What is the difference between a TENS unit and a interferential unit?
The biggest difference between a Tens treatment and an interferential treatment is the carryover pain relief period. With TENS the pain often comes back shortly after the pain machine is turned off. With interferential therapy the pain is gone and stays away for longer periods of time.
What is a IFC unit?
Interferential stimulation therapy, or IFC, uses electrodes with high- and medium-frequency that alternate currents to deeply penetrate tissue. This treatment uses a much higher frequency than other electrical stimulation therapies like TENS.
What does IFC stand for in physio?
Interferential Current (IFC) is a physical modality that is typically used to help relieve pain over a specific area of the body. The IFC machine produces an electrical current that stimulates the nervous system to interrupt the pain signals felt by the brain.
Is interferential current A TENS?
IFC therapy can deliver higher currents than TENS can. IFC can use 2, 4, or 6 applicators, arranged in either the same plane, for use on such regions as the back, or in different planes in complex regions (eg, the shoulder).
Does a TENS unit help inflammation?
Thankfully the TENS unit can help with Inflammation as well. Numerous studies have discovered that the electric impulses can reduce inflammation located deep within the muscle fibers.
How long should you use a TENS unit at a time?
The machine should be used for at least 45 minutes but can be used for up to 12 hours before the electrodes need to be cleaned and re-sited. When you have finished using the machine for the day, carefully remove the pads from the skin and clean the skin with ordinary soap and water.
What does IFC feel like?
It may sound intimidating, but IFC is safe and effective, and patients report it causes less discomfort than other forms of electrical stimulation, describing the feeling as a tingling or “pins and needles” sensation.
Why is IFC better than TENS?
TENS delivers low-frequency current across the surface of the skin, while IFC delivers a higher frequency current that penetrates deeper into the tissue with less discomfort.
What’s the difference between tens and IFC pain treatment?
Both are palliative treatments that utilize electric currents for long-term intractable pain and post-operative and post-traumatic periods of acute pain. The two procedures were proven harmless and effective substitutes to pharmacologic treatments to control pain. Equally, they have a minimal side effect to patients and are non-addictive.
How does the IFC device work on the body?
The IFC device then transfuses electrical impulses through the electrodes’ placed on the skin into the body which stimulates the nerves and underlying tissue. These electrical impulses do not harm or pain. Patients often describe the IFC stimulation feeling like a slight prickle on the skin.
What do you need to know about TENS machines?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS machines are designed for pain relief, they are not designed for sexual stimulation or pleasure.
What is the difference between tens and e-stim?
What is the difference between TENS and E-Stim? Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS machines are designed for pain relief, they are not designed for sexual stimulation or pleasure.