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What is TENS and how does it work?

TENS/Heat Back Wrap

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a tried and true drug-free therapeutic treatment for symptomatic pain relief. Scientific theory suggests TENS therapy scrambles the pain signals that are being sent to the brain by exciting the sensory nerves. Those signals are scrambled by a mild and safe electrical current that travels from the device, through the lead cables, ultimately being delivered to the skin via the electrodes. While TENS can be prescribed by a physician for both chronic and acute pain management, all Compex devices are available to you “over the counter”.

TENS treatment is noninvasive and has few, if any, side effects when compared to drug therapy. Our Compex LT TENS only device offers pre-programmed treatment options with dual channel output. We also have four channel Compex 2.0 devices, as well as wraps that provide an electrode-free option for the back and knee. In addition, Compex has both high and low TENS program options. High TENS, aka normal TENS, uses a higher frequency with relatively short duration pulses while low TENS uses a lower frequency with a longer pulse. Application is simple, just place the electrodes on the area experiencing discomfort and begin the program! TENS is also found in our TENS/Heat Wraps which offer a trifecta of compression, warmth, and TENS to ease the pain.

What is Cold Therapy and how does it work?

Cold therapy (also known as cryotherapy), is the application of cold to an area of injury. The cold helps to numb the affected area and reduce pain. It also affects the cells at the injured area by decreasing swelling and promoting healing.

Doctors often recommend the use of cold therapy after an injury or surgery to help with a patient’s recovery.

Whether post-workout or post-injury, Chattanooga ColPac delivers up to 30 minutes of cold therapy to help relieve swelling and sore muscles. The reusable ice packs are filled with a non-toxic gel that remains flexible when frozen, meaning that every application of your ColPac will provide maximum coverage and consistent cooling power. From knee and ankle pain to wrist, back or neck injuries, the ColPac collection comes in a variety of sizes and available in blue vinyl or black polyurethane to help provide pain relief where you need it most so you can recover and crush your next workout or competition.

Chattanooga Colpacs:

  • Reusable
  • Cold Therapy
  • 30 minutes of soothing relief
  • Alleviate pain and reduce swelling

Hyperice Cold Therapy:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce metabolic rate
  • Cold Therapy
  • Allow for a greater range of motion and mobility while icing
  • Alleviate pain and reduce swelling

What is NMES and how can it help with pain?

Sport Elite muscle stimulator

Neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES, muscle stim or e-stim) sends electronic pulses to your motor nerves creating muscle contractions. This contraction helps strengthen muscles and promotes healing by offering improved circulation. Our Compex 2.0 devices can decrease blood lactate concentration in 6 minutes. Lactic acid levels get higher when strenuous exercise or other conditions lower the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. High levels of lactate in the body cause the muscles/bloodstream to become more acidic during exercise. Symptoms may include a burning feeling in your muscles, cramps, weakness, and feeling exhausted. Flush it out in 6 minutes with Compex!

Compex 2.0 devices can also help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), the soreness you experience a day or two after a strenuous workout, by increasing oxygenated blood flow to the muscle group. When metabolic waste products build up in the muscles, it can be hinder the ability for beneficial nutrients to help with healing. Compex NMES programs can help push out those waste products by getting the oxygenated blood flow through, in a similar way massage or myofascial release operates. With Compex 2.0 devices starting at $159, it is a much more cost-effective option to treat muscle soreness than a daily massage!

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Helps you cope with long duration aerobic activities and increases muscle resistance to fatigue by building slow twitch muscle fibers.

 
 
 
 
 

An all-around program for endurance and strength, building both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers.

 
 
 
 
 

Increases sheer muscle strength better than most conventional weightlifting alone, with less risk of muscle-tendon injury.

 
 
 
 
 

Warms up muscles faster without psychological, muscular or cardiovascular fatigue.

 
 
 
 
 

Does not contract the muscle. It runs at a frequency specifically targeted to increase blood flow to help oxygenate the muscles prior to a workout or competition.

 
 
 
 
 

Facilitates relaxation aid of muscles and helps reduce muscle soreness and stiffness following competition or demanding workouts.

 
 
 
 
 

Does not contract the muscle. It allows fresh oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the muscles, helping to clear lactic acid and increase blood flow through low frequency twitches; good for muscles that are fatigued from (DOMS)- delayed onset muscle soreness.

 
 
 
 
 

Electrostimulation develops the blood capillary network of the exposed muscles. This helps improve irrigation and oxygenation.

 
 
 
 
 

Recommended before a workout or competition, especially for sports requiring speed and velocity. Applied briefly just before the beginning of a competition, it offers immediate, well potentiated muscle fibers and an optimal level of performance.

 
 
 
 
 

Helps decrease the intensity of pain and increase motion and function.

Edge

Muscle Stimulator
with TENS

Performance

Muscle Stimulator
with TENS

Sport Elite

Muscle Stimulator
with TENS

Wireless USA

Muscle Stimulator
with TENS

Mini

Muscle Stimulator
with TENS

$99.99

$179.99

$249.99

$299.99

$299.99

$379.99

$399.99

$599.99

$224.99

$249.99