The NexWave from Zynez Medical is a multiple-mode stimulator with three modalities–transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential current (IFC), and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)–to help patients manage pain.

• TENS is the process of administering voltages or electrical stimulation to superficial nerves for the purpose of pain relief.

• IFC takes advantage of low frequency instead of superficial nerve stimulation, and it is known for its deeper penetration. IFC works like a TENS unit but can yield better results from a more intense effect. 

• NMES is the use of electrical current to stimulate muscle contractions. It mimics the stimulating action of the central nervous system. 

All three modalities use electrical stimuli or impulses to deliver their impact within the body. These three treatments have been used for over 30 years for pain management. The NexWave is a portable device offering the choice of three treatments for home use, delivering impulses from electrodes (adhesive pads with wire attached). It cannot be used with pacemakers, pregnancy, or heart conditions. Please discuss with your provider at The Manhattan Center to see if the NexWave device can help you better manage your pain.

–Alice Wong, NP