No electrodes, non-invasive
Electrodes do not need to be implanted as is usually necessary for electrically stimulating bone. The WeHealPlus PEMF device uses absolutely no electrodes and is completely non-invasive. It is similar in application to conventional electric stimulation or TENS units. WeHealPlus has a more efficient and controlled delivery system utilizing an inductive coupling device that generates a specific type, intensity and duration of a pulsed magnetic field when an electric current is passed through a set of coils. Following the laws of physics, it then induces a precisely directed electrical pulse of stimulation that targets the intended (injured) cells. The magnetic wave is simply a component of this induced coupling of the electro stimulating combination. It is the controlled, precise electric charge that stimulates the healing in damaged cells and reduces pain. Our device is neither a PEMF or Electro-Stimulation device. It is PEMF, a truly hybrid-type device that harvests the best of both electrical and magnetic stimulation. That is why it works so well.
Tissue subjected to minimum stress!
Because the WeHealPlus device simulates ion flow from a simulated mechanical stress without actually applying mechanical stress, the tissue does not get subjected to additional stresses. With severely damaged tissue even low levels of additional stress can reduce function. Also, damaged tissues cannot properly handle their mechanical stress in a helpful way to elicit a functional adaptive response. This is probably why some serious injuries are refractory to recovery: they are no longer able to respond enough to generate regeneration at the cell level. It is likely that the possibility for these responses also change with age, making it more difficult to get regeneration with increasing age beyond maturity. The WeHealPlus (PEMF) delivers a simulated paracellular ion flux response as though the tissue were intact and healthy, even if the tissue is badly damaged.
Safe, low-power system
The WeHealPlus device gives off very low levels of power because the system is uniform and well controlled in the volume of the tissue to be stimulated. It is optimized to stimulate at low power output levels. In fact, the output is only about 350 milliwatts or about a third of the power of a typical cell phone.
Pulse output tuned to be truly effective
Finally, the WeHealPlus PEMF technology is fundamentally different from other suppliers of magnetic pulse devPEMF. While the NASA research was done in the 1990′s, Dr. Dennis has done extensive additional research and development since. WeHealPlus PEMF isd likely the only device that have actually calculated and tuned a magnetic pulse profile to induce electrical fields that make sense physiologically to the cells being stimulated. The WeHealPlus device does not simply send out pulses of arbitrary duration, amplitude, frequency or shape. The pulse amplitude and duration are carefully selected based on Rheobase and Chronaxie (see above) measurements mentioned above and the repeating patterns of pulses selected that are based upon known motor-neuron stimulation patterns for musculoskeletal tissues. Both fast-twitch (power) and slow-twitch (postural) muscular and tissue activity are copied.
A variety of cell types are activated, and within cells several different pathways may be activated. Cells in structural tissues (bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage) seem to be stimulated to activate growing stem cells in the adult stem cell niche in the tissue in question, and these cells go on to begin the regenerative process by making structural proteins for the tissue extracellular matrix. We have known that pretty much for sure since Goodwin’s data in the late 1990s.
More recently it has been shown clearly by several
other very good investigators that PEMF closely related to
PEMF signal protocols influences inflammation.
The effect is very prompt and can be very dramatic. This
has the effect of clamping down on undesirable chronic
inflammation, and for acute injuries the effects of PEMF
seem to include a dramatic, massive and sometimes
persistent reduction of edema and pain. For chronic
injuries the mechanisms may include central (CNS/brain)
feedback loops that are currently being studied with DR
Dennis’s colleagues at UNC.
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