Interview with Mr. MARC IGNASI CORRAL BAQUÉ(PhD),
the Medical Expert of INDIBA S.A.
INDIBA® is a global leader in the field of Proionic® System for the physiotherapy, aesthetic and veterinary markets, and is known in the world for its scientific research performed in the last 40 years.
With a patented technology that works at a frequency of 448 kHz and 20 kHz of modulation frequency, INDIBA® has helped people to improve their lives and recover faster from injuries. INDIBA® has developed and revolutionized treatment methods in each and every one of the sectors it operates in and continues doing so. Its superior products and work processes are certified to ISO 13485 and CE 1434 and by the FDA.
“At INDIBA®, we believe we can contribute to the health and well-being of our patients by addressing new and growing needs of the aging population and in offering treatments that will allow people to continue their lifestyle at an older age,” said Jose Calbet Benach, who founded INDIBA in 1983, and devoted his life to the research and development of Proionic® System. “Revitalizing lives is what we do and what our research and development teams are working on to achieve daily.”
Mr. Calbet found that to safely introduce Proionic® System into the body can generate health benefits and improve people’s lives. Nineteen patents, 552 clinical scientific papers and the design of more than 25 different models later, the INDIBA® technology has been recognized and has won many international awards. Mr. Calbet was summoned for an audience in 1988 with the King of Spain who highly recognized his inventions and contributions, an honor that is still unmatched in the industry. He passed away in 2018, but his work and values continue to define INDIBA®.
Mr. MARC IGNASI CORRAL BAQUÉS (PhD), the Medical Expert of INDIBA S.A. since 2013, oversees the development and manufacture of electromedical technology and equipment for Aesthetic Medicine, Plastic and Reconstructive Dermatology Surgery, Gynecology, Sports Rehabilitation and Veterinary Medicine, based in Barcelona (Spain) and marketed in Europe, Asia, Japan, LATAM and USA. SpaChina interviewed him.
INDIBA® is the market leader in Proionic® System, accelerating the natural recovery of the body and restoring vitality. Could you introduce your treatments?
For Beauty: INDIBA Deep Beauty is a non-invasive technology, which has been around for almost 40 years. The Proionic® System increases cellular metabolism and rebalances cells during treatments. From the first session with INDIBA® skin tissue recovers lost elasticity, there is an increase in production of collagen and elastin, fat decreases, and blood flow improves.
Treatments are effective, safe and enjoyable and are available in some of the best salons in the world. Our protocols are regularly updated, and we currently offer effective solutions for:
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Body Contouring
- Fat/Cellulite Treatments
- Body Anti-ageing
- Hair Treatments
For Physiotherapy, rehab, pelvic health, sports medicine and physio aesthetics: INDIBA Activ treatments can be integrated with manual physiotherapy to provide the best outcomes in treatment. Our technology can be used to complement a manual treatment, accelerating the repair process of damaged tissue in both the inflammation and chronic phases.
Using INDIBA® can also be used to manage pain. Results can be visible from the first session. INDIBA Activ can be used in these key areas:
- Sports Physio
- Pelvic Health
- Physio Aesthetics
For Medicine, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Gynaecology: INDIBA Deep Care offers healthcare professionals a flexible tool in medicine; for gynaecological, surgical and dermatological uses. The Proionic® System increases blood flow to the treated area, increasing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen; resulting in hydration, fibroblast and collagen stimulation. INDIBA® can be used for:
- Aesthetic Medicine
- Combined Medical Aesthetics
- Pre/Post Surgery
- Aesthetic Gynaecology
For Veterinary: INDIBA Animal Health is a unique line of products designed specifically for use on animals. The INDIBA® technology can be used to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of animals treated; by supporting recovery, managing their pain and improving performance. The treatment process is also pleasant for animals, as it is non-invasive and painless. INDIBA® can be used for:
- Rehabilitation and Recovery
- Pain Management
- Injury Prevention
INDIBA® refers to the technology as a Proionic® System because it induces a set of biological responses (thermal and sub thermal) by 448kHz and 20kHz current. Could you give us more explanation on this?
The standard hyperthermia effect is to increase the local temperature of the treated tissue, and it has been proven scientifically that a 448 kHz current applied at subthermal output powers (that is, at an energy that cannot increase in a significant way local tissue temperature) also has effects, and that those effects are frequency dependent. Among those effects, it promotes stem cells proliferation, chondrocyte differentiation and increase of cartilage matrix synthesis and has an antiadipogenic effect (prevents fat buildup) in preadipocytes. In that sense, the term Proionic® system was developed, and presented by Dr. Sendros in an international medical conference in Singapore. Later Naranjo refers to Proionic® effects to describe the promotion of tissue regeneration and the modulation of the inflammatory response, induced by INDIBA® subsequent to a fractional laser treatment. On top of this, INDIBA’s patented technology that works at a frequency of 448 kHz and 20 kHz of modulation frequency can be used in areas of heat sensitivity and acute inflammation, with low energy output to achieve high performance treatment. In tissue repair level, it is more conducive to promoting collagen synthesis and release and in the tissue healing phase, it plays an important role in the balance of the internal skin environment, and can accelerate the effect and make the treatment more comfortable.
What do you see as the role of high technology in improving the quality of life?
Through history, INDIBA®’s state-of-the-art technologies have always been the engine driving more innovation, not only in medical aspects but in the healthcare range. This type of innovation has allowed INDIBA® to discover the electrothermal effects of the 448 kHz and 20 kHz modulation frequency and has been able to develop the Proionic® system concept.
What’s more, now, not only health professionals but also the general population are asking for more scientific backing to ensure not only effectivity of the treatments but also their safety.
Can INDIBA® treat pregnant guests?
No, INDIBA® cannot be applied on a pregnant woman. Most energy-based devices are contraindicated during pregnancy and few techniques are allowed, as could be manual pressure therapy for oedema drainage, in case of heavy legs. However, INDIBA® has a good effect on postpartum repair. Numerous practical successful cases are seen in this regard.
At the present time, during the COVID-19 pandemic, can people use INDIBA® treatments for Prevention and Recovery?
Yes, people can use INDIBA® treatments for prevention as well as for recovery in case of COVID-19. Hyperthermia has been proven to strengthen the natural body immune system, in fact hyperthermia has been proposed as a useful technique in that sense, so applying INDIBA will trigger those processes.
But probably more important than prevention, is the use of INDIBA® in respiratory sequelae of COVID-19, with between 10% and 65% of survivors who had mild/moderate COVID-19 present symptoms of post-COVID-19 syndrome for 12 weeks or more. Many studies have proven that it not only improves the breathing capacity of asthmatic patients and of elderly healthy women but it also increases blood oxygen transport.
Who are the users for INDIBA® worldwide? How many countries do you cover? How do you see the China market in the next five years?
The history of INDIBA® covers nearly 40 years, and so many countries that to mention them all would be a very long list, but you can find INDIBA® in the main leading countries such as in China, Japan, Singapore, European Union, USA and Middle East, to mention a few.
China has experienced a huge change in the past few decades and has become one of the leading countries in the world. China has a very fast-growing market, very competitive and with many different levels of product demands. I think INDIBA® is going to be a very strong brand in China, not only for the quality of its devices, but also for its long tradition, close to 40 years’ experience with millions of advocates from its satisfied users & customers with its unique Proionic® effects. All these features of INDIBA® are very attractive to the oldest culture in the world that knows how to appreciate and value, tradition, quality and performance. And that makes it impossible for me to make any prediction, as it would probably be overwhelmed by the events ahead to happen for INDIBA® in the China market.
INDIBA® 448kHz and 20kHz Modulation Frequency
Research has proven that the precise and stable frequency of 448kHz promotes biostimulation at the cellular level and rapid restoration of cellular functions, with its regenerative, anti-inflammatory, anti-adipogenic, and proliferative effects on stem cells. At the tissue level, it can achieve anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, promote fracture and soft tissue healing, improve blood circulation (reduce swelling and bruising), and stimulate tissue regeneration. On top of this, INDIBA’s patented 448kHz and 20kHz modulation frequency is a breakthrough technology that allows for high efficiency in the treatment of heat sensitive areas with low energy output, and at the tissue repair level to promote collagen synthesis and release. And at the tissue healing stage, it plays an important role in the balance of the skin’s internal environment, accelerating the results and making the process more comfortable. This is INDIBA’s latest patented technology that is ahead of the industry.