The Ins and Outs of H-Wave Therapy
I purchased an H-Wave machine in 2019 and I've never looked back. I regularly use it during physiotherapy appointments (and on myself in the evenings!) and love the results.
What can H-Wave be used for?
· Sub-acute or chronic tissue damage
· Muscle spasm
· Nerve damage
· Compromised circulation
How does H-Wave work?
The H-Wave machine uses a wave form which mimics the Hoffman Reflex. It generates a mild current to produces a comfortable, non-fatiguing muscle contraction.
Low frequency – 2HZ (20 minutes)
- Contracts muscle fibers
- Promotes blood flow
- Encourages lymphatic circulation
- Promotes angiogenesis
High frequency – 60 HZ (10 minutes)
- Affects the function of the sodium pump within the nerve
Shuts down pain signals
How is H-Wave therapy different to other electrical stimulation?
- Other modalities, such as TENS, only temporarily mask pain. H-wave provides longer lasting relief.
- The H-Wave waveform produces less resistance at the skin/electrode interface which allows a stronger current to be used more comfortably.
- A more effective muscle contraction can be achieved.
Can all horses have H-Wave therapy?
There are some contraindications for H-Wave therapy:
- Heart problems e.g. murmur
- An animal subject to seizures
- Undiagnosed pain
If your horse has any of these conditions H-Wave can still be used in some cases, however, I will discuss with your vet before treatment.
How often should H-Wave be used?
An intensive course of H-Wave may be advised:
Week 1 – 3 sessions
Week 2 – 2 sessions
Week 3 – 1 session
A single session of H-Wave may also be used for maintenance.
Do horses like H-Wave therapy?
Most horses are very happy and enjoy the H-Wave. Here is my own horse who absolutely LOVES it and always grooms the fence.....
What does the research say?
- 78% of H-Wave users reported significant pain relief
- 65% of users were able to reduce or completely eliminate the need for pain medicine
To find out more head to www.h-wave.com.