TecTek / Electro Stimulation products come in great variety. Product names and groups segmentation are brought onto the market suggesting a completely different approach but can be brought back to a more simplified origin. Because of the sheer endless list of names and products I decided to list most of them here. The list of names may not be complete but the actual application of the product is. The variation of the product is due to the practical proven and verified application:
This section mention all kind of different products without explicit trademarks or advises. It is my vision to display most products without a critical vision or evidence. Each product has a general explanation which I extend during training and lectures.
The use of each product depends on personal goals, targets in business or healthcare/prevention, financial resources and desire for quality. It is my personal vision and experience that choosing a product need to be a combination of needs and future vision.
If setting up a healthcare/prevention or commercial enterprise the need for professional advise on product and supplier is important in decision making. Budget, available space, core business, goals, and long-term planning must be considered. Electro Stimulation is a highly profitable business if employed with a vision, knowledge, and care.
During the ‘70’s and 80’s ES came onto the market without a strong planning. Physiotherapist and other professionals applied the products without complete knowledge. Slowly ES disappeared from the professional floor to resurface again and again. ES as a singular treatment, a method is not advised. It is most effective time in the right combination as a strong supporting supplement. It is most effective within the right combination.
The international standard on the basic safety of medical nerve and muscle stimulators advises “that stimulation should not be applied across or through the head, directly on the eyes, covering the mouth, on the front of the neck, (especially the carotid sinus), or from electrodes placed on the chest and the upper back or crossing over the heart”. The standard also notes that “any electrodes that have current densities exceeding 2 mA/cm² may require the special attention of the operator”. It imposes the following limits on the output parameters of stimulators (for therapeutic purposes):
with a load resistance of 500 Ω, the output current shall not exceed
80 mA at DC
50 mA below 400 Hz pulse frequency
80 mA at 400–1500 Hz
100 mA above 1500 Hz
for pulse durations, less than 0.1 s, the pulse energy into a 500 Ω load shall not exceed 300 mJ per pulse, for longer pulses the above DC limit applies the output shall not exceed a peak voltage of 500 V when measured under open-circuit condition.
NOTE: this is a product description in general setting. To create this section I have used different product descriptions as handed by manufacturers, physiotherapists, professionals, healthcare workers, and others. I have tried to write a useful and readable description of each.