ARP Wave: How It Works
Positive/negative cellular polarity, scar tissue, and muscle function
Whenever there is an injury to a part of the body, cells are damaged, and the electrical charge in the damaged area is changed from a positive polarity to a negative polarity. At first, this is good because it elicits the healing response in the body itself by attracting white blood cells, fibroblasts, and a whole array of healing responses. However, if the negative charge doesn't dissipate, it causes scar tissue to attach to the muscle tissue. This scar tissue embedded in the muscle fibers takes away from the muscle's ability to elongate and contract fully, thus weakening the muscle and rendering it less capable of absorbing shock. When this starts happening, the muscles no longer do their job. The result is joint injury to the joints that were being supported by these muscles.
Our bio-electrical current is harmonious with the electric current in the human body
ARP Wave is a proprietary electrical stimulation modality. It uses both direct electrical current as well as a patented bio-electrical current, simultaneously with active range-of-motion and other exercise techniques. This combination of currents facilitates increased effectiveness of the direct current by allowing higher levels of intensity and deeper penetration while minimizing the discomfort. Other electrical stimulation modalities use only an alternating current which is not consistent with the natural direct current that is found in the body. Alternating current causes the muscles to contract like they do when you get a muscle cramp.
ARP Wave determines source of pain
As ARP Wave electrical pads are applied to areas of the body only a mild sensation is felt until it passes over, and the direct current passes through, an area that has built up and retained a negative polarity from a previous injury. When the current passes through a scarified area, the person experiences a level of discomfort consistent with the amount of negative charge in that area. As these areas are located, based on the levels of discomfort, the ARP Wave machine is able to determine the actual sites where treatment is needed. Often these sites are not where the patient expects them.
The ARP Wave process to stop pain
Once ARP Wave locates these areas, electrical stimulation pads are attached and the muscle groups receiving treatment are put through a pre-determined range of motions. With each repetition of movement, the discomfort from the flow of current diminishes. The direct current is increased at regular intervals as patient comfort levels allow. This is then repeated: the patient goes through specific movements, their discomfort decreases with each repetition, and the intensity of the direct current is increased at regular intervals. Increasing the current into the affected area is important because the more charge that is put into an affected area, the more that the negative charge build-up and scarring will be dissipated.
To conclude: The passage of direct current through an area of negatively charged tissue reduces the negative charge build-up which follows injury. As the negative charge is reduced, scar tissue sloughs off the muscle fibers. Because the scar tissue is no longer attached to the muscles, the muscle has increased eccentric motion, or lengthening of the muscles. This causes the muscles to elongate, therefore making them able to contract faster and stronger. Since the muscles are able to contract faster and more forcefully, they are able to better protect the joint(s) that are attached to them, preventing joint injury. The result is a substantial reduction or, more commonly, complete elimination of pain and increased range of motion.
ARP Wave has been approved by the FDA for muscle re-education and relaxation of muscle spasms (a partial list of what the ARP Wave does), which help to stop pain associated with many different injuries.