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Electric Muscle Stimulators Effectiveness
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Muscle fibers forming pacemaker are less striated than other muscle fibers..But does it help the pacemaker conduct impulse faster, how?
Alpha - Stim: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation - doesn't work on 100% of people. I currently use this with a # of my patients. It helps the majority. I test the patient with CES first. If it isn't making a difference - we don't use it. The patients who find it effective really love it. Yes it can help. Take care. ...Read more
Electric muscle stim: First of all are you using it on your own or are you going to a physical therapy place or a physical medicine doctor for this? If you use it under the supervision of a healthcare provider, it should be okay. Too much is not good and if used on your own, it could be harmful, so please check with a doctor. ...Read more
Build muscle: Dr.Kots was able to show, using a tensiometric device, that the muscle tension produced in a maximal ems contraction can be up to 30% higher than a maximal voluntary contraction. This finding was corroborated by independent studies and makes intuitive sense, given the nature of the body's energy conservation system. This paper was published 1973 in montreal concordia univ by dr.Kots of ussr. ...Read more
How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?
Usually no effect.: The lightning strike (even as a bystander - it travels through the soil & can pop up at distances far from the original strike) can have deleterious effects on your heart (causing arrhythmia) or brain (causing unconsciousness) but these are just as likely with or without an implanted device. All electronic implants have a floating ground, which means they cannot short out because of an external ch ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk vs benefits: Infection is the #1 risk which is less than 4% per 2004 study in journal neurosurgery spine. Less common risks include bleeding, nerve irritation/damage, allergic reaction, hardware malfunction, pain at implant site, dysesthesias, and spinal headache. The risks are fairly low in the hands of an experienced physician, and the benefits can be great. Talk to your doc about details. ...Read more
Can overuse of tens therapy unit reduce or eliminate effectiveness of tens or cause nerve damage that feeling of tens sensation is eliminated?
No: TNS units use micro electric current to block,pain because you have the option of changing output, skin could be burned or damaged by high output. Pad size plays a role, with smaller pads concentrating the force. The benefits are not affected by repeated use, but misuse can lead to injury. ...Read more
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