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TensCare FlexiStim Multitherapy

Product Code: SFBK-FLEXIM

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$366.10

  • A powerful and versatile multitherapy device, combining TENS, EMS, IFT and Microcurrent treatment into one single unit

  • To reduce inflammation, pain and to accelerate healing, can be used both in a professional environment and at home

  • 10 TENS programmes, 27 EMS programmes, 4 IFT Interferential Programmes, 4 Microcurrent Programmes and 6 user defined programmes

  • Allows you to save and recall a particular programme setting and has a Usage Timer to record the time it has been used

  • Rechargeable battery, with option of operation through external mains power adaptor

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Flexistim is a multitherapy unit that can be used both in a professional environment and at home to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, joint pain, sciatica, spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis, muscle strains and injuries and provides general pain relief without the need for drugs.

Electrical impulses are sent through self-adhesive electrode pads which are placed on the skin around the area of pain. The impulses work in different ways to combat aches, pains and strains to provide much needed relief when you need it most.

Flexistim multitherapy unit combines 4 different treatment modes to provide versatility and flexibility for users:

1. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) relieves pain by helping the body to release natural painkillers called endorphins and by blocking pain signals to the brain.

2. EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is a widely recognised method of treatment for pain relief and muscle rehabilitation, which works by producing intensive muscular contraction in order to react with specific nerves supplying a particular muscle group.

3. IFT (Interferential Therapy) delivers continuous stimulation deep into the tissue providing relief for deep seated pain and can reduce swelling and inflammation which can often be the source of the pain.

4. Micro-Current Stimulation provides a gentler form of muscle stimulation to accelerate the body’s own natural healing process.

Key Features:

  • 10 TENS programmes, 27 EMS programmes, 4 IFT Programmes, 4 Microcurrent Programmes and 6 user defined programmes enabling you to experiment and save your favourite settings.
  • Portable and lightweight with belt clip included for mobile use.
  • Clear, backlit LCD screen for ease of use.
  • Removable, rechargeable Li-ion battery for use on-the-go and external mains adaptor for extended use in IFT modes.
  • Flexistim automatically starts using the Programme last used and also has a Usage Timer which records the total time it has been used, and the number of uses.
  • Automatic Keypad Lock if no button is used for 10 seconds with settings on manually adjustable programmes which can also be locked.
  • Leads Fault Detector in TENS and EMS modes, where the output level goes immediately to zero in the event of an open circuit.
  • Switching charging adaptor with both UK and EU connections.

WARNING AND CAUTIONS

Contraindications:
1.    Do not use this device on patients who have a cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, or other implanted electronic devices, because this may cause electric shock, burns, electrical interference, or death.
2.    Do not use this device on patients whose pain syndromes are undiagnosed.

Warnings:
1.   Do not apply stimulation over the neck or mouth because this could cause severe muscle spasms resulting in closure of the airway, difficulty in breathing, or adverse effects on heart rhythm or blood pressure.
2.   Do not apply stimulation across the chest, because IFT currents penetrate deep into the tissue and the introduction of electrical current into the chest may cause rhythm disturbances to the patient’s heart, which could be lethal.
3.   Do not apply stimulation over the pregnant uterus.
4.   Do not apply stimulation, other than microcurrent, over open wounds or rashes, or over swollen, red, infected, or inflamed areas or skin eruptions (e.g. phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins).
5.   Do not apply stimulation over, or in proximity to, cancerous lesions.
6.   Do not apply stimulation in the presence of electronic monitoring equipment (e.g. cardiac monitors, ECG alarms), which may not operate properly when the electrical stimulation device is in use.
7.   Do not apply stimulation when in the bath or shower.
8.   Do not apply stimulation while driving, operating machinery, or during any activity in which electrical stimulation can put the patient at risk of injury.
9.   Consult with your physician before using this device, because the device may cause lethal rhythm disturbances to the heart in susceptible individuals.
10.  Apply stimulation only to normal, intact, clean, healthy skin.
11.  Using the device directly over metallic implants could cause the currents to focus over a small area, causing tissue burns. If you have metal implants, do not place the pads near, or across the implant, and adjust the intensity with care.

Precautions:
1.    Since the effects of stimulation of the brain are unknown, stimulation should not be applied across the head and electrodes should not be placed on opposite sides of the head, unless you are in Microcurrent mode.
2.    The safety of electrical stimulation during pregnancy has not been established.
3.    Some patients may experience skin irritation or hypersensitivity due to the electrical stimulation or electrical conductive medium (gel).
4.    Patients with suspected or diagnosed heart disease should follow precautions recommended by their physicians.
5.    Patients with suspected or diagnosed epilepsy should follow precautions recommended by their physicians.
6.    Use caution when the patient has a tendency to bleed internally, such as following an injury or fracture.
7.    Use caution following recent surgical procedures when stimulation may disrupt the patient’s healing process.
8.    Use caution if stimulation is applied over areas of skin with less than normal sensitivity.
9.    Keep this device out of the reach of children.

Adverse Reactions:
•     Patients may experience skin irritation and burns beneath the stimulation electrodes applied to the skin.
•     Patients may experience headache and other painful sensations during or following the application of electrical stimulation near the eyes and to the head and face.
•     Patients should stop using the device and should consult with their physicians if they experience adverse reactions from the device.

General Warnings:
1.   Do not immerse any part of the unit in water
2.   Do not place the unit close to excessive heat.
3.   Do not use any electrodes which are less than 50mm X 50mm.
4.   Use only the specified battery: 1x 3.7volt rechargeable lithium battery. The use of any other battery could damage the unit.
5.   Remove battery if unit is not used for a long period of time.
6.   Do not use the unit while asleep.
7.   Do not put the lead wire on, or wrapped around the neck.
8.   Use this device only with the leads, electrodes and accessories recommended by the manufacturer. Use of other parts materials supplied by the manufacturer can degrade minimum safety and invalidate the warranty.
9.   After inserting plugs into both CH1 and CH2 sockets, please do not remove the plugs when the unit is working. Ensure that the unit is switched OFF before removing the plugs.
10. Keep the unit away from sources of high magnetic fields such as TV’S, microwave ovens and hi-fi speakers, as these may affect the LCD screen.
11. Keep the device away from a fireplace or radiant heater, as the heat may affect the device.
12. Keep the device away from nebulizer or steam kettle, as the moisture may affect the device.
13. Keep the device away from sunlight, as long-term exposure to sunlight may affect the rubber causing it to become less elastic and crack.
14. Keep the device away from lint and dust, as long-term exposure to lint or dust may affect the sockets or cause the battery connector to develop a bad contact.
15. Temperature & Relative Humidity of storage: -20°C–+40°C, 8%--70% R.H.
16. Temperature & Relative Humidity of transportation: -20°C–+40°C, 8%--70% R.H.

How It Works ?

 

HOW “TENS” WORKS

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS stimulates your body’s own natural defences against pain.
TENS is totally safe, has been used successfully by thousands of pain sufferers.

TENS sends a gentle stimulation through the skin which works in TWO ways:-
Pain Gate
Stimulating the sensory nerves, which carry touch and temperature signals. These nerves go to the same connections in the spine as the nerves carrying pain. A strong sensory signal will block the pain signal travelling up the spine to the brain. This is known as closing the “Pain Gate” and takes effect quite quickly after the unit is switched on. You can use TENS several times a day, for as long as you like.

Endorphin Release
At low frequency settings, and slightly stronger output, TENS drives the motor nerves to produce a small repetitive muscle contraction. This is seen by the brain as exercise, and this promotes release of Endorphins – your body’s own natural pain killer. The relief builds up and normally takes about 40 minutes to reach a maximum level which can last for hours after the machine is switched off.

By using TENS you can expect to achieve a significant reduction in pain if not complete pain relief.

There is no one setting appropriate for a particular condition, and the most appropriate varies from one person to another, even if they have the same type of pain. Therefore, the selection of both the settings and the positioning of the pads should be performed on an individual basis. You may need to try a few positions/programmes before finding the one that suits you the best.

If you are using TENS for the first time, it is recommended that you start with programme A.
TENS can be used for as long as is necessary. Continuous treatment is fine, but electrode pads should be repositioned regularly (at least every 12 hours) to allow the skin to be exposed to the air.

The Endorphin Release modes work better when the strength is high enough to cause small muscle contractions. Best results are achieved at between 20 and 40 minutes.

HOW INTERFERENTIAL THERAPY WORKS

Flexistim produces a low frequency current treatment that uses two medium frequency currents, which “interfere” with each other to produce a beat frequency that the body recognizes as a low frequency energy source.

The rationale is to overcome the problems caused by low-frequency currents, while maintaining their claimed therapeutic effect. Unlike TENS, which delivers intermittent pulses to stimulate surface nerves and block the pain signal, Interferential Current Therapy delivers continuous stimulation deep into the affected tissue.

The actual stimulation is produced by crossing two alternating currents with medium frequencies simultaneously to a targeted body region. As a result, these two currents will superimpose to form a new low frequency current deep within the tissue.

MICROCURRENT ELECTRICAL THERAPY

The following information is derived from previously published literature and from clinical advice derived from practical experience. Unless other wise indicated they are not the results of controlled, peer-reviewed, research, and should be treated as general guidance only. TensCare can accept no responsibility for their clinical effectiveness.
Microcurrent Therapy should not be commenced before the cause of the problem has been properly diagnosed by a medical practitioner.

HOW IT WORKS
Microcurrent stimulation is a type of therapy in which very low current is sent into the cells of the body.
Microcurrent is a very faint current that is so small it is measured in millionths of an amp (Microamps). Human cells generate a current that is in the microamp range which is why you can’t feel it - the current is so low it doesn’t stimulate the sensory nerves. Microcurrent is a physiological electric modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of your body.
This dramatically increases the tissue’s healing rate. The immediate response to the correct microcurrent frequency suggests that other mechanisms are involved as well. The exact effects or changes in the tissue are unmistakable; scars will often suddenly soften; trigger points often become less painful within minutes when the “correct” frequency is applied. In many situations the changes seen seem to be long lasting and in many cases permanent.
Microcurrent has been shown to give very effective pain relief. In patient surveys over 90% of patients reported significant improvement.
The results of MET can be seen after only a minute or so of treatment in most people

Specification

The Flexistim kit contains: 

  • Flexistim Multitherapy Unit
  • 1 pack of 4, 50x50mm self-adhesive electrodes (CM5050)
  • 1 x removable, rechargeable BL-6F Li-ion battery (B-BL6F)
  • 1 x battery charging cradle (X-FLEX-CR)
  • Switching charging adaptor with 1 x UK (3 pin) and 1 x European (2 pin) mains adaptor plug (X-FLEXIPA)
  • 2 x lead wires (L-ST2)
  • 1 x instruction manual
  • 1 x storage and transport pouch

Unit Dimensions

  • 123mm x 61mm x 22mm (without the clip)
  • 160gm with battery

Expected Service Life

  • The machine will often last for more than 5 years, but warranty is for 2 years. Accessories (leads, pads, batteries etc) are not covered by the warranty
  • Lead life depends greatly on use. Always handle the leads with care.
  • Pads should last 12-20 applications, depending on skin condition and humidity.
  • BL-6F Rechargeable battery should last around one week (if used for 4 hours a day in modes excluding Interferential), or for around one hour continuous use in the Interferential modes..

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