I posed this question on another site, but would like to ask the international community whether anyone has experienced using, or have had any patients who have used the Bodyflow electro stimulation system?
The website claims that the device "stimulates faster recovery in professional athletes and individuals with GENERAL circulation conditions. It promotes the flow of body fluids such as blood and lymph by stimulation of smooth muscle within veins, arteries and lymphatic vessels using a trans dermal electrical stimulus at a specific and patented frequency...The treatment involves attaching to the appropriate part of the patient’s body a number of electrodes which apply a mild transdermal electrical stimulus…..a minor muscle twitch may occur indicating the stimulation effect...The increased flow of blood and lymph is encouraged to the liver and kidneys to be filtered and removed. This results in the toxins and by-products eventually being passed in the urine.
Main conditions treated:
• Lymphoedema both primary and secondary
• Post operative wound healing
• Post arthroscopy of any joint
• Prevention of DVT
• Inflammation - Sprains and strains
• RSI’s or Repetitive Strain Injuries “
From what I can determine, the difference between the Body flow device and other electro stimulation devices is in the preset, unalterable low frequency Hz, which apparently stimulates both smooth and striated muscle. Interferential electrotherapy can only stimulate striated muscle fibre (allegedly). However, both methods reportedly result in increased blood flow and pain relief.
The main problem, as far as I can see, is the need for the patient to use the device, at home, 4- 6 times a day to observe any result. I have my doubts as to whether this would be a viable treatment method in the private sector within the UK, unless it is rented to the patient for a fixed period of time.