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HELPFUL INFORMATION
Below you will find helpful information on topics relating to the
Rhythm Touch™.



TENS
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulations (TENS) is a safe non-invasive drug-free method of pain management. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is currently one of the most commonly used forms of electro-analgesia. It relieves pain by sending small electrical impulses through electrodes placed on the skin to underlying nerve fibers. TENS works by two different mechanisms. First, electrical stimulation of the nerve fibers can block a pain signal from being carried to the brain. If the signal is blocked, pain is not perceived. Secondly, the body has its own mechanism for suppressing pain. It does this by releasing natural compounds called endorphins which act as analgesics. By effectively managing pain without drugs, TENS allows many people with chronic pain conditions, to resume daily activity.

TENS has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of acute and chronic pain caused by many common to more severe medical conditions.

Technical Considerations

Amplitude - Current at a comfortable, low intensity level, just above threshold
Pulse width (duration) - 10-1000 microseconds
Pulse rate (frequency) - 80-100 impulses per second (Hz); 0.5-10 Hz when the stimulus intensity is set high

When TENS is used as an analgesic, patients are instructed to try different frequencies and intensities to find those that provide them with the best pain control. Optimal settings of stimulus parameters are subjective and are determined by trial and error. Electrode positioning is quite important. Usually, the electrodes are initially placed on the skin over the painful area, but other locations such as over cutaneous nerves, trigger points, acupuncture sites, may give comparable or even better pain relief.
Patient comfort is a very important determinant of compliance and, consequently, of the overall success of treatment. The intensity of the impulse is a function of pulse duration and amplitude. Greater pulse widths tend to be more painful.

The amount of output current depends on the combined impedance of the electrodes, skin, and tissues. With repetitive electrical stimuli applied to the same location on the skin, the skin impedance is reduced, which could result in greater current flow as stimulation continues. A constant current stimulator, therefore, is preferred in order to minimize sudden, uncontrolled fluctuations of current intensity related to changes in impedance. An electro-conductive gel applied between the electrode and skin serves to minimize the skin impedance.

Medical complications arising from use of TENS are rare. However, skin irritation can occur in as many as 33% of patients, due, at least in part, to drying out of the electrode gel. Patients need to be instructed in the use and care of TENS equipment, with particular attention to the electrodes.

In some cases, individuals react to the tape used to secure the electrodes. Skin irritation is minimized by using disposable, self-adhesive electrodes and repositioning them slightly for repeated applications. The use of TENS is contraindicated in patients with a demand-type pacemaker, because the stimulus output of the TENS unit may drive or inhibit the pacemaker.

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EMS
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. EMS is both a form of electrotherapy and of muscle training.
In medicine EMS is used for rehabilitation purposes, for instance in the prevention of disuse muscle atrophy which can occur, for example, after musculoskeletal injuries, such as damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. However, this should not be confused with TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator): the use of electric current in pain therapy.
Our portable, light weight units have been scientifically designed and proven to exercise body muscles fast, efficiently & effectively through a series of stimulated contraction & relaxation phases.

How does it work?

The Rhythm Touch™ delivers gentle electric impulses to your muscles via the pads (which you place over different muscle groups). Your muscles will respond to the impulse by contracting and relaxing rhythmically as instructed by you through the unit. When a muscle contracts as a result of a unique signal, the chemical changes taking place within the muscles are similar to those associated with voluntary contraction as in "normal exercising". These chemical reactions, which results from muscle contractions, utilizes glycogen, fat and other nutrients stored in the muscle. These resulting series of muscle contractions will enable an individual to build, tone, strengthen, combat flabbiness and improve contour.



 

 


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and/or any other medical condition.

 
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