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TENS, IFC and EMS – What’s the Difference?

Here at StressNoMore, we are often asked about the differences between TENS, IFC and EMS electrotherapy units. We have compiled the essential information to differentiate between the three forms of therapy and choose the best device for you:

TENS, Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation: TENS stimulation is characterised by its biphasic current (two phases of wave form). This is through selectable parameters such as pulse width (µS) and pulse rate (Hz). It can use both high and low frequency. TENS stimulates sensory nerves to block pain signals reaching the brain and naturally increase endorphin production.

TENS is generally used to relieve pain, particularly for medical conditions and sport injuries.

Common uses: Chronic and acute pain, arthritis, RSD, back and cervical muscular and disc syndromes, shoulder syndromes, neuropathies, and many other painful conditions.

 

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Kegel8

Mother Nurture

 

7 Pre-Set EMS

+ 1 Labour TENS Pain Relief

New Mums, Labour Pain, Pre-Conception, Pelvic Floor Strengthening

NeuroTrac

Sports

 

15 Pre-set + 3 Custom

EMS and TENS Programmes

Muscle Rehabilitation, Warm Up, Muscle Toning

NeuroTrac

Rehab

 

16 Pre-set + 3 Custom

EMS and TENS Programmes

Foot Drop, Sports Injuries, Muscle Strength, Stroke, Preventing Disuse Atrophy, Incontinence, Oedema

NeuroTrac

TENS

 

12 Pre-set + 2 Custom

TENS Programmes

Pain Relief

Beurer EM10 Body

TENS Mini Pad

 

1 Twenty Minute Programme with 15 Intensity Levels

TENS Programmes

Pain Relief on the go

 

IFC, Interferential Current Stimulation: This type of stimulation is characterised by alternating two medium frequency electrical pulses, with paired electrodes, that work together to penetrate deep muscle fibres. These frequencies block pain signals at the spinal cord. IFC Stimulation helps to reduce swelling and increase blood flow to the area to naturally promote healing and repair.

Interferential Current Stimulation is different from TENS because it allows a deeper penetration of the tissue, with more comfort and increased circulation.

Common uses: Pre and post-orthopaedic surgery, cumulative trauma disorders, joint injury syndrome, increasing circulation and pain control of various origins.

 

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NeuroTrac

IFC Rehab

 

11 Pre-set IFC + 2 Custom

12 Pre-set TENS + 1 Custom

15 Pre-set EMS + 2 Custom

Localised Pain Relief, Long-Term Pain Relief, Recovery From Injury, Rehabilitation, Strengthen Muscles

 

EMS, Electronic Muscle Stimulation: Also known as Neuromuscular Stimulation Therapy, (NMS or NMES, Neuromuscular Electronic Stimulation), this type of stimulation is characterized by a low volt stimulation of motor nerves to cause a muscle contraction. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a type of EMS, and helps to create movement in muscles for people with neuromuscular disorders. Contraction and relaxation of muscles has been found to effectively treat a variety of vascular and musculoskeletal conditions. EMS has the potential to strengthen healthy muscle and rehabilitate damaged muscle fibres. It is a top choice for athletes.

EMS differs from TENS in that it is designed to stimulate muscle motor nerves for movement and strengthening, while TENS is designed to stimulate sensory nerve endings to help decrease pain.

Common uses: Prevent or delay disuse atrophy, strengthening programs, re-educate muscles, post Op orthopaedic surgery, joint replacement, gait training, shoulder subluxation and reduction of muscle spasms.

 

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XFT-2001 FES

Foot Drop System

  1 Dedicated Foot Drop Programme

Foot Drop Caused By Stroke, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Motor Neurone Disease etc.

NeuroTrac

Sports

 

15 Pre-set + 3 Custom

EMS and TENS Programmes

Muscle Rehabilitation, Warm Up, Muscle Toning

NeuroTrac

Sports XL

 

21 Pre-set + 3 Custom

EMS and TENS Programmes

Muscle Rehabilitation, Warm Up, Muscle Toning, Professional Sports Men & Women & Physiotherapists

Kegel8 Ultra 20   20 Pre-set EMS + 3 Custom

Incontinence, Prolapse, Pain Relief, Weak Pelvic Floor, New Mums, Intimate Sensation

NeuroTrac

MyoPlus 4

 

49 Pre-set + 2 Custom

EMS and EMG Biofeedback

Muscle Rehabilitation, Sports Training, Pelvic Floor Recovery
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