Foot Circulation Machine Buyers Guide

Use foot circulation machine buyers guide for foot circulation machines, reviewed elsewhere on this site, to find features that help differentiate these machines. Incidentally, use the foot circulation machine buyers guide along with the foot circulation machine's FAQ  to get more insight.

Certifications
EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Now, EMS devices are intended for use in physical therapy and rehabilitation. For example, they help stimulate nerves and muscles in the feet and lower legs.  As a result, blood from the feet flows away from the feet, thereby improving blood circulation. Consequently, it helps reduce swelling and relieves aches in your legs and feet.

By the way, an electrical impulse from EMS is stronger than one from TENS. Most of all, EMS devices are regulated by the FDA.

Foot and Body Stimulation

Generally, most machines will have both EMS and TENS capabilities. However, some may offer other technologies.

Handles

Next, handles make it easy to carry the device and reduce the chances of it falling from your hands.

IsoRocker

Incidentally, the REVITIVE circulation booster uses IsoRocker technology. Hence, the machine sends electrical pulses through the soles to the calf muscles. As a result, the calf muscles tense and relax. Which, in turn, causes the REVITIVE to rock back and forth.  So, this action encourages greater foot and ankle movement, which, in turn increase circulation.

Remote controller

Meanwhile, a tethered or a free standing controller makes it convenient to operate the machine without having to bend down or get down on all fours. However, a free standing controller is most convenient.

Shut off

By the way, a machine with auto shut-off is safer to use.

Stimulating Modes

Now, pre-programmed stimulating modes lets you experiment with a variety of stimulations to see which one helps you the most. Also, the greater the number of pre-programmed modes, the more you can experiment to find the one that best suits you.

For example, some stimulation modes are designed to produce a changing electrical current that essentially switches your muscles on and off. In reality, this causes the muscles to contract and release repeatedly. Now, this action may nearly replicate a normal physiological activity like walking or getting a massage. While this does not replace regular exercise, it can serve as a way to increase circulation for those who may not be able to participate in regular physical activity.

Other examples include modes with varying duration and pulse rhythms.

Stimulation Intensity

Also, a machine providing adjustable intensities lets you select the intensity that’s best suited for you. For example, when you are first starting out, you may start with low electrical pulse intensity and gradually increase the intensity until you find one that works best for you.

TENS

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS therapy uses low-voltage electric currents to treat pain. Accordingly, the machine delivers electrical impulses through electrodes (in adhesive pads) placed on your skin's surface near the nerves where the pain is located. Now, these electrical impulses, of varying frequency and intensity, block your perception of pain. But, how exactly is the pain blocked.

In one theory, the electric current stimulates nerve cells. And, this stimulation blocks the transmission of pain signals. As a result, you don't perceive the pain. Meanwhile, in another theory, nerve stimulation raises the level of endorphins in your body. And, these elevated levels of endorphins block the perception of pain.

However, TENS is not a curative treatment. It, temporarily eases pain.

Unique Features

For example, some machine may have a massage roller for the sole. While others use infrared to heat muscles deeper inside your body.

Warranty

Next, it’s always good to use a seller who provides service after the first 30-day period, when the device can be returned with full refund.

Why get combined EMS and TENS machine

Finally, a combined EMS and TENS machine gives your the following capabilities:

Steady current to stimulate nerves
Generates a cycle of impulses to cause muscle contractions
Relieves pain
Strengthens muscle tissue
Reduces muscle atrophy
Body produces more natural pain-relieving substances
Increase blood flow and range of motion
Relieves both chronic and acute pain
Relieves muscle pain from spastic muscles, tight or sore muscles

On the other hand, an EMS machine does not provide the following capabilities from the combined EMS and TENS machine

Steady current to stimulate nerves
Body produces more natural pain-relieving substances
Relieves both chronic and acute pain

Meanwhile, a TENS machine does not provide the following capabilities from the combined EMS and TENS machine

Cycle of impulses to cause muscle contractions
Strengthens muscle tissue
Reduces muscle atrophy