Elpha II 3000
is ideal both
as a continence stimulator and as a general purpose muscle stimulator and
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.
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.
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 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 3000 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.
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 100mA.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
modulation: ± 25%
modulation: ± 25%
/ 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.
bi-phase with discharge
VPP open circuit
mA constant current at 1 kOhm load
charge per pulse
level ±5%, Frequency
±2%, Pulse width ±5%
to 95 minutes, and continuous
time and energy
alkaline or rechargeable
40 hours (alkaline) using programmes: P1, 30 mA and P3, 30 mA (default
g with battery
x 60 x 31 mm (4.5 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)
power supply, type BF, continuous use
to 70°C ambient temperature, 10-100% relative humidity, 500-1060 hPa
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 is replaced by the Elpha II 3000.
II 3000 BROCHURE (PDF)
LIST - PRODUCTS FOR HOME USE
LIST - GENERAL
- Customer Service Toll