Designed specifically for veterinary applications, the Vet H-Wave is an electrotherapy instrument that provides fast and effective treatment for soft tissue injuries to small and large animals. High frequency treatment provides instant pain relief whereas low frequency muscle stimulation reduces swelling, improves blood and lymphatic flow, thus reducing healing time dramatically.
This professional instrument is extensively used by qualified animal physiotherapists and veterinary surgeons. It is also used in hospitals and NHS pain clinics and is therefore fully CE certified to the European Medical Devices Directorate standards.
The MIE Vet H-Wave is a 2 channel electrotherapy unit that uses a closed cell rechargeable battery that allows you to work all day in “the field” and can be recharged overnight. It comes complete with a padded carrying bag, re-usable electrodes, cables and battery charger and weighs less than 3Kgs.
Unlike the common TENS electrotherapy instruments, the MIE Vet H-Wave has a unique waveform that replicates the natural nerve signal known as the Hoffman reflex (hence H-Wave).
This waveform is readily accepted by the body, unlike unnatural electrical signals, such as sine waves or square waves etc.
Using the body’s own natural waveform allows the signal to penetrate more deeply but with less current. This not only makes the treatment more comfortable, but also more effective. Most animals are more sensitive to electrical stimulation than humans, so the type of waveform used is critical for successful treatment.
Unlike any other electrotherapy treatment, multiple frequencies can be administered at the same time thus increasing therapeutic function whilst also reducing treatment time.
What is H-Wave?
The MIE Vet H-Wave is a unique electrotherapy machine, which combines muscular and neurological stimulation (MANS) for the first time. It has been developed over a number of years and heralds a new generation in soft tissue injury treatment.
The MIE Vet H-Wave generates a signal that is revolutionary in electrotherapy: a bipolar exponential decaying waveform that enables greater and deeper penetration of a lower current, whilst using significantly less power than other machines. This new technique is particularly effective for the treatment of animals all of which are more sensitive to stimulation.
TWO MODES OF ACTION
The Vet H-Wave can be applied in two ways – using low frequency and/or high frequency impulses – through special pads placed over and near the injury.
LOW FREQUENCY (2Hz)
The low frequency "therapeutic" mode creates visible muscular contractions, which increase the venous return of blood and stimulates lymphatic drainage through an injury site.
The dramatic increase in blood and lymph flow accelerates the removal of pain-producing chemicals and toxins that build up around the injury, thus reducing pain. The lymphatic system can then operate more efficiently which, in turn, assists the removal of oedema and stimulation of the healing process.
The Vet H-Wave moves all muscle groups comfortably and with no appreciable muscle fatigue or discomfort to the animal.
HIGH FREQUENCY (60Hz)
The high frequency "pain control" mode produces a different therapeutic effect: that of deep analgesia/anaesthesia. This is achieved by shutting down the transmission of pain signals and is also believed to stimulate the animal’s own natural pain-reducing chemicals known as endorphins.
In acutely painful conditions, Vet H-Wave, on high frequency, may be applied to anaesthetise an area before proceeding with low frequency therapy treatment. If discomfort persists after low frequency therapy, high frequency can be used to improve comfort.
Users of Veterinary H-Wave
National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists - http://www.navp.co.uk/casestudies1.htm
Equine Therapeutic Solutions - http://www.equinetherapeuticsolutions.com/modalities.htm
Gail Williams, Veterinary Physiotherapist - http://gailwilliams.co.uk/treatments/
Newmarket Equine Physiotherapy - http://www.newmarketequinephysiotherapy.com/therapies.html
Tucker, a 10 year old Advanced Eventer
Tucker had an accident at home in the stable - he pulled back on his lead rope whilst tied up and did the splits and landed on his right buttock. He was lame initially and then partially recovered. However, he was left with a significant abduction of the right hind during gait, to the extent that he was unstable and could not be ridden.
Tucker’s treatment required sequential nerve blocking up to and including the hip joint which produced a 70% improvement. There was tremendous adductor wastage, increased psoas tone on the right hand side and increased abductor tone. The hip joint was medicated and an analgesic based electrotherapy programme (60Hz nerve stimulation with Vet-Wave) was introduced.
An exercise programme was devised to specifically enhance limb proprioception and primary flexion. Adductor tone was stimulated while abductor and psoas tone were reduced therapeutically. Judicious use of weights and chains to stimulate proprioception and flexion (and remedial farriery) were introduced. Manipulation under sedation was used to restore range of movement to the thoraco-lumbar spine and was also shown through measurements to diminish the pelvic asymmetry and reduce an anterior ilium.
Having been unstable to ride prior to the treatment, after 12 weeks at treatment, he slowly returned to a normal gait and he is now back in event training.
Typical Treatment Point for Major Muscles
- Superficial Pectoral
- Brachlalis/Teres Plinor
- Flexor Carpi Ulnaris
- Superficial Gluteal
- Deep Digital Flexor
- Extensor Carpi Radialis
- Extensor Digitorum Comm.
- Deep Pectoral
- Latissimus Dorait
- Superficial Gluteal
- Biceps Femoris/Vastus Lateralis
- Semi tendinosus
- Rectus Femoris
- Extensor Digitorum Longus
- Extensor Digitorum Lateralls