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1 Basic Principles of Electricity. 2 Electromagnetic Spectrum Electrical Stimulating Currents Commercial Radio and Television Shortwave Diathermy Microwave.

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1 1 Basic Principles of Electricity

2 2 Electromagnetic Spectrum Electrical Stimulating Currents Commercial Radio and Television Shortwave Diathermy Microwave Diathermy Infrared LASER Visible Light Ultraviolet Ionizing Radiation { Longest LongestWavelength Shortest ShortestWavelength Lowest LowestFrequency Highest HighestFrequency

3 3 Electrons Particles Of Matter Possessing A Negative Charge And A Small Mass Net Movement Of Electrons Is An Electrical Current Movement Of Electrons Is Like A Domino Reaction Electrons Will Move From Higher To Lower Potential

4 4 Ampere Unit Of Measure Which Indicates Rate At Which Electrons Flow –1 amp = movement of 1 coulomb or 6.25x10 18 electrons /sec Current Flow Is In Milliamps (1/1000) Or Microamps (1/1,000,000)

5 5 Electrical Potential Difference Difference In Concentration of Electrons Between Two Points Electrons Will Not Move Unless A Potential Difference Exists

6 6 Volt Creates The Potential Difference The Electromotive Force Which Must Be Applied To Create Flow Of Electrons Commercial Current Is 120 V or 220 V

7 7 Conductors Materials That Permit Free Movement of Electrons Composed Of Large Numbers of Free Electrons Offer Little Resistance To Current Flow Good Conductors –Metals (copper, gold, silver, aluminum) –Electrolyte Solutions

8 8 Insulators Materials That Resist The Flow Of Electrons Contain Few Free Electrons Insulator Materials –Air, Wood, Glass

9 9 Resistance = Electrical Impedance Opposition To Flow Of Electrical Current Measured In Ohms Ohms Law Current Flow= Voltage Resistance

10 10 Watt Measure of Electrical Power Watts = Volts X Amps Modalities Use Milliamps or Microamps

11 11 Electrotherapeutic Currents Direct (DC) or Monophasic –Flow of Electrons Always In Same Direction –Sometimes Called Galvanic

12 12 Electrotherapeutic Current Alternating (AC) or Biphasic –Flow of Electrons Changes Direction Always Flows From Negative to Positive Pole Until Polarity Is Reversed

13 13 Electrotherapeutic Currents Pulsed or Polyphasic –Pulses Grouped Together and Interrupted Russian and Interferential Currents

14 14 Electrical Generators All Are Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulators –Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS) –Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator (NMES) = Electrical Muscle Stimulator (EMS) –Microcurrent Electrical Nerve Stimulators (MENS) = Low Intensity Stimulators (LIS)

15 15 Electrotherapeutic Currents No Relationship Between Type Of Current Used To Power Generator and Type Of Current Output To Patient Generators May Be Powered By AC or DC –Batteries = DC between 1.5 and 9 V –Wall Outlet = AC at 120 or 220V at 60 Hz

16 16 Waveform or Pulse Pulse= Individual Waveform Phases (Duration) Interpulse Interval Direction (Polarity) Amplitude Rate Of Rise Rate of Decay –Accommodation

17 17 Symmetrical Waveforms Sine Square Triangula r

18 18 Symmetrical Waveforms Twin Peaked Triangular Waveform –Found on Most High Volt Generators

19 19 Asymmetric Waveforms Faradic Exponential –Sawtooth

20 20 Current Modulation Continuous Interrupted Burst –Packets –Pulse Trains –Beats Ramped (Surge)

21 21 Pulse Amplitude Same As Intensity or Voltage Measured In Milliamps or Microvolts Average Current Determined By Interpulse Interval Or Current Duration

22 22 Pulse Duration Length Of Time Current Is Flowing With Monophasic Current Phase Duration Is the Same As Pulse Duration With Biphasic Current Pulse Duration Is Determined By The Combined Phase Durations With Polyphasic Current The Combined Pulse Duration And Interpulse Interval Is The Pulse Period

23 23 Pulse Frequency (CPS, PPS, Hz) Effects The Type Of Muscle Contraction Effects The Mechanism of Pain Modulation

24 24 Electrical Circuits Path of Current From Power Source Through Various Components Back To Generator Power Source-Conducting Medium - Component Resistors –Series Circuit –Parallel Circuit

25 25 Series Circuit One Path For Current To Take Component Resistors Placed End To End Total Resistance = Sum of Resistances Total Voltage = Sum of Voltage Decreases

26 26 Parallel Circuit Component Resistors Placed Side to Side With Ends Connected Current Chooses Path With Least Resistance Resistors Have Lower Resistance But Higher Current Flow Than A Series Circuit

27 27 Current Flow Through Biologic Tissues Combination Of Both Series And Parallel Circuits Tissue Highest In Water And Ion Content Best Conductors - Blood, Nerve, Muscle, Tendon, Skin, Fat, Bone

28 28 Safety In Using Electrical Equipment

29 29 Ground Fault Interruptors Constantly compare amount of electricity flowing from wall outlet to whirlpool turbine with the amount returning GFI will interrupt current flow in as little as 1/40 of a second


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