The H-Wave is an electrical stimulation device designed to target both the motor and sensory neurons. This system provides both high and low frequency settings, allowing us to achieve a wide variety of outcomes such as pain control, decrease inflammation, decrease muscle spasms or guarding, improve blood flow and ultimately speed healing.
The low frequency setting targets the motor neurons in a non-fatiguing manner and provides the unique qualities of H-Wave over other electrical stimulation devices. Electrodes are placed on the target area and the electrical impulse is gradually increased until a motor response is seen, in that the muscle will actually start to twitch or appear to jump. These rhythmic contractions create a pumping effect, which helps loosen tight muscles or spasms, pumps out inflammation and metabolites, decreases pain, increases mobility and ultimately improves function. A typical treatment is between 10-30 minutes.
The high frequency setting targets primarily the sensory nervous system to decrease pain by providing an intense buzzing sensation. This sensation travels along a faster pathway to the brain than pain does, which allows it to override the pain signal in the brain! In fact, the H-wave has such a powerful analgesic effect that, according to their website, it is FDA approved for electrical anesthesia in the field of dentistry. This pain reduction effect lasts even after your treatment has terminated, thereby providing patients a drug-free option for lasting pain relief.
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