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Fully insulated channels? Answered

I was looking to TENS units for experimentation and to try to rid myself of knee pain without meds. I was also looking into potentially building one due to the fact that i could probably do it cheaper depending on how i decide to do it.

One of the TENS units i saw said that there was dual channels that were fully insulated, while another one i saw said duel channel but was not fully insulated. What does this fully insulated channel mean, and how would i do that in a DIY TENS unit?

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iceng

3 years ago

A Tens units can, if placed strategically on a chest, cause your

heart to fibrillate => death if 4 minutes.

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iceng

3 years ago

I own two an old one and a recent one and also a Bio-Box none of which have helped my youngest, married with two children of her own, daughter with terrible knee pain.

A bio-box can decrease, increase blood flow to injuries reduce pain and speed bone healing among other things.

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pmk222

3 years ago

thanks for the replies, i have seen a doctor several times about my knee pain. He has told me that it is nothing that i should worry about and that i should just keep taking my over the counter pain meds.

As far as costs go, i have access to a fair bit of components but TENS units seem to be quite expensive (for a decent one and with my budget).

The next time i see my doctor i will ask about if a TENS unit would help and go from there.

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rickharris

3 years ago

I have a dual channel TENS unit.

1. It won't cure your knee it will/may only mask the pain the make it bearable. It is important that you ensure you don't damage the keen further because you can't feel as much pain..

2. They do work for some kinds of pain. Ill take a guess and say you have arthritis. It may work for you you will need to experiment with the position of the electrodes.

3. The dual channel can be either outputs for 4 electrodes all getting the same signal, or 2 separate and separately controllable outputs so you can send different signals to each set of pads. The one I have is a real dual channel system but I only use 1 channel for Sciatica for which it works very well.

4. I looked at several DIY options and unless they are very costly where you are you will do better buying one. It will be neater and possibly safer than DIY and if you have to buy the components and material to make a case may not cost you a lot more.

Hope that answers you question.

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Kitemanrickharris

Answer 3 years ago

It won't cure your knee it will/may only mask the pain the make it bearable. It is important that you ensure you don't damage the keen further because you can't feel as much pain..

Very +1 on this - if your knee doesn't hurt, it is easy to forget to make allowances and do more damage. If you're avoiding meds, and depending on the type/amount of damage, it is possible to look to splints, taping and other supports. Consult a doctor or properly-qualified physiotherapist - even without meds, they can help a lot.