Electrotherapy encompasses a variety of products that use electrical stimulation for treatment of injuries and pain. Ranging from deep brain stimulators for neurological disease to EMS Muscle Stimulators and TENS Units, electrotherapy treatment is widely used by doctors, therapists, athletes, trainers, and coaches. Originally developed in 1855 by Guillaume Duchenne, who discovered that alternating current was much more effective than direct current for triggering therapeutic muscle contractions, electrotherapy has been widely researched by scientists around the world to fully explore the benefits of its use.
What is electrotherapy? Electrotherapy is the application of an electrical current to the body for medical purposes, such as recovery from injuries and pain management. Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EMS, uses electrical impulse to cause muscles to contract. This type of electrotherapy is widely used to prevent muscle atrophy that can occur when a muscle has not been used for an extended period of time. Therapists and trainers also use electrical muscle stimulation to increase or maintain range of motion, relax muscles spasms, and for muscle re-education. Electrical muscle stimulation is also used for post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis. Because the impulses that cause muscles to contract are used to build muscle, some devices such as the Slendertone Flex Ab Belt are available to target specific muscles in the abdomen to further tone and define them.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, is a type of electrotherapy that uses electrical current applied to the skin for pain control. TENS electrotherapy is a non-invasive form of nerve stimulation designed to reduce both acute and chronic pain. Scientific studies show that both high and low frequency TENS therapy stimulate different types of nerves in the body, and essentially block the pain. TENS electrotherapy is used to alleviate pain due to nerve damage as well as knee pain, back pain, and bladder stone removal.
Electrotherapy treatment was originally used in doctor"s offices only when it was first applied for medical purposes, but due to high demand for EMS and TENS treatment, a variety of the machines are available for home use. TENS units and EMS Muscle Stimulators are available in a wide variety of styles with pre-defined treatment programs to guide the user. Before starting any electrotherapy treatment regimen, it is best to check with a doctor to determine if what type of electrotherapy is ideal for the specific problem, if any side effects may eliminate the possibility of using electrotherapy, and how to use it. Specific placement of the TENS and EMS electrodes is key for them to be effective and to not cause any harm.
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The Mettler Electronics Pin to Banana Adapter Plugs are designed for use with the Mettler electrode cords and adapter plugs. They simply plug into the cable to connect electrodes and applicators to the Mettler stimulators and sonicators. The Mettler Electronics Pin to Banana Adapter Plugs are available in quantities of four. Buy the Mettler Electronics Pin to Banana Adapter Plugs from ActiveForever today!Learn More
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The Mettler Sonigel Clear Ultrasonic Couplant Gel is designed for use the Mettler Sonicator Ultrasound Models. Clear and colorless, this nearly bubbly-free gel is salt and alcohol free, and is great for either therapeutic or diagnostic ultrasound procedures. The non-corrosive gel applies directly to the applicators and is available in two convenient sizes; either an economic five liter container complete with its own pour-off bottle or a separate "bottoms-up" tube. Buy the Mettler Sonigel Clear Ultrasonic Couplant Gel from ActiveForever today!Learn More
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The Mettler Sys*Stim 208 is a low-volt stimulator designed specifically for neuromuscular therapy. Available with either one or two channels, both stimulators features Surge, Pulse and Tetanize modes, while the Sys*stem 208A includes an additional Reciprocation mode. Other features include the easy to use knobs that control stimulation intensity and frequency as well as the digital timer and a remote patient cut-off switch. Small and portable, this stimulator has a clinical appearance that's ideal for any medical office; buy the Mettler Sys*Stim 208 Low Volt Stimulator today from ActiveForever.com!Learn More
The Mettler Sys*Stim 208 Patient Safety Switch is an accessory designed specifically to ensure safety when using the stimulator unit. This switch is compatible with Mettler Sys*Stim 208 and 208A models. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim 208 Patient Safety Switch today from ActiveForever!Learn More
The Mettler Sys*Stim 216 4-Lead Patient Cable is a special four lead cable. This cable is easy to use and specifically designed to be compatible with the Mettler Sys*Stim 216 unit. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim 216 4-Lead Patient Cable today from ActiveForever.com!Learn More
The Mettler Sys*Stim 294 4-Channel Neuromuscular Stimulator provides users with six stimulation waveforms. These waveforms include Interferential, Premodulated, Medium Frequency, Biphasic, High Volt and Microcurrent. With up to four different treatment protocols that can be run simultaneously users are provided with maximum treatment flexibility. Lightweight and portable, the Mettler Sys*Stim 294 has soft-touch control knobs that allows a clinician to easily adjust the stimulation intensity. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim 294 4-Channel Neuromuscular Stimulator today from ActiveForever!Learn More
The Mettler Sys*Stim Single Channel Cable Adapter Set is designed to function with the Mettler Sys* Stim 206 and 207. The set includes the plug adapter for Sys* Stim models and one international cable for a quick and easy connection. Buy the Mettler Sys*Stim Single Channel Cable Adapter Set from ActiveForever today!Learn More
The Mettler TENS 210 Lead Wires are great for replacing your broken or worn down lead wires on your TENS 210 unit. To use, simply insert the pin or banana connector all the way into the electrode and then power the unit on. Buy your Mettler TENS 210 Lead Wires from ActiveForever.com today!Learn More
The Mettler Sonicator Plus 994 4-Channel Combination Therapy Device is a versatile medical unit designed to provide patients with a combined ultrasound and muscle stimulation therapy. Ideal for use on either single or multiple patients, the Sonicator Plus 994 allows up to five different treatment protocols to be set up simultaneously using different timers.Learn More
The Mettler Sonicator Plus 992 2-Channel Combination Therapy Device is a microprocessor-controlled unit that combines ultrasound therapy with muscle stimulation. This lightweight unit provides patients with six treatment waveforms that include Interferential, Premodulated, Medium Frequency, Biphasic, High Volt and Microcurrent. Clinicians can use the Sonicator Plus 992 to have three different treatment protocols running simultaneously while using three separate timers. Buy the Mettler Sonicator Plus 992 2-Channel Combination Therapy Device today from ActiveForever!Learn More
The Mettler High Voltage Probe is designed specifically for use with the Mettler Sonicator Plus 940 that is sold separately. Included is one high voltage probe and instructions for safe use. Buy the Mettler Sonicator Plus 940 High Voltage Probe today from ActiveForever.com!Learn More