The Science: A shock wave is an intense, short energy wave that moves faster than the speed of sound. They are typically characterized by: High positive pressures of more than 100 MPa Extremely short rise times (about 10 microseconds) Fast pressure rises (less than 10 nanoseconds) Narrow effective beams (2-8mm diameter)
When a pressure wave passes through the human tissue, it produces physiological and therapeutic effects. It is believed that four phases are involved in producing these therapeutic effects. Learn more here.