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H-Wave

Electrotherapy based drug free pain managment

Used by professionals in pain managment
in Hospitals and Private Practices.


H-Wave pain relief for:

  • Muscular spasm
  • Arthritis
  • Acute injuries
  • Referred pain
  • Whiplash injuries etc.
H Wave Unit

H-Wave combined therapy:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis/golfer's elbow
  • Muscle strains
  • Back, neck & knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis etc.
H Wave

H-Wave works naturally

H-Wave uses a signal that is natural to the human body. It emulates the H waveform found in nerve signals (Hoffman Reflex) and therefore enables greater and deeper penetration of a low frequency current, whilst using significantly less power than other machines. This makes H-Wave much safer, less painful and more effective than any other form of electrotherapy to date.

The revolutionary H-Wave signal is a bipolar, exponential decaying waveform that overcomes the disadvantages of other electrotherapy machines.
It allows the therapist to apply two treatments at the same time - Low frequency muscle stimulation and high frequency deep analgesic pain control.

The dramatic increase in blood and lymph flow accelerates the removal of toxins, improves oxygen supply to an injury and promotes excellent drainage of oedema. The high frequencies needed to pass traditional forms of electrotherapy through the skin often cause discomfort and pain.



H-Wave relieves pain

At a frequency of 60Hz:
  • Analgesia is achieved without muscle stimulation.
  • Pain is transmitted along the slower conducting C-fibres, whilst H-Wave stimulates the fast-conducting A fibres.
  • The message carried by the A fibres reaches the brain first, causing closure of the postulated ‘pain gate’ of Melzack and Wall.
  • Because H-Wave is bipolar with both positive and negative elements stimulating the sensory nerve, a frequency of 60Hz (rather than 120Hz) is sufficient to recruit the pain gate.

H-Wave saves time

  • 2 Hz and 60Hz therapy given together allow you to stimulate the muscle pump and give pain relief at the same time.
  • You can treat two injury sites, e.g. a sprained ankle and a bruised wrist, simultaneously.
  • This pump-action accelerates the body's ability to mechanically flush out excess fluids and unwanted substances.
  • Due to no crossfire and re-usable self adhesive electrodes you can actively and passively exercise the patient concurrently.

H-Wave promotes healing

At a frequency of 2Hz:
  • Electrodes are placed on the muscle bellies surrounding the injury site.
  • Unlike Faradism, only one electrode is needed per muscle belly.
  • Stimulation of the motor point causes muscle contraction which compresses surrounding lymphatic and venous vessels.
  • This pump-action accelerates the body's ability to mechanically flush out excess fluids and unwanted substances.
  • The end result is a dramatic reduction of oedema and removal of inflammatory products without appreciable muscle fatigue to the patient.

Top 10 reasons for H-Wave

  • 1. Unique waveform.
  • 2. Low output - (10mA) therefore no heat produced.
  • 3. Alternating current.
  • 4. Pump-action accelerates the body's ability to flush out excess fluids and toxins.
  • 5. Two frequencies: 2Hz and 60Hz.
  • 6. Self adhesive re-usable electrodes.
  • 7. CE Certified to Medical Devices Directive.
  • 8. Clinically validated.
  • 9. Portable.
  • 10. Battery operated.

References

Clinically proven by the following scientific publications:

B.C. McDowell, D.M. Walsh, G.D. Baxter & J.M. Allen.
Investigations of the hypoalgesic effects of H-Wave Therapy (HWT).
Biotherapeutics Research Group, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, BT37 0QB, N.Ireland.

D.M. Walsh, C. Liggett*, G.D. Baxter* & J.M. Allen.
Analgesic effects of transcutaneous electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and H-Wave therapy.
Biomedical Sciences Research Center, *Dept. Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, BT37 0QB, N.Ireland.

Brian D. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.
Consultation Report on H-Wave and Determination of Tissue Water. Aug 15, 1991.
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Laboratory, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Pasadena, CA 91105.>

D.M. Walsh, G.D. Baxter, J.M. Allen, A.J. Bell & B. Mokhtar (1992).
An assessment of the analgesic effects of H-Wave therapy upon experimentally induced ischaemic pain.
Irish Jornal of Medical Science, 161, 7, 472.

B.C. McDowell, M. McCrory, G.D. Baxter, J.M. Allen & D.m. Walsh (1994).
A double blind investigation of the hypoalgesic effects of low pulse repetition rate H-Wave Therapy (2-16Hz) upon experimentally induced ischaemic pain.
Irish Jornal of Medical Science, 163, 2, 101.

B.C. McDowell, G.D. Baxter, D.M. Walsh, H.C. Cherry & J.M. Allen.
An investigation to determine the effect of electrode placement on the hypoalgesic effects of H-Wave Therapy.
Physiotherapy Ireland, 15, 1, 32.

B.C. McDowell, A.S. Lowe, G.D. Baxter, D.M. Walsh & J.M. Allen.
An investigation to determine the hypoalgesic effects of H-Wave Therapy at various frequencies.
Irish Jornal of Medical Science.

B.C. McDowell, A.S. Lowe, G.D. Baxter, D.M. Walsh & J.M. Allen.
An investigation of the hypoalgesic efficacy of H-Wave Therapy on experimental ischaemic pain.
European Journal of pain.

B.C. McDowell, J. Robinson, H.C. Cherry, G.D. Baxter, D.M. Walsh & J.M. Allen. (1994)
The comparative analgesic efficacy of H-Wave Therapy to well established oral analgesics.
European Journal of pain.


And the following references:

Cruse, R., The efficacy of transcutaneous H-Wave as a non-invasive local anaesthetic, B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatric Studies, Brighton Polytechnic (October,1991) Unpublished Monograph.

Ebersold, M.J., Laws, E.R., Stonnington, H.H. & Stillwell, G.K., Transcutaneous electral stimulation for treatment of chronic pain; a preliminary report, Surg. Neurol., 4 (1975) 96-99.

Fuller, M.I. Superintendent Physiotherapist, St Mary's Hospital. North East Essex Health Authority (July,1991) Unpublished Case Studies.

Jenkins, S.D., A preliminary report on a study to assess the efficacy of H-Wave induced analgesia in the treatment of painful hyperkeratotic skin legions on plantar aspect of the foot, (1991) Unpublished Monograph.

McDowell B.C., Lowe A.S., Baxter G.D., Walsh D.M. & Allen J.M. (1994) An investigation of hypoalgesic efficacy of H-Wave Therapy on experimental ischaemic pain. Pain, in Press.

Newman, M., Using H-Wave electronic dental anaesthesia, General Dental Practitioner, (April,1990) Unpublished Monograph.