Elpha II 3000 for Pelvic Floor Therapy
The Elpha II 3000 is ideal both as a continence stimulator and as a general purpose muscle stimulator and TENS unit.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor can be an effective therapy both for stress and urge incontinence. While stress incontinence is treated by short-term maximal stimulation, urge incontinence is usually treated by longer duration stimulation of lower intensity.
By using electrical stimulation it is easy to observe that the correct muscles are being re-educated as it is very obvious when the PFM contracts. Several clinical studies have shown that 60-80% become continent or improve significantly with no side effects.
The Elpha II 3000 works with vaginal or rectal probes and with surface electrodes that are placed over the perineum and sacrum. Replaces the previous ELPHA 2000 and ELPHA 1000 models.
The Elpha II 3000 is easy to program with a digital on-screen display. The unit delivers exact amounts of current as indicated by the display screen. The step by step display of the waveform on the screen guides the therapist through the set-up of muscle stimulation and pain management protocols. The Elpha II 3000 comes ready-to-use in a carrying case with lead wires, battery and electrodes. The lead wires are of the highest quality. Quality components complete the system. Full documentation in an easy-to-understand user's manual is also provided to make training an easy task.
under conditions simulating patient loads (real skin resistance is usually
up to 2,500 ohms) show the Elpha II 3000 to provide as much stimulation
current as other units provide at 500 ohm loads. In addition, the
Elpha II 3000 retains the therapeutic integrity of the waveform under
these extreme conditions.
Pulsed Galvanic Current
The unique current compensation process on the Elpha II 3000 provides the advantages of pulsed DC without the complications associated with the skin breakdown common with standard DC stimulators. The Elpha II 3000's modified monophasic waveform delivers constant pulsed DC current which is compensated by short-circuiting the system after each pulse, allowing the current to flow back into the device rather than accumulating in the tissue. This minimizes the ion build up that causes skin breakdown in standard galvanic units while providing the therapeutic value associated with pulsed DC current.
Neuro Muscular Stimulation (NMES) has traditionally been used to prevent disuse atrophy in patients unable to exercise their own muscles because of debilitating or traumatic injury. Muscle stimulation is also considered appropriate for reducing spasms, edema reduction and increasing blood flow.
Scientific literature indicates that the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) mode of the Elpha II 3000 provides relief from chronic pain when used as directed. Clinical studies indicate that the unit functions to interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain (Melzack and Wall's gate theory) or through the release of endogenous opiates (Endorphins) which are the body's own substances for pain relief.
Modulated Strength Duration
The combination of increasing and decreasing pulse duration combined with a simultaneous increase or decrease in the current (mA) make the modulated strength duration (SD) mode of the Elpha II 3000 highly effective in reducing pain in conditions affecting a variety of nerve types and sizes. The patient is able to provide a complex treatment protocol effortlessly by utilizing the Elpha II 3000's built in microprocessor and SD treatment protocol. A single setting of the mode selector allows the patient to begin treatment without assistance.
The Burst mode of the Elpha II 3000 provides stimulation at a comfortable medium frequency delivered in low frequency bursts. The low frequency burst is thought to facilitate the release of endorphins and to increase local circulation in the area of stimulation. Increased circulation may be beneficial in preventing or alleviating a variety of conditions resulting from a decrease or cessation of blood flow.
The Elpha II 3000 includes an energy timer, a repeat function and a parameter lock feature.
Note: The Elpha 2000 is no longer available, it has been replaced by the Elpha II 3000.
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