In shockwave therapy, changing the frequency of a shockwave device can affect several parameters of the treatment, including the depth of penetration, energy distribution, and tissue response.
In general, a higher frequency shockwave will have a more superficial effect, while a lower frequency shockwave will penetrate deeper into the tissue. The frequency can also affect the intensity of the shockwave, with lower frequencies producing more intense shockwaves than higher frequencies, especially during radial shockwave session.
Radial shockwave therapy and focused shockwave therapy are two different types of shockwave therapy that use different types of shockwaves and frequency ranges.
Radial shockwave therapy typically uses a frequency range between 1 and 21 Hz, that is delivered in a radial pressure wave, meaning that it spreads out in all directions from the applicator. The shockwaves are generated by a compressed air mechanism. The goal of radial shockwave therapy is to treat a larger area of tissue, such as the entire circumference of a tendon, muscle, or ligament.
On the other hand, focused shockwave therapy uses a higher energy acoustic wave, that is delivered in a more focused pattern, meaning that the energy is concentrated in a specific area. Focused shockwaves are typically generated by an electromagnetic system and are used to target specific areas of tissue, such as a small area of a tendon or ligament.