Neuromodulation Using Low-Power, Battery-Operated, Pulsed Shortwave Technology

Shortwave therapy (SWT), which is the the use of megahertz frequency electromagnetic fields, was used from the 1900's to heat tissue for a short duration and treat a variety of health conditions like tissue inflammation, wounds and chronic pain. Over the last few decades, pulsing (PSWT) was introduced to reduce the incident power and lower risk of burn injuries. Conflicting evidence regarding efficacy and a lack of physical mechanism explaining the so called non-heating/non-thermal effects have prevented widespread adaption of this technology. We have developed a prototype non-thermal PSWT device requiring battery operated power levels that demonstrates robust physiologic effects associated with neuromodulation, under clinical conditions.

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This technology provides a drug-free alternative to developing treatments for a variety of chronic health conditions. Neuromodulation via contact based electrodes is currently a popular treatment alternative for many health conditions, but several drawbacks prevent continuous use. Long term use and the use of electrode gel can irritate and/or damage skin. Moreover, it cannot be used directly over wound areas. The prototype being disclosed does not require contact with the skin and can even be placed over clothing, as "wearable" medical technology. Given the non-requirement for personnel supervised treatment sessions and relatively simple bill of materials, we envision this to be an inexpensive alternative to how healthcare is currently administered.

 

Binghamton University RB486

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