Physical therapists commonly use electrical stimulation therapy (electrotherapy) to help them treat their patients that have body pains. However, innovations in electrotherapy nowadays make it easy for individuals to use a personal electronic stimulator. Electronic stimulators like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices are ideal alternatives for treating acute and chronic pain. Alternatively, Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) devices are effective at stimulating the muscles for recovery.
When looking for a personal electrical stimulation machine, you should consider machines that are safe, effective, and reliable. Also, they should have both TENS and EMS features ideally. Conveniently, the iTENS wireless unit at iTENS Australia is the world’s first wireless electronic stimulator with FDA clearance to market as a safe pain-relieving device. Moreover, it has multiple features for customisation, such as EMS therapy. Additionally, it combines innovative wearable technology with the effectiveness of electrical stimulation therapy to improve convenience and quality of life. Find out more about the revolutionary iTENS wireless electronic stimulator below.
How Does an Electronic Stimulator Work?
Before we get into the wonderous pain-relieving iTENS wireless electronic stimulator, we must first learn how it works. Electrical stimulation therapy has two major types; Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), respectively.
TENS electrotherapy employs an electronic stimulator device that transmits low-voltage electrical impulses on the sensory nerves through the skin using adhesive electrode pads. These small painless electrical currents stimulate the sensory nerves to release higher levels of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) to reduce the sensation of pain. Similarly, at a higher frequency, they also control the gate mechanism in the spinal cord to block pain signals from reaching the brain. The blocking of the pain signals would then result in temporary pain relief. Furthermore, this falls under the Pain Gate Control Theory of Pain Management.
On the other hand, EMS electrotherapy uses a similar electronic stimulator device that uses adhesive electrode pads to send tiny electrical impulses from the machine into the body. However, the main difference is that it targets vital muscle groups instead of the nerves. Moreover, it aims to cause muscle contractions and relaxation (similar to exercising) for a variety of benefits.
There are also other types of electrotherapy techniques that use an electronic stimulator device. If TENS and EMS are not for you, you may consult with your doctor or physical therapist regarding these alternatives:
- Electrical Stimulation for Tissue Repair (ESTR)
- Interferential Current (IFC)
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
- Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
The iTENS Wireless Electronic Stimulator at iTENS Australia
Now that we know how the concept of electrotherapy works, we can introduce to you the one and only iTENS wireless electronic stimulator. The iTENS unit is a 100% wireless TENS machine that uses Bluetooth connectivity to deliver electrical impulses to the nerves efficiently and comfortably. A regular TENS machine comes with wires attached to its electrodes. Having to deal with wires can be cumbersome on top of already dealing with pain conditions. With iTENS Australia, the days of wired and bulky electrical stimulation machines are in the past.
The unit includes interchangeable wing-like electrodes with hypoallergenic gel pads. Simply place the gel pads around the area of pain and turn on the device. You may operate the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator directly through the device itself for manual customisation. Alternatively, you can also make use of the iTENS smartphone app. A seamless Bluetooth connection can activate the unit and provide straightforward instructions. You can select from a variety of pre-set settings for your needed treatment from the app menu. This feature provides optimal self-treatment even for users with limited TENS or EMS therapy experience.
In addition, due to the innovative slim wing-like design of iTENS adhesive electrode pads, they can easily fit discreetly under the clothes. Thus, it makes them highly portable. The iTENS wireless electronic stimulator is thin, lightweight, comfortable, compact and discreet. Furthermore, you can be able to conduct effective electrotherapy even while at home, doing chores, exercising or just out and about/ on the go.
What Can It Treat?
People with acute (short term) or chronic (long term) pain use the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator to relieve various pain symptoms, conditions or disorders. TENS therapy with the iTENS wireless unit can ease pain in the back, arms, legs, feet, and shoulders. Additionally, it can also reduce pain from:
- frozen shoulder
Alternatively, EMS therapy with the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator can reinnervate muscle fibres, repair tissues and improve blood circulation to facilitate faster recovery. Moreover, it can:
- prevent muscle atrophy
- reduce muscle spasms and cramps
- minimise inflammation
- speed up muscle healing
- stimulate the muscle for regrowth and building
- prevent venous thrombosis
Unlike other more traditional pain relief techniques, electrotherapy is safe, non-invasive, and 100% drug-free. An electronic stimulator like the iTENS wireless unit does not have the adverse side effects that oral analgesics usually have. It is safe to use the device many times a day. You may also administer pain treatment while at work or doing other physical activities. However, it is advised to take 20-minute breaks in between electrotherapy sessions.
In addition, certain situations are not advisable for conducting electrotherapy treatments. In particular, avoid using an electronic stimulator device while driving, working heavy machinery or near a body of water. Also, avoid placing the adhesive electrode pads on the temples or head, throat, or open wounds to prevent further injuries. Furthermore, TENS is not advisable for pregnant women, cancer and epileptic patients, or people with pacemakers. For everything else, the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator is the mode of choice.
Where to Get the iTENS Wireless Unit?
You may purchase the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator online thru the iTENS Australia website with shipping nationwide. An iTENS Pain Relief Kit includes:
- 1 x Interchangeable Gen 2 iTENS Device (the white round part), which is the rechargeable battery and the Bluetooth receiver
- Small or Large (depending on the kit selected) G2 Wings with laser printed silver conductive surface (14.0cm x 4.4cm)
- One set of reusable and replaceable gel pads (15 – 20 applications)
- A charging dock with a USB charging cable
- The iTENS Quick start guide manual
- A sealable bag to store the electrode wings and gel pads when not in use
Furthermore, iTENS Australia also offers various accessories for the iTENS wireless electronic stimulator, such as low-cost replacement gel pads (available in sets of three). Also, there is a selection of interchangeable spare wings for even more flexibility and more variety of available treatments. These are:
- Large Spare Wing – ideal for large areas like the back, shoulder and thighs
- Small Spare Wing – ideal for smaller treatment areas such as the ankle, knee, elbow and wrist
- Long Strip Spare Wing – ideal for long length coverage areas that radiate downwards (highly effective for sciatica)