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Bell's Palsy can be not only devastating with the physical symptoms, but also psychologically, especially where it occurs in the face. It's hard to remember, when one can not close an eye or stop slobbering due to inability to close the mouth, that it is truly a virus and for most people it's all about time. Time to run it's course and the virus disappears or goes latent. An FES unit can help.....
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The moist heat pack will increase blood flow to the area being treated. The increased blood is a good conductor of electricity so the pleasant sensation of the stimulation is felt over a greater area because there is more fluid for the electricity to travel. Better electrical penetration enhances the potential of greater sensory nerve input thus a quicker, longer lasting relief period. Moist heat by itself provides for most people some form of temporary relief but the issue is the relief may be only as long as the heat is applied. Once the heating pack is removed then shortly thereafter the pain may return.
The patient can place the electrodes from the Infrex where they would normally go and put the heat pads over top or between the electrodes if doing a criss-cross pattern. Do a 30 minute interferential treatment with the Infrex and upon finishing then swith the Infrex to the tens mode, and wear if needed upon removal of the heat packs. For many patients the combination of heat and interferential is sufficient and tens is not necessary.
If you have additional questions on the how and why of this please call us. ...Bob Johnson 800-937-3993
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One popular question is what is meant by "carryover pain relief"? This is most often asked when one is deciding whether a tens unit or an interferential unit is the most appropriate treatment option.
There is a distinct difference between the two and the results for the patient
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Chronic pain sufferers find relief with a new twist on an ancient electric therapy.