How the treatment works:


TENS works on nerves and basically interrupts the body’s pain signal.  It is usually used for pain management and masks pain, similar to pain medication.

Assisi works off a different mechanism of action and accelerates a biochemical process in the body to accelerate healing.Lulu-cat with arthritis being treated


How treatment feels:


To interrupt the nerve signals, TENS units put in a level of energy that can be ‘felt’ and is often uncomfortable or at least noticeable to the animal.

The Assisi microcurrent works in a much more gentle way and will not disturb animals who are already in pain.  Occasionally animals will notice a subtle difference.  We attribute this to the increased blood flow which creates the sensation of warming.


How treatment is applied:


TENS units are capacitively coupled – they have to be attached to the tissue with two terminals. The electricity passes between the two terminals.

The Assisi Loop is inductively coupled and can be placed over dressings/bandages.  The signal is able to treat more surface area and greater depth.


Overview of the terms:


Close up of Bill with Loop

TENS — Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

tPEMF — targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy which is the type of therapy the Assisi Loop offers.