTOR®, and PERI-ACTOR® are registered trademarks of Storz Medical AG Individual results may vary. Neither DJO, LLC nor any of its subsidiaries dispense medical advice. The contents of this document do not constitute medical, legal, or any other type of professional advice. Rather, please consult your healthcare professional for information on the courses of treatment, if any, which may be appropriate for you.

  1. As compared to the depth of penetration from manual therapy vs. extracorporeal shockwave therapy; average session of time extracorporeal shockwave therapy being five minutes; decrease is muscle strain from operating an extracorporeal shockwave device compared to manual therapy on a clinician’s hands.
  2. Cristina d'Agostino M, Craig K, Tibalt E, Respizzi S. Shock wave as biological therapeutic tool: From mechanical stimulation to recovery and healing, through mechanotransduction. Int J Surg. 2015 Dec;24(Pt B):147-53.
  3. Gerdesmeyer L. Current evidence of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in chronic Achilles tendinopathy.NCBINCBI Logo Int J Surg. 2015 Dec;24(Pt B):154-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.07.718. Epub 2015 Aug 29.
  4. Nedelka T. Mechano-transduction effect of shockwaves in the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain.Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2014
  5. Gollwitzer H, et al. Clinically relevant effectiveness of focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, controlled multicenter study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 May 6;97(9):701-8.
  6. Lou J, Wang S, Liu S, Xing G. Effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Without Local Anesthesia in Patients With Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Aug;96(8):529-534.
  7. Aqil A, Siddiqui MR, Solan M, Redfern DJ, Gulati V, Cobb JP. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is effective in treating chronic plantar fasciitis: a meta-analysis of RCTs. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Nov;471(11):3645-52. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-3132-2. Epub 2013 Jun 28. PMID: 23813184; PMCID: PMC3792262.
  8. S. Broadbent, JJ. Rousseau, RM. Thorp, SL. Choate, FS. Jackson, DS. Rowlands. Vibration therapy reduces plasma IL6 and muscle soreness after downhill running. 2010 Sep;44(12):888-94
  9. Zhong Z, Liu B, Liu G, Chen J, Li Y, Chen J, Liu X, Hu Y. (2019), A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effects of Low-Dose Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Sep;100(9):1695-1702
  10. Melese H, Alamer A, Getie K, Nigussie F, Ayhualem S. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy on pain and foot functions in subjects with chronic plantar fasciitis: sys¬tematic review of randomized controlled trials. Disabil Rehabil. 2021 May 26;1-8.