H-Wave

H-Wave is a non-invasive electrotherapy which uses electrical stimulation to relieve pain and restore function without any potentially harmful side effects. Its benefits include:

  • Pain Relief

  • Improves function

  • Reduces recovery time

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Increases lymphatic drainage and removal of toxins

  • Drains areas of oedema (swelling)

  • Improves oxygen supply

  • Reduces muscle spasm

  • Reduces muscle tightness

  • Improves range of motion and flexibility

  • Reduces muscle wastage from disuse

The H-Wave works by emulating the H waveform that occurs in the horse's nerve signals (the Hoffman reflex). This allows the H-Wave machine to penetrate the horse's body deeper with a lower frequency current, whilst using less power than similar machines.  This means that this machine is safer, less painful and more effective.

Your Horse's Physiotherapy Session

 

I start using the H-Wave by acclimatising your horse to the wires and electrodes, as these can be a very new sensation for your horse. I do this by slowly draping the wires over your horse's back and moving them around, all the while offering your horse encouragement and praise.

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Next, I use conductive gel to place the electrodes on your horse. In these pictures I place the electrodes either side of the withers and lumbar back, but they can be placed in numerous different positions depending on where your horse has spasm in their back. I apply gel to the horse's back and directly on the H-Wave's electrodes. This gel is hypoallergenic and is wiped off (with sensitive baby wipes) after the treatment.

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Finally, I start the treatment. The average time the H-Wave is activated for is 20 minutes and I will usually perform this before massaging the other areas of tightness throughout your horse's body. I will slowly increase the power until you can see the muscles contracting.

This video shows a horse midway through their treatment. She has her head low and she is licking and chewing, which are clear signs she is relaxed. She is also a chronic windsucker and while receiving this treatment, she was so relaxed she did not windsuck. You can also see how she is resting her leg.