How does the ELFcare™ system work?

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The ELFcare system brings together heat therapy, cold therapy and electrotherapy in synergy on the same electrode surface. The ELFcareTM can be programmed to combine thermotherapy (constant heat, constant cold or alternating between hot and cold) and different electrotherapy stimulations in order to provide high quality performance in pain management and rehabilitation.

The use of Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is the best immediate treatment for acute injuries because it reduces swelling and pain. Cold is a vaso-constrictor (it causes the blood vessels to narrow) and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site. Cold therapy is also helpful in treating some overuse injuries or chronic pain in athletes. An athlete who has chronic knee pain that increases after running may want to ice the injured area after each run to reduce or prevent inflammation.  

The use of Heat Therapy

Heat is generally used for chronic injuries or injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy. Athletes with chronic pain or injuries may use heat therapy before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. Heat can also help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms.


Electrotherapy has three major clinical benefits: the reduction of pain, the stimulation of healing and the reduction in recovery time.

Pain reduction occurs because the applied electrical fields act to close the body's "pain gate mechanism". That is, pain signals are blocked from reaching the brain so that the patient never experiences them. In addition, electrical stimulation causes the body to produce more endorphins - pain reducing chemicals made naturally by the body.

Electrotherapy Stimulation also activates the body's motor nerves. This results in increased blood flow and reduced edema (excess fluid). Electrotherapy is safe and has no known side effects.

Electrotherapy is not recommended, however, for patients with pacemakers or pregnant women. Consult your doctor with questions regarding these conditions.