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.

Electrical stimulation creates similar results as Kegel exercises for treating bladder problems: The pelvic floor muscle (PFM) contracts.  Furthermore the sensation of the electrical stimulation causes the cognitive brain function to recognize which muscle group to address.  The result of this sensation can be just as important as the contractions alone.  BIOMATION can supply the ELPHA II 3000 pre-programmed for the pelvic floor.

The PFM consists of both fast and slow twitch muscle fibers. The slow twitch postural muscles require a frequency of approximately 10 Hz, this is given for longer periods per treatment and is recommended for urge incontinence. The fast twitch muscles require frequencies of about 40 Hz and is recommended for stress incontinence.  Normally 15-30 minutes of treatment per day are used and 8-16 weeks of daily stimulation are often required to obtain a significant effect.

ELPHA II 3000

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.

New Technology

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.

Powerful Output

Tests performed 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.
The microprocessor controlled output delivers a powerful yet comfortable stimulation regardless of the mode selected.  The integrity of the waveform combined with the power of the unit provides quality contractions of even larger muscle groups with less than the available 100 mA.

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.

Muscle Stimulation

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.

TENS

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.

Burst

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.

Technical Specifications

 

Program Number

Output Current
Frequency
Pulse width
  Tens P1 0-60 mA 1-150 Hz 50-250 μsec
  Tens II P2 0-48 mA
modulation: ± 25%
1-150 Hz 70-200 μsec (average)
modulation: ± 25%
  Burst P3 0-60 mA 0.5-5.0 Hz 150-400 μsec
  Muscle 1 P4 0-100 mA 2-100 Hz 100-400 μsec
  Muscle 2 P5 0-100 mA 2-100 Hz 100-400 μsec
  Muscle 3 P6 0-100 mA 2-100 Hz 100-400 μsec
  On / Off Cycles in Muscle mode:  Time on: 2-20 sec, Time off: Min = Time on   Max = 20 sec, Rise Time: 0.5-2.0 sec. Fall Time: 0.5-2.0 sec.

  Number of channels   2 independent
  Pulse form   Asymmetrical bi-phase with discharge
  Max output voltage   300 VPP open circuit
  Max output current   100 mA constant current at 1 kOhm load
  Max. charge per pulse   40 μC
  Tolerance   Stimulation level ±5%, Frequency ±2%, Pulse width ±5%
  Timer    5 to 95 minutes, and continuous
  Compliance Monitor   Total time and energy
  Battery   9V alkaline or rechargeable
  Battery lifetime   Approx. 40 hours (alkaline) using programmes: P1, 30 ma and P3, 30 ma (default parameters)
  Weight   158 g with battery
  Dimensions   114 x 60 x 31 mm (4.5 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
  Classification   Internal power supply, type BF, continuous use
  Transport and storage   -40°C to 70°C ambient temperature, 10-100% relative humidity

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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