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I’m very familiar with the technology behind the EnerVive Muscle Conditioning System by Slendertone since I’ve been using a TENS Unit (a.k.a. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for years.
I’m very familiar with the technology behind the EnerVive Muscle Conditioning System by Slendertone since I’ve been using a TENS Unit (a.k.a. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for years. In the past, obtaining a TENS Unit for personal use was quite difficult. It required a medical prescription to rent or purchase the unit outright. Currently, we’re renting a TENS Unit from our chiropractor at $25 per month, after insurance. It comes with as many pads as we need so I thought it would be the perfect time to compare the two machines.
A TENS Unit sends mild electrical pulses to various nerves to help alleviate muscle pain without the use of prescription drugs. As it sends short bursts of low frequency electricity to the nerves, the body releases endorphins which act like a natural pain-killer. Some people have even experienced the loosening of muscle tightness. The EnerVive works pretty much the same way.
There are many similarities between the TENS Unit and the EnerVive. Both units are pocket-sized and run on batteries. They both require the use of reusable electrode patches and electrode lead wires. And they both include adjustable controls.
The difference between the TENS Unit and the EnerVive are slim, but there are some differences.
Personally, I prefer the butterfly pads on the EnerVive unit over the pads of on the TENS Unit. The EnerVive pads held their stickiness longer. After only a few uses with the TENS Unit, the pads already have to be replaced. The pads on the EnerVive, however, are still going strong. I also like the program settings on the EnerVive. It feels a little more customizable and user friendly—once you get the hang of the system.
The EnerVive (http://www.slendertoneusa.com/Product.aspx?ID=106), however, isn’t cheap! Currently, the price is set at $179.99 for the unit—which comes with two butterfly pads. Replacement pads (http://www.slendertoneusa.com/Product.aspx?ID=128) are $34.99 for one set, $49.99 for three sets, and $62.99 for six sets of pads. The good news is that it comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty and has been cleared by the FDA to be used without a medical prescription.
That being said, if you’re going to use this device, seek medical advice first. There are literally four pages of warnings, disclaimers, and caveats that shouldn’t be taken lightly; especially if you have a heart condition or suffer from epilepsy.
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