The best electrostimulators to relieve muscle pain
Electrostimulation is a technique that is used in various fields such as fitness or physical therapy. It is applied through a device called an electrostimulator and electrodes that adhere to the body and emit electrical impulses to work different parts of the body.
In this sense, there are companies dedicated to the health and well-being of people that have integrated devices of this type in their catalogs that the ordinary user can use for different purposes. For example: relieve a pain, give yourself a massage to relax an area that builds up tension or Strengthen muscles. As you can see, the possibilities are diverse. However, when in doubt, it is always a good idea to ask a healthcare professional.
What models have we chosen?
To carry out this selection, the first thing we did was set a maximum budget of 70 euros. After that, we chose the following electrostimulators for this comparison: Beurer EM49 (8,5), i-Fanze Tens Unit (7,75), Med-Fit 3 (8.5) and Tenscare Perfect Tens (8).
Each one has been put to the test and has received a final average grade. It has been obtained from the analysis of various criteria such as those indicated below.
– Design: Is it easy to handle the electrostimulator? Can the intensity level be adjusted in a comfortable way or simply select the program to use?
– Channels: These channels are related to the number of outputs that the electrostimulator has in order to be able to use more or fewer electrodes. If the channels are independent much better, because that way we apply different massages in different areas at the same time.
– massages: not all electrostimulators are the same. Some can be used, for example, to treat specific pain and after sports training, while others only for a specific purpose. Does the body notice the effects?
– Electrodes: the quality of the electrodes must also be taken into account and the number of times they can be used.
How have we tested them?
Taking into account in which situations each of these four electrostimulators can be used, we have tested them in several sessions, especially to see if they effectively relieve pain and the body feels better. This has allowed us, on the other hand, to compare how easy (or not) it is to handle them, regulate intensity levels, compare how the programs they integrate are, their performance …
The results have been quite even and any of them is a good option for those of you who are thinking of acquiring one. However, electrostimulators Beurer EM49 Y Med-Fit 3 they have achieved the best grade. There has been a technical tie. In our opinion, they are the ones that offer the best response and performance, with a very balanced set of features.
It is a three-in-one product. This means that it can be used for any of the following situations: pain management (TEMS), muscle stimulation (EMS), Y relaxation Y massage. In this case, the box it comes in includes, in addition to the electrostimulator, the following accessories: tres pilas AAA; cFour 450 x 450 mm gel electrodes with clip closure; Y a pair of connecting cables that are coupled to the channels (they can be adjusted independently) that are located in the upper part. Each of these channels has, in turn, two outputs to connect all the electrodes.
The Beurer electrostimulator has a reduced design (132 x 63 x 23 millimeters) and contains a clip on the back to be attached to clothing. Meanwhile, on the front, there are buttons for its control and a blue backlit LCD screen that shows various data of interest while it is being used: for example, the intensity of current it sends or the time remaining until the session ends. . Its learning curve is very simple and you learn how it works right away.
It is important to base yourself on the instructions because the manufacturer explains very clearly how to place the electrodes on the different parts of the body (buttocks, arm, back, ankles…). Also because for each of its three uses, tables have been developed that, among other data, reflect for which situations or times the pre-installed training programs and their duration are recommended. To its more than 60 pre-programmed applications, you have to add others six adjustable programs.
It complies with what was promised and the intensity level is adjustable. As a special feature, it incorporates a function called Doctor, thanks to which it is possible to develop a completely personalized program based on the recommendation that a doctor or physiotherapist suggests.
With double channel, it is a transcutaneous nerve electrostimulation model also known by the acronym TENS; Hence, together with the instruction manual where its operation is explained, a guide with examples of treatment and information on, for example, how to apply on the skin is included. its four electrodes (with a size of 5 x 5 centimeters each) included. It works with a 9 volt PP3 battery.
It has a somewhat particular design and the first impression it conveys is that it is not an electrostimulation device, but a radio. The finish and construction are good, while the screen allows consulting some values of interest while it is being used: this is the case of frequency, intensity / power or how long each pulse lasts; all of them adjustable according to the needs of the person. To do this, at the top, we find two circular buttons that help to customize these parameters quickly and easily. Of course, a timer is missing to help control the duration of the session automatically.
The Med-Fit 3 brings together various programs that help treat pain in different ways. In addition, it is possible to carry out muscle workouts and a massage exercise in the event of relaxing the muscles. These programs are: M, B (gusts), N (modulation) and S1 Y S2 (for the application of variable and cyclic pulses). When selecting one or the other, you have to move the front cover down and press the mode button. While, adhesion of the electrodes it is also very good and its durability we found it to be one of the best.
Tenscare Perfect Tens
As it is a TENS device, we have used it above all to calm accumulated pain in the back, although it can also be used for neck pain, a blow to the muscles, a fall, an ailment in the hip area … As the range of situations is so wide, it is possible to choose between eight preset programs among which are: modulation, constant, burst … In addition, there is the possibility of creating your own personalized program.
Its design has been taken care of in a special way and it is even beautiful. And since it is small (120 x 60 x 60 millimeters) and light, it is also possible to carry it on the road comfortably. In this case, the manufacturer has included a small travel bag to avoid damaging it and it also comes with a kind of belt-clip to fix it to clothing.
Share a small screen with other models of its class to consult various information of interest and it is possible to work two areas at the same time —A pair of electrodes must be placed in each one — because it has been provided with two channels that can be treated separately. At the time of purchase, you receive 12 electrodes. Perhaps, their quality is the least attractive point of this proposal if we compare them with others of the competition. Instead, a feature that we find useful is that the product has a function that allows us to detect whether these electrodes are well or not connected: in the latter case, the power will go to zero and we will regulate it again. It is possible to select between 60 intensity levels.
The keyboard has a lock function and the timer allows you to program how long we want the session to last: from 20 to 60 minutes. Every time we use it, the electrostimulator starts working with the program that was used the last time. It works with two 1.5V AA batteries.
i-Fanze Tens Unit
Unlike battery operated models, incorporates a battery that is recharged through a USB port (includes cable for it). Regarding autonomy, and with moderate use of the electrostimulator, it is possible to use it between four and five days before recharging the battery.
Taking into account its economic price, the quality of the materials chosen for its manufacture is good. This quality is also transferred to the only cable that must be placed next to the electrodes that go on the skin. They are self-adhesive and reusable. They are also wrapped in a protective film and you have to be very careful not to damage it because when we finish the session you will have to wrap them again with it.
It stands out for its simplicity of use and configuration options, selecting not only the massage programs that it suggests: it is possible choose from six modes to work according to the needs of the person: legs, back or shoulders, among other parts of the body. Also the level of intensity and time (15, 30 or 45 minutes).
I’ve been in tech journalism for almost two decades. In all this time, I have had the privilege of seeing how technology advances to make everyday life easier and tell about it in different media. Although I have already lost count of how many products have passed through my hands, I confess that the desire and the sensations remain the same. Laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, activity bracelets, smart watches … I don’t put limits on myself when choosing a device and making the most of its possibilities as a good consumer of technology.
* All purchase prices included in this article are current as of March 3, 2021.
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