Learn more about the J-Stim and its treatment options.
What is the J-Stim?
The J-Stim System utilizes a high volt, low amperage pulsed galvanic stimulator in conjunction with an electro-mesh garment to relieve pain, increase blood circulation, increase range of motion, prevent venous thrombosis, retard disuse atrophy and relax muscle spasm. The J-Stim System is particularly effective in treating diabetic neuropathy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, soft tissue injuries and related injuries and related conditions. Depending on the placement of lead wires, either a negative or a positive polarity, combined with pulses per second, may be used to promote vasodilation or vasoconstriction, soften tissue, relieve chronic or acute pain, break muscle spasm, soften scar tissue, dehydrate tissue, promote wound healing and decrease nerve irritability. The J-Stim stimulator allows the patient to treat either at night, while they are sleeping or for several 30 minute treatments during the day.
What is the difference between TENS and the J-Stim System?
TENS utilizes a noninvasive electrical impulse which stimulates the peripheral nerves, producing a tingling sensation which blocks pain signals to the brain. It has no effect beyond the treatment period and has no ability to affect the body other than as a temporary pain reliever. Most TENS units are biphasic, delivering in the milliamperage range. Typically, TENS ramp in 100 microseconds, which does not allow the wave form to go deep into the tissue of the human body. The J-Stim monophasic twin peak wave form ramps in 4 to 5 microseconds, allowing it to rapidly overcome skin impedance and to penetrate deeply into tissue beds. This penetration facilitates increased blood circulations, enhancing ion movement and exchange. Energy is exchanged through a sodium/potassium pump, nourishing the affected area and promoting both pain relief and healing.
Electro-Mesh Garment vs. Adhesive Electrodes
Conventional adhesive electrodes deliver a very concentrated dose of stimulation over a very small area, often leading to skin irritation and occasionally to skin burns. According to tests, the average disbursement of current is only about 43% and the concentration of the current is only about 33% (using 2″x 2″ electrodes). Also, it is often difficult and sometimes impossible for the patient to properly place the electrode. If a patient has oily skin or the weather is hot, the life of the adhesive electrodes is very short. The Electro-Mesh garments provide stimulation over 100% of the garment and do not lose their effectiveness for 3-6 months. Because the stimulation is more evenly distributed and because there is no guesswork in the placement of the electrodes, the clinical outcome is optimized. There is no sticky adhesive to pull hair, causing discomfort, and the skin type or weather conditions do not affect life of the electrode garment. The initial resistance in the Electro-Mesh garment is less than 1 ohm. Versus adhesive electrodes which start at 40-80 ohms. Because the Electro-Mesh garment covers such a large surface area, greater levels of intensity can be used to provide deeper levels of penetration at no discomfort to the patient.