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This video gives the patient and clinician a general knowledge of what is necessary to determine where to put interferential or tens electrodes for treating pain. The video is an overview of the goals and reasoning behind electrode placement for most pain syndromes and can be used as a general guide to tens electrode placement.
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Video on the reasoning behind electrode placement for shoulder pain using tens or interferential mode with the Infrex combination unit. Interferential treatments require a larger sticky surface area due to the higher concentration ( current density) of interferential therapy.
The Infrex Plus has both a tens mode and an interferential mode however the tens electrodes are not sufficiently large for treating with interferential mode due to current density of the treatment. Bob explains what current density means and why it is important in this how to video for shoulder pain.
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Medfaxx video on how to overcome the complications of living with pain and it's associated secondary pain conditions, known as the "Layering of Pain". This is a treatment protocol to help patients eliminate secondary conditions first, example being sciatica, then return to the original cause of the secondary pain syndromes.
Many original chronic pain diagnosis result in secondary pain conditions. One of the most prominent diagnosis is chronic low back pain ( CLBP) which rediates over time to the condtion known as "sciatica" or sciatic nerve pain. This video explains how to treat pain using the layering technique. Often it is better for the patient to attack the secondary pain issues first using interferential or tens therapy (Infrex Plus) , coupled with heat/cold and topical pain products. All of this in addition to rehabilitation, when appropriate, including stretching, exercising, movement etc.for treating the layers of pain.
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For most patients who are given a tens, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, or an Infrex Plus combination interferential and tens unit, the biggest concern is where do I put the electrodes. Most patients would prefer a "cookbook" approach to the exact placement but due to the nature of pain one placement on day one may not be sufficient for pain control at a later day.
In this video Bob Johnson explains the logic behind Infrex and tens electrode placement for maximum pain relief. Without having to use a cookbook approach the logic behind why electrodes are placed where, and what outcome is expected is explained.
The video is not specific to any particular tens, interferential, pulsed galvanic, or microamperage unit but gives the general knowledge a professional would bring to explain how to place the electrodes for maximum pain relief.
Also can click here to see the tens electrode placement video:
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For many patients with impaired, or poor vision, a digital tens unit is not functional since the patient can not see the small screen so the analog tens unit is preferred. The analog tens unit involves only touching and turning the buttons versus pushing buttons and watching a screen to see how to change the different functions such as rate, width, power, modulation, burst modes etc. The small tens unit screen is not easy to see, nor for many, easy to understand the many symbols showing how to work the tens unit. The analog tens unit has at most 5 buttons and one lever switch which once set may be never used again or, if used, very infrequently.
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This is the most watched "how to" tens video on "how to use a tens unit", transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulator, on YouTube. This tns video teaches chronic pain patients, how to actually use a tens unit including instructions on what the various control features are and why they are used. In this specific it's the Digital 6000 Tens unit from MedFaxx however the tens video easily shows anyone how to use practically any generic tens unit. On internet search results this is the most viewed educatonal tens video.
The corresponding video to how to use Tens mode or Interferential mode on the Infrex Plus can be seen on this video, Using Tens Mode On The Infrex Plus unit.
How To Use A Tens Unit Video
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Pain machine, tens unit, tns machine, interferential therapy, whatever, how does a tens unit work? This short tens video details the way a tens unit reduces or eliminates pain. Pain is an impulse and whatever the mechanism is for moving the impulse from the area to the brain for perception is basically the same, no matter what the diagnosis is.
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An Educated Guess on How Interferential Therapy Provides Carryover Pain Relief
Since the introduction of the Infrex Plus combination Tens/Interferential unit, January 2009, we've been pleased to report that our experience has been patients can self treat as needed and go for longer and longer time periods, pain free. Those results from interferential treatment mode are what is called "carryover" or "residual" pain relief.
We think there are basically several biological reasons why we are seeing this occur -
- Ability to treat when pain present, and as often as needed, for as long as needed
- Prevention of reoccurrence of the "pain cycle" by self treatment options.