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What is a digital EMS/TENS unit and what can it do?
Digital EMS/TENS units fall into the electrostimulation device category. They provide three basic functions suitable for combined operation:
1. Electrical stimulation of nerve tracts (TENS)
2. Electrical stimulation of muscle tissue (EMS)
3. A massage effect triggered by electrical signals
The unit also features two independent stimulation channels and four self-adhesive electrodes. It offers a wide range of functions for increasing general well-being, pain relief, maintaining physical fitness, relaxation, muscle revitalisation and combating tiredness. For these purposes, you can either choose from pre-set programs or specify your own to suit your individual needs.
The principle of electrostimulation devices is based on the imitation of impulses in our bodies that are transferred to nerve and muscle fibres using electrodes via our skin. The electrodes can be applied to many parts of the body; the electrical impulses are completely harmless and virtually painless. In certain applications you will merely notice a slight tingling or vibrating sensation. The electrical impulses that are sent into the tissue influence the transmission of stimulation into nerves, nerve centres and muscle groups in the application area.
Electrostimulation usually only has an effect after regular applications. With regard to muscles, electrostimulation does not replace regular training. However, it is a sensible, supplementary training element.
TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, relates to the electrical stimulation of the nerves via the skin. TENS is an effective non-pharmacological method of treating different types of pain that have a variety of causes. It has no side-effects if administered correctly. The method has been clinically tested and approved and can be used for simple self-treatment. The
Pain-relieving or pain-suppressing effect is achieved by inhibiting the transference of pain to nerve fibres (caused mainly by high- frequency impulses) and by increasing the secretion of endorphins in the body. Their effect on the central nervous system reduces the sensation of pain. The method is scientifically substantiated and approved as a form of medical treatment.
Any symptoms that could be relieved using TENS must be checked by your GP. Your doctor will also give you instructions on how to carry out a TENS self-treatment regime.
TENS is clinically tested and approved to treat the following complaints:
• Back pain, particularly in the lumbar/cervical spine area • Sore joints (e.g. knee, hip and shoulder joints)
• Menstrual cramps in women
• Pain resulting from injury to the musculoskeletal system • Pain caused by circulatory disorders
• Chronic pain with various causes.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a widespread and generally recognised method and has been used in sports medicine and rehabilitation for years. In sports and fitness, EMS is used
to complement conventional muscle training, to increase the performance of muscle groups and to adjust physical proportions to achieve the desired aesthetic results. There are two different types of EMS application: one is for targeted strengthening of the muscles (activating application), and the other is to achieve a relaxing, restful effect (relaxing application).
The activating application involves:
• Muscle training to increase endurance and/or
• Muscle training to support the strengthening of specific muscles
or muscle groups, and to achieve the desired changes to physical proportions
The relaxing application involves:
• Muscle relaxation for easing muscle tension • Improving symptoms of muscular fatigue
• Acceleration of muscle regeneration after high muscle performance (e.g. after a marathon)
Thanks to integrated massage technology, digital EMS/TENS units are also able to relieve muscle tension and combat fatigue with a program based on the sensation and effects of a real massage.
The positioning suggestions and program tables in these instructions for use allow you to quickly and simply determine the corresponding application (depending on the affected area of the body) and set the unit to achieve the desired effects.
Thanks to the two separately adjustable channels, the digital EMS/ TENS unit offers you the advantage of being able to set the intensity of the impulses independently from each other for two treatment areas on the body, for example to cover both sides of your body or to evenly stimulate larger areas of tissue. The option to individually set the intensity of each channel also enables you to treat two separate areas of the body simultaneously instead of having to treat the individual areas in turn, which saves you time.
The digital EMS/TENS unit features a total of over 70 programs:
• 15 TENS programs
• 35 EMS programs
• 20 MASSAGE programs
In all programs you can set the impulse intensity of both channels individually.
You can also set various parameters in the TENS programs 13 – 15 and the EMS programs 33 – 35 to adjust the stimulating effect to the application area.