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Our products use neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) technology to emit signals directly from specially-designed ergonomic garments targeting specific muscles, causing them to contract, work and relax in a similar way to conventional muscle activation. Using our patented technology, we provide our customers with solutions to facilitate muscle rehabilitation, pain relief, and muscle conditioning and strengthening.

EMS (NMES) and TENS

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) and NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) are both acronyms for the technique whereby a muscle is caused to contract and relax by electrically stimulating the nerve that supplies it. It is a well-established practice in physiotherapy, where it is used to exercise muscles in situations where it is difficult for the patient to perform normal voluntary exercises. Similarly, in healthy subjects, NMES is used to exercise muscles that are difficult to exercise voluntarily, such as the abdominal muscles.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy is a clinically proven, easy to use and safe alternative to pain relieving medication to relieve both acute and chronic pain.

How it works

In NMES, a low frequency pulsed electrical current is passed through skin electrodes and activates underlying motor nerves, which in turn produce a contraction of the targeted muscle group. The process is the same in TENS except that the target nerves are primarily sensory nerves, where the objective is to block pain signal transmission to the central nervous system.

Endorphins are the body's own natural pain relieving hormones, and are released from the pituitary gland in the brain when the human body experiences certain types of pain. Our Endorphin Release programmes encourage the release of endorphins through a firm, comfortable 'Tapping' sensation.

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Applications

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is used to rehabilitate muscle function following injury or disease. It can also be used to improve muscle condition in healthy people, thereby enhancing muscle tone, strength and endurance. We have developed garment integrated products for back pain management, muscle toning and strengthening of various muscle groups, products to assist recovery following knee surgery and manage knee pain, and devices for the rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles in the treatment of urinary and faecal incontinence.

Research and Development

Our design team in Galway has been awarded many patents recognising the innovation basis of the products we produce. To maintain our market leading position, we are committed to developing new, innovative and clinically proven products in the areas of health and fitness, all through an extensive R&D and trials program. A core value of our product development is that the effectiveness of the products we produce are supported by valid scientific evidence. This clinical research provides evidence of product effectiveness to our customers, as well as meeting regulatory requirements. User safety is paramount, and all of our products are designed and independently certified to the international medical safety standard series ISO EN 60601.

We are leaders in our field and have been responsible for a number of key innovations in our category:

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The Team

The Research and Development team at Bio-Medical Research consists of scientists, engineers and medical consultants working together to solve complex problems involving the interaction between physiological processes and technology. The design team works closely with local and international universities to research and develop new products and we have extensive expertise and team members in the following areas:

·       Exercise science

·       Electronic Engineering

·       Mechanical Engineering

·       Software Engineering

·       Garment and Textile Engineering

All our research and development is conducted in our Galway office and our laboratories include facilities for testing the effects of exercise on the body, engineering development equipment supporting electronic circuit design, software development, computer aided design and electronic and mechanical testing.