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What is High Frequency Electrical Stimulation? Print E-mail

What is High Frequency electrical stimulation?


    The term "high frequency" gets bantered around in medical circles indiscrimately.  If one reads that a "bone healing machine" or a "wound healing machine" or one can "repair tissue and get back to competitive sports" if they use a certain high frequency machine for sports rehab. acceleration of healing, then what are they saying?

     There is no doubt that estim, electrotherapy, can accomplish the above results however it's not certain any form of "high frequency" is what is causing the changes.   Basically in electrotherapy we have a core definition of how our body, specifically nerves, respond to pulses of electricity.   We get lost when we venture too far astray from nerves and guesstimate effects on the cellular level.   Frequency is nothing but "how many times per second is this tens machine, interferential machine, Russian stim machine, pulsed galvanic machine, or muscle stimulator going off and on.   It's nothing more than that. 

     With electrotherapy and nerves the following applies:

1.  C fibers, pain fibers/nerves, respond to 1 - 5 times per second for a machine to go off and on;

2. Motor fibers, muscle nerves, respond to 1 - 38:

3. Sensory fibers, feel something other than pain, 1 - 80.

    Due to physical and chemical restraints a machine going off and on more than that has very little, if any effect on those nerves.  However the use of "high frequency" generally refers to a machine going off and on from 1,000 - 20,000 times per second so what gives?

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We May Help You Financially With Payments Print E-mail


We Can Assist Purchase Of Infrex Plus If You Can't Afford


     If you are unable to afford the cost of the Infrex we have the following options.   Often you may encounter:

1.  No insurance coverage

2.  Very high deductibles not met

3.  Purchasing for friend or relative out of pocket.

     We offer the following options to help you obtain the Infrex Plus -

1.  Put a $300 security deposit on the Infrex - credit cards accepted, or submit payment

2.  Pay a monthly fee to MedFaxx in the $25 - $100 range depending on your financial situation - you choose and can adjust payments monthly if necessary


   We will ship you the Infrex upon payment of the security deposit for your free trial.  If the Infrex is kept then a payment plan will begin.  If not your security deposit will be refunded to your credit card, minus the $19.00 cost for the electrodes that were supplied for the trial, upon our receipt of the Infrex Plus back.

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Can Sciatica Pain Be Cured Without Medications? Print E-mail

Can Sciatica Pain Be Cured?


    Sciatica affects so many people and help is elusive.   Patients suffering from sciatic pain often reject the constant use of pain medications simply due to the effects of not being totally functional and being alert.   When only medications are offered as a "cure" the patient often chooses to endure the pain rather than take the meds.  In patient parlance the stopping of meds, the return of sciatica pain, is not a "cure".

   Of course if there is a physical issue such as impinged nerve, slipped lumbar disc, or degenerative disc then one needs to remove the cause of the radiating sciatic pain.   Remove the cause and the pain is gone.   That is a cure.

   However in many situations the sciatica is simply too much stress on the leg with the pain radiating.  The cause of the pain is the poor posture, often occurring due to some form of back pain, and the patient has accommodated the back pain by altering their gait.  Very small shifts of weight, slight angle change of the SI joint, greatly affect stress to the legs.   That additional stress, going on for long time periods, actually causes the sciatic leg pain.

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What Makes Electricity Heal Bones Faster? Print E-mail



      Bone Growth Stimulators - Is it a wave form or polarity?


     For decades forms of electricity have been applied to the body to make the body heal itself.  Originally the use of electrotherapy was to correct a situation where the body was not healing itself.   One of the first uses for tissue healing was to use what was then called "high voltage" current, applied to non healing wounds or decubitus ulcers.   Wound specialists would apply two electrodes around a wound, or in some situations one electrode in the wound and one out, and turn the unit on for approximately 20 minutes 3x week to get the wound healed.   The claim was the form of electrical current known as "dual peaked spike wave" was the effective form of current.   The high voltage unit did as expected and bed sores started healing when there was sufficient nutrition for the body to heal. 

    Later the simple device called a "tens machine" also helped heal bedsores.   The tens machine had a current, or wave form, known as "biphasic square with a net 0 DC effect".   Not easy to understand is it?  Literally there are Billions of potential wave form varieties and the "game" was on to claim some form of special knowledge that your machine did the "one and only" waveform that worked for the specific conditon of the patient.

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Does a Tens Machine Do More Than Control Pain? Print E-mail





    What's the big deal you ask?    Back in the late 70's, early 80's there was a movement in the U.S.  to use tens machines post operatively for pain control.  The most noticeable effect was on patients who had abdominal surgeries, thoractomies, and any procedure where there was a loss of muscle tone in the abdominal area.    The mantra was the use of a tens machine immediately after surgery and,  the incision was sewn,  would help:

1.  reduce pain,

2. decrease need for pain meds,

3. decrease time before rehabilitation exercises like range of motions could resume,

4. reduce pain from bloating, gas.

    There were several problems in trying to get a program started in hospitals.  

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