My research in pain relief and wound healing

In 2004 I started to research pain relief using sequences of electronic impulses.

The original PBK unit

The technology was developed by an Italian engineer over a 30 year period. He had discovered a way to stimulate responses in tissues by inputting a sequence of electronic impulses while varying their amplitude, frequency and durations.

I saw a direct relation to my previous laser research and explored his research carefully.

What interested me was the production of vascular endogenous growth factor – required to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. This substance cannot yet be recreated in laboratory conditions successfully. Yet it is very important in wound healing.

Italian researchers had found that the Phyback system induces the release of VEGF, but they were unsure why. They also found that the treatment increased the levels of endogenous Nitric Oxide, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

Applying the system to the skin.

It was clear to me that this technology was producing a new form of pain relief – not simply an analgesic effect as found with pharmaceuticals or TENS systems.

The system was designed to generate two channels of outputs controlled by a complex set of algorithms.

Each channel could output up to 200VDC in a series of ‘parcels’ with a wide range of frequencies and pulse durations. The engineer found the by varying all of these parameters he could ‘trigger’ various responses in the cells and tissues.

He began by treating post-operative patient to accelerate their recovery and remove them from hospital beds. However, he quickly realised that their recoveries were remarkable in that many wounds healed much more rapidly than normal.

This started his 30 year research program and resulted in many patents and hospital systems throughout Italy.

Researchers then began to study the mechanisms to try and understand how this technique generated such good results They published their findings here:

Clearly, this technology was heads and shoulders above the standard pain relief methods or technology.

During my research I found that this system was useful on the following areas:

  • Back (Lumbar) pain
  • Period pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Reynaud’s Disease (Vibration white finger)
  • Joint Pain

The results with wound healing are remarkable – see photos below:

Open wounds before any treatment
After six sessions with the Payback unit


Results from Italian hospitals have shown that this technique is excellent for Diabetic Foot – traditionally a difficult area to treat:

A diabetic open wound
After a few treatments
Following a few more treatments.

I have treated myself, my kids, my mother and many there people over the years. I feel that this is definitely the future of pain relief and will be used routinely in people’s homes.

I am still pursuing this research and hope to produce a smaller, hand-held device for period pain relief soon.

If you are interested in this research, please let me know.


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