How to Use the Alpha-Stim M

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How-To Video

Alpha-Stim M Owner’s Manual

Alpha-Stim M Owner’s Manual

1-Minute Pain Protocol

How to Use AS-Trodes

How to Treat Specific Areas

Instructions for Use

Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) to treat pain with Smart Probes:

  1. Plug dual connector end of wires into Channel 1 or Channel 2 jack and pin plugs into Smart Probes.
  2. Apply Probe Electrode Pads (PEPS™) to Probes by placing clean Probe tip into PEP™ in PEP™ case. PEP™ case opens with label on bottom.
  3. Press Power on.
  4. Set Frequency to 0.5 Hz or desired setting. For joint problems (e.g., shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes) use 100 Hz for 10 – 20 seconds immediately followed by 0.5 Hz. Try 1.5 Hz if 0.5 Hz is not effective.
  5. Set Timer to Probe setting.
  6. Set Current on Channel in use to 6 (600 μA). Decrease immediately if uncomfortable. When used on or near the head, immediately decrease the current if dizziness or nausea develops. This may happen initially or several minutes into treatment. Decreasing the current will immediately relieve these unpleasant feelings.
  7. Saturate PEPS™ thoroughly with several drops of Alpha Conducting Solution™ (ACS). Repeat as necessary throughout treatment.
  8. Note level of pain for all areas being treated and any limitations of movement in joints before, during, and at conclusion of treatment. It helps to keep a diary of pain levels where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst the pain being treated has been, along with time of day, duration of treatment, frequency and current levels used, and the most effective electrode locations.
  9. Apply Smart Probes to clean, dry skin. Cycle will start with 2 beeps on contact with skin and end with a single beep. Hold Probes firmly against skin for the entire 10 second cycle before moving to next treatment location. Lift Probe off skin and replace to repeat treatment at the same location. See Smart Probe Treatment Strategies for guidelines for Probe placements.
  10. Always place the Smart Probes to direct the current between them through the area being treated. Two Smart Probes must always be used together to complete the electric circuit.
  11. Continue treatment until pain is completely gone or maximum relief is achieved. There is usually an increased range of motion in treated areas. Sometimes treated areas of the body feel stiff or tight after the pain is gone. This will wear off over time.
  12. Turn Power off.
  13. Discard PEPS™.
  14. Finish with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.
  15. Repeat as necessary. Results usually improve and last longer with additional treatments.
  16. Store Alpha-Stim M away from children.

To treat pain with AS-Trode™ Electrodes:

  1. Plug dual connector end of wires into Channel 1 and/or Channel 2 jack and pin plug into AS-Trodes™.
  2. Press Power on.
  3. Mute the beeping if desired with the key sequence: Lock-Timer-Lock. To reinstate the audio alert press the same key sequence.
  4. Set Frequency to 0.5 Hz or desired setting.
  5. Set Timer to 10, 20, 40, 60 minutes or Continuous. This depends on the length of time necessary to effectively manage your pain. The cause and severity of the pain, your overall health, and any ongoing physical or psychological stress that might add to your condition are some of the factors determining length of treatment. Standard treatment time is 20 minutes to 1 hour per AS-Trode™ location. Additional treatment time is usually not necessary. The Alpha-Stim® M may be used continuously all day for months or even years in severe cases but such usage is rarely necessary.
  6. Set Current on the Channel(s) in use to desired setting. Use 6 (600 μA) for maximum pain relief; decrease immediately if uncomfortable. Use 1 (100 μA) when using AS-Trodes™ for over 1 hour; increase as necessary to obtain relief, but reduce current to lowest possible effective level (but not less than 100 μA) when used for long periods of time. This has shown to provide better results than when maintaining the maximum current level.
  7. Press Lock button twice to lock settings if desired. Press Lock button twice again to unlock and change setting if necessary.
  8. Note level of pain for all areas being treated and any limitation of movement in joints before, during, and at conclusion of treatment. It helps to keep a diary of pain levels where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst that area of pain has been, along with time of day, duration of treatment, frequency and current levels used, and the most effective AS-Trode™ locations.
  9. Peel the self-adhesive AS-Trodes™ off of the protective backing. Save the backing for storage of the AS-Trodes™ after use. If the adhesive dries out and the electrodes do not stick well, you may wet them with a few drops of Alpha Conducting Solution™ (ACS) and lightly rub your finger over the electrode to spread the solution into the electrode gel. Be careful as too much ACS™ will saturate the AS-Trodes™ decreasing their ability to adhere to the skin.
  10. Apply AS-Trodes™ to clean, dry skin. Always place the AS-Trodes™ to direct the current between them through the area being treated. Two AS-Trodes™ must always be used in pairs to complete the electrical circuit. Figure 10.
  11. Move AS-Trodes™ around as necessary to obtain the best results.
  12. Continue treatment until pain is completely gone or maximum relief is achieved. There is usually an increased range of motion in treated areas. Sometimes areas of the body feel stiff or tight when the pain is alleviated, but this will wear off after a brief period of time.
  13. Replace AS-Trodes™ in bag and seal bag. Discard and replace electrodes when adhesive has split or worn through to the conductive backing. Use only EPI AS-Trode™ brand silver electrodes available through your authorized Alpha-Stim distributor. Many electrodes are significantly less conductive and will not allow the Alpha-Stim current to penetrate the electrical resistance of the skin.
  14. Finish with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.
  15. Repeat as necessary. Results usually improve and last longer with additional treatments.
  16. Store Alpha-Stim M away from children.

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