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Intelect® Focus


Greater Power & Depth for Better Treatment

In Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), a cylindrical wave is generated underwater inside the handpiece. This wave is focused through the reflector and transmitted into the tissue.

Chattanooga's Intelect Focus Shockwave device electromagnetically generates an extracorporeal shock wave, which produces a high pressure peak in a very short amount of time (<2μs). Thus, allowing for focused treatment of heel spur at a depth of 1 inch. The shock wave is focused to a small targeted area for treating heel pain due to chronic proximal plantar fasciitis.

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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 depth. Radial pressure wave devices generate their maximal energy on the skin, which then dissipates as it travels to depth. Energy levels at depth are dictated by the settings on the machine and the applicator used.

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Treatment is performed directly on the skin but is non-invasive. The time allotted 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 treatments

  • Non-invasive technology

  • Alternative to medication




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.



On average, shockwave therapy normally consists of 1-6 treatments to help produce effective clinical outcomes. Typically, treatment times last for 5 minutes, 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 transmitter handpieces to 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.

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