Is the InTENSity 10 the most inexpensive TENS unit?

Intensity 10In a price by price comparison, the InTENSity 10 Combo may not be the most inexpensive unit there is. However, it just may be the electrotherapy device that gives you more bang for your buck. While most units include 3 to 5 modes, this product features 10 preselected modes – each of which targets a specific body part. In other words, it’s just like having a TENS unit for each major area in your body. Ten devices for $32.69 at Discount Medical Supplies online is not too shabby, huh?

Features

  • Wave Form: Mono-phase square pulse wave.    
  • Pulse Rate: From 50 to 150 Hz.    
  • Pulse Width: From 100 to 260us microseconds.     
  • Pulse Amplitude: Adjustable 0-105mA peak at 1000 ohm.    
  • Channel: Dual, isolated between channels.
  • Power Supply: 9.0 V Alkaline battery, type: 6LR61.
  • Weight: 0.28 lbs with battery.    
  • Timer: 15, 30, 60 minutes and continuous.
  • Includes lead wires, four self-adhesive reusable electrodes, battery, AC adapter, carrying case, manual.

Pros

The InTENSity 10 has many benefits, such as relaxation of muscle spasms, prevention of muscle retardation of disuse atrophy, increase of local circulation, muscle re-education, immediate post-surgical stimulation, and preserving or increasing range-of-motion. But its major selling point by far is its versatility.

InTENSity 10 preset programs

  1. Neck
  • Waveform: Modulation    
  • Frequency (Hz): 60-100    
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100-150
  1. Shoulder
  • Waveform: Pulse Rate Modulation
  • Frequency (Hz): 80-100
  • Pulse Width (µs): 260
  1. Mid-back
  • Waveform: Pulse Rate Modulation
  • Frequency (Hz): 100-150
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100
  1. Low-back
  • Waveform: Frequency Modulation
  • Frequency (Hz): 50-80
  • Pulse Width (µs): 260
  1. Elbow
  • Waveform: Continuous
  • Frequency (Hz): 100.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100.
  1. Wrist
  • Waveform: Continuous.
  • Frequency (Hz): 100.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 260.
  1. Hip
  • Waveform: Pulse Rate Modulation.
  • Frequency (Hz): 100-150.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 200.
  1. Knee
  • Waveform: Pulse Rate Modulation.
  • Frequency (Hz): 120.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100-150.
  1. Ankle
  • Waveform: Continuous.
  • Frequency (Hz): 100.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100.
  1. Foot
  • Waveform: Continuous.
  • Frequency (Hz): 60-100.
  • Pulse Width (µs): 100-160.

 

Cons

Like all TENS units, this one has a few contraindications, warnings, and cautions outlined in the instruction manual that the user should pay attention to. Read the booklet carefully before using.

Recommendations

  • Clean and dry the skin.
  • Check the battery.
  • Prepare the electrodes.
  • Connect electrodes to lead wires.
  • Place the electrode pads on the skin.
  • Connect the lead wires to output sockets.
  • Use as directed by your physician.

As far as cheap medical supplies go, it’s hard to beat an inexpensive TENS unit that gives so much for so little.

 

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