SportsMed is the world's smallest and most powerful, combination electrical stimulation device
With TENS for pain management, ECS for musculoskeletal repair and EMS for muscle strengthening - it sure packs a punch!
SportsMed intended purpose
Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) listing number #174871
SportsMed electrical stimulation may be applied to most parts of your musculoskeletal system, including your spine, joints, muscles and other soft tissues. It may be used to help with pain relief, soft tissue repair and rehabilitation of the following types of musculoskeletal injuries:
Bruising (contusion, haematoma)
Bursitis (inflammation of bursa)
Delayed onset muscle soreness
Fracture (with soft tissue damage)
Ligament sprain (over-stretch tear)
Muscle strain (tear)
Oedema (excess fluid, effusion)
Neuralgia (damaged nerve)
Painful stiffness (adhesive capsulitis)
Pinched nerve (nerve compression)
Tendonitis (inflammation of tendon)
Tendon strain (tear)
Tenosynovitis (peritendinitis, inflammation of the synovial sheath)
Modes of operation and electrode placement
RELIEVE - TENS at site of pain or same dermatome
RECOVER - ECS at site of injury
EXERCISE - EMS over muscle mass
Always use two pads to close the electrical circuit.
Pain relief - RELIEVE MODE
SportsMed offers sufferers of diagnosed injury a first option pain management therapy, using comfortable and effective frequencies of electrical nerve stimulation. Use the RELIEVE mode for a combination of pain gating effect and beta-endorphin release.
This mode can be used on demand - for as long and often as necessary.
Electrodes are placed over sensory nerves at the site of injury or on the same dermatome; muscles should not twitch or contract.
Injury repair - RELIEVE and RECOVER MODES
After diagnosis, an enhanced and more rapid healing process is brought about through the combined benefits of the RELIEVE and RECOVER modes to help achieve:
Release of pain and stress
Increased cellular activity; removal of excess fluid and waste material
Increased circulation of blood, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injury site
Adequate mobilization of muscles and joints, to prevent stiffness or scar tissue
Accelerated recovery from injury requires:
Frequent therapy applications - at least every day
Treatment duration times of up to one hour per day
Electrodes are placed at the site of the injury; a mild muscle contraction on RECOVER mode is acceptable; there must be no muscle contraction on RELIEVE mode.
Rehabilitation and strength - EXERCISE MODE
One of the best benefits of SportsMed is that it can be used to avert muscle atrophy, without additional pain or destabilization, while the body is resting an injured site.
Further re-strengthening of muscle is also important in rehabilitation and prevention of an injury recurrence. For example, strong leg muscles help to prevent injuries to the knees or ankles. EXERCISE may also be applied to major muscle groups as a means of:
Restrengthening wasted muscle
Correcting muscle imbalance
Re-educating muscles (for example, after a stroke)
Gaining muscle bulk and increased stamina
Therapy should not be applied for longer than the recommendations - see the table below or speak to your physiotherapist.
Electrodes are placed one at the top of the muscle, the second at the centre of the muscle mass; strong muscle contraction is essential.
SportsMed technical specification
30 intensity settings
Maximum output of 60 volts
Bi-phasic square wave signal
Pulse width of 200 micro seconds
Modulation period less than 1 second
RELIEVE mode - 10 to 50 Hz, no surge
RECOVER mode - 10 to 35 Hz, 6 seconds ON and 12 seconds OFF
EXERCISE mode - Constant 50 Hz, 6 seconds ON and 12 seconds OFF
SportsMed treatment guide
|Pain relief||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||On demand|
|Muscle soreness||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily for 1 or 2 days|
|Scar tissue||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily as needed|
|Soft tissue healing||RECOVER||Medium||10 to 20 minutes||3 times per day|
|Circulation||RELIEVE or RECOVER||Low||60 minutes||as often as needed|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium||5 to 15 minutes||3 times per day|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium to high||10 to 20 minutes||3 times per day|
|On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch|
|On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly|
|On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required|
Use for management and repair of diagnosed injuries and wounds:
overuse or repetitive strain injury
ulcers, wounds and burns
DO NOT stimulate the heart or the carotid artery.
The SportsMed Electrical Stimulation machine is suitable for pain management, faster repair of musculoskeletal tissue, muscle rehabilitation and strengthening, wound healing and post-operative repair.
SportsMed Control unit connected to pads and ready to apply.