Electrical Muscle Stimulator Comparisons

Pain Relief Essentials recommends the Rhythm Touch 2 Way Electrical Muscle Stimulator for use in deep muscle and tissue pain relief. With the longest history of use and with many thousands of customers who have found reduction relief from their pain through the use of this particular machine, we have found most of our users prefer this brand.

Electrical Muscle Stimulator Comparisons – Differences in Stimulation

Every electrical current provides a different end result and our body responds to each current in different way.

T.E.N.S., or Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulators, are designed to block pain signals from getting to the brain. They do this by sending several hundred electrical messages along the nerve fiber at the same time. The high number of messages confuses the brain and allow for the painful area to go unrecognized. After long periods of use the brain has the ability to sift through the many messages and recognize the area of pain in the body once more. You can see why a tens unit stops being effective after periods of use.

Russian T.E.N.S. – Russia T.E.N.S. devices were originally developed by the Russian Olympic team for muscle mass enhancement. The high frequency and deep contraction allow for muscle mass enhancement. Russian T.E.N.S. devices are currently not available without a prescription.

E.M.S. Electrical Muscle Stimulation, a generic term encompassing all types of electrical current units.

Ab Belts: The currently marketed ab belts all use a low frequency current – the only type current legally available without a prescription. Although these ab belts do not use the higher, more complete muscle contraction of the Russian T.E.N.S., they do a good job of contracting the muscle for a low level workout.

Low Frequency E.M.S. Devices of this type are designed to stimulate the muscle, increasing circulation, restoring electrical balance, and reviving the muscle. The lower frequency isn’t meant to allow for blocking pain or muscle growth. The best-designed low frequency E.M.S. units come as close to the muscle’s natural frequency as possible and will increase the circulation for long periods of time after use.

Low frequency muscle stimulation does not contract the muscle as completely as a Russian T.E.N.S., but will still bring the muscle to the surface for better appearance.
The body responds very favorably to the low frequency. Your nerves will recognize the low frequency current as friendly and will bring circulation and healing to an area.

Deciding Which Type of Electrical Muscle Stimulator is For You

For general use, low frequency devices are much more user friendly. Specific placement of the pads (electrodes) helps the specific body part respond quicker to the current. Because of their low frequency and higher safety, a few devices including the Rhythm Touch are approved for sale without a prescription by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Please read our comparison pages to learn how different electrical muscle stimulators relate to the Rhythm Touch 2 Way.

Electrical Muscle Stimulator Comparisons

Rhythm
Touch Q
TENS Besmed Rhythm
3000
DR-HO’S®
4-Pads Massager

Ease of Use

Very Easy Moderate* Hard Moderate Easy

Comfort Level

Gentle Massage Variable***

Harmful?

No Possible** Unknown No No

Service

United States Variable Unavailable Unavailable Canada

Product History

26 years 40 years N/A 4 years Aprox. 6 years

Frequency

Low High Low Low Low

Voltage

3 9 4.5 3 3

Attachments

Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Supplies

Standard Standard Standard Standard Proprietary

Availability

Yes No Limited Limited

Prescription
Required?

No + Yes Yes Yes Not available
in USA

*most TENS units come with the suggestion that a technician train you in their use.

**TENS units are very powerful and may cause some harm or discomfort with untrained usage

***TENS units use a high frequency current that sends several messages throughout the body which “scatters” the nerve impulses to the brain. This effectively blocks pain messages coming from a specific area. Once removed the effectiveness is gone. If recommended by a doctor, a TENS unit should be used under their supervision for specific temporary medical conditions.

+ The Rhythm Touch is approved for non-prescription sale by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Product comparisons are based on user feedback and personal experience and testing.

T.E.N.S.

(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators) generally work to block pain by sending “High frequency” continuous electrical pulses through the skin. This effectively blocks the pain signal to the brain from that area of the body.

Rhythm Touch 2 Way

electrical muscle stimulators use “Low frequency” mild electrical pulses through the skin using the same type of electrodes, but rather than blocking the pain signals to the brain the low frequency signals cause the body to release beta endorphins… the body’s own natural pain reliever!