No, the Flexible Array electrode allows for unattended treatment. We recommend scanning the area first with the main device, then targeting the area with the flexible array during which time you can direct the patient to perform exercises or you can continue the treatment unattended.
InterX is an advanced form of Neurostimulation that integrates into existing treatment programs to enable enhanced results with both acute and chronic conditions. InterX is FDA cleared for acute and chronic pain relief and pain management.
The InterX products are effective for:
Scan – The treatment area is scanned using the InterX device to identify specific areas of low impedance. These are optimal treatment points for InterX stimulation. The scanning can be done either by sliding the device over the skin or by placing the device and taking numerical measurements.
Target – These areas of low impedance are then targeted with very specific stimulation. The interactive stimulation adjusts constantly in response to changes in the electrophysiology of the tissue. This specific, dynamic stimulation is unique to this technology.
Dynamic – If appropriate, the patient is moved through a series of positions, stretches or exercises while stimulation is applied to points of pain. The portability and ease of application make this a very quick and effective application where neuromuscular and proprioceptive re-education can be combined with interactive neuro-stimulation for enhanced results.
The time needed for treatment can vary but averages approx. 15 minutes. Very short treatments can be used on the sidelines of a sports game taking only a few minutes. When treating more difficult chronic conditions, the session may last up to 30 minutes as there is a larger area of the body to scan when incorporating neurologically related areas.
Yes, the InterX integrates very well into other treatment protocols. It is best to use InterX first so that other treatments do not affect skin impedance before you scan the treatment area.
The high density current (Target)
The high amplitude, short pulse width, dynamic waveform elicits a greater response from the body than other electrical stimulation. The InterX has closely spaced electrodes which means the current is very high density and very specific and not restricted by muscle contraction. It is believed that this stimulates a neuropeptide/cytokine cascade which is believed to create a longer lasting effect. Central nervous system responses are often observed too.
The Interactive Waveform
The parameters of each individual pulse are controlled by the electrophysiology of the tissue. The waveform changes constantly as the body responds to the stimulation and pain relief. This stops the body accommodating to the stimulation making it more effective. It also means that there is no need to use messy conductive gels.
Treatment is eligible for reimbursement through individual clinics and practitioners, but the device is not covered under most insurances.
InterX® therapy will be delivered by a trained practitioner, often in a clinical or sports setting. Typical treatments last from 15 – 30 minutes and the procedure will involve applying the hand-held device or its remote probes directly to the skin. Treatment will be on the skin of the involved area, and often non-involved areas on the opposite side of the body or the back.
The device may be held stationary or moved along the skin in sweeping motions, depending on the chosen mode of treatment. The sensation the patient may feel a tickling or vibrating sensation, or it may feel like a prickling or fine “needling” sensation. Some people are more sensitive than others to neurostimulation. The way your body responds to the treatment may not be the same as the next person. There is the potential that people who are very sensitive to neurostimulation may temporarily experience discomfort or light-headedness.
The number of treatments needed will depend upon the severity of your condition and how long you have had the problem. Quite often patients feel relief after 1 – 3 treatments but complex long standing conditions may require more effort.
The InterX® products can be applied independently as a full treatment or concurrently with existing therapy (physical or occupational) activities to meet and enhance therapy goals. The number of visits and duration of treatment is highly dependent upon the complexity of the patient’s medical history and condition, and whether the InterX® product is used independently or as a concurrent treatment. Case examples:
Acute minor ankle sprain may only require one 15-minute session for a healthy individual when InterX® therapy is applied as a concurrent treatment to active therapy.
Chronic low back pain and a complicated medical history may experience a 30-minute treatment and require 3-4 treatments per week for 2-3 weeks.
Post-operative ACL repair may experience a 15-minute InterX® treatment multiple times before each physical therapy session.
Once therapy has begun, it is important to complete the full, recommended treatment course in order to experience optimum relief from symptoms. Neurostimulation activates a physical response, which may increase the sensation of pain for a few hours. Adherence to the full course of treatment will minimize symptoms that a patient may experience during the natural healing process.
InterX® therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment that can be used on patients of all ages. Consult your physician regarding the InterX® treatment approach that is best for your individual medical condition. To InterX’s knowledge, there have been no reported cases of severe injury due to the use of the InterX® products. However, caution should be taken when using neurostimulation devices as they may interfere with other electrical medical devices.
Although it introduces electrical impulses into the body, the InterX® products achieve results through an approach that is very different to conventional neurostimulation.
InterX’s management has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and is committed to providing service and products that improve the quality of life for patients and athletes receiving treatment with its products.
Available upon request are numerous resources and references regarding the use and study of InterX® therapy.
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