Connected objects continue to serve health. Bluetens, an electro-stimulator connected to the smartphone and designed to relieve back pain and muscle pain, is an excellent example.This article is about Bluetens review.
What is electrotherapy? It is the use of electricity for a therapeutic purpose. Low power currents applied to the surface of the skin in a non-invasive manner (electrostimulation) are mainly used for functional rehabilitation of nervous system trauma and other neurological indications by physiotherapists or physiotherapists. The goal? Strengthen the muscles, relax, but also recover.
Used at low frequency, these currents are not dangerous for health and are used by physiotherapists. At home, we have already seen many abdominal belts to strengthen the muscles, in addition to a sporting activity.
Relaxation, care or reinforcement
Bluetens had the idea to make this activity mobile. Revolutionary, and connected, he presents himself as a punctual and home substitute for your physiotherapist. The kit contains 1 Bluetens, 3 packs of 4 electrodes, 1 USB cable, 1 connection cable for the electrodes, 1 manual and 1 waterproof pouch.
The dedicated app is available on the App Store or Google Play and allows to choose the part of the body to work (arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, shoulders, upper back, back, lower back, belly, buttocks, thighs, knee, calf, ankle, foot) and type of programs (relaxation, care and strengthening). The application is then responsible for offering you adapted programs with several different levels.
Ready for a connected physiotherapy session? For what result? The answer in test.
The first thing that really hits you when you open the package is the size of the Bluetens. It is tiny and weighs only 25g. We could almost forget it. The packaging is neat with two compartments that stand up with a small tab. The first compartment contains the two cables packaged in the form of cartons with two small logos on it. The second contains the electrodes and the storage pouch. Everything is very tidy and does not give the impression of a simple organized bazaar.
The manual is succinct enough, but very clear. He explains the different steps to follow to use the Bluetens at best. Good point, there are several sets of electrodes. Convenient to use the device to several (indeed, each game must remain personal).
Let’s go to the electrodes, presented in the game of 4 × 3. They are put on a small film that explains which side to paste them in a humorous way. This allows you to remember and not to stick them in the wrong place. Each electrode is hit with a small smiley smiley. Pretty cool.[caption id="attachment_13470" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The Bluetens must be connected to cables that will be clipped onto the electrodes[/caption]
As said before, the Bluetens is really small and very light, a real surprise. It has a white wheel that surrounds a big blue button. The latter simply serves to turn on the device when the wheel is used to manage the power. Once laid, the electrodes with the cable are quite bulky, but you just have to be careful not to get tangled with the brushes. One element attracts particular attention, not necessarily well: the sticky ability of the gel. This is very effective for the electrodes remain fixed on the skin, but they also tend to hang everywhere. Whether it’s clothing, furniture or even between them, they become more annoying than anything else. So you have to be very careful when you handle them.
Bluetens mobile application
Connection: To operate the device, you must first connect the cable to the electrodes, activate Bluetooth, choose the program, place the electrodes in the right place and finally switch on the Bluetens to connect.
Program level, we have a wide choice since the application offers 15 parts of the body (shoulders, back, stomach, buttocks, thighs …) and 3 modes (relaxation, care, physio) each with three or four types of programs. The choice is very wide.
Small nice novelty arrived with the latest version, we can put our programs in favorites and add them to calendars. And if you still use the same program on the same part of the body, you can download it inside the Bluetens. You will no longer need to use the application. When you turn on the device, the downloaded program will launch by default. Of course, the Bluetooth connection consumes the phone’s battery, but you can still put the phone on standby and even use it with other applications. Indeed, the Bluetens actually works in the background.
Using / Getting started with Bluetens
The Bluetens is very easy to use. It is immediately recognized by the application and connects without worry. Moreover, by dint of being used, it is a small routine which settles down. Only the location of the electrodes may vary depending on the program chosen.
On the application, we can manage the power of the program according to our desire or our pain. The default level seems light, so you can adjust the device as you see it depending on the pain. The Bluetens reproduces the same principle as the sessions proposed by professionals. We feel the investment of physiotherapists in the creation of programs.
The sensations offered are very pleasant and varied. Far from causing pain as one might have feared with the electrodes (unless pushing the power to the maximum), it is a real massage that is offered. Only downside: some programs are very long and sometimes reach more than 30 minutes. A long time if you want to do something else at the same time, especially because of the many cables very bulky.
In some cases, it is necessary to ask for help to place the device. Knowing that the Bluetens is used to calm the pain, it is difficult to reach in some cases. The back is particularly difficult to access, so it is better to have a charitable soul with either to enjoy a good installation.
Once the session is over, simply put everything in the pocket and keep it warm until the next session. Of course, we must not forget to recharge the Bluetens from time to time. The application will allow you to indicate, via a small logo, which level of load is the device. It can be recharged via a USB cable on a computer.
Bluetens review Conclusion
We appreciate the small size of the device and the well-being that sessions provide. The machine offers a very wide variety of programs for each part of the body, all very effective. However, we will keep a slight reservation on the gel having a tendency to stick everywhere, and electrodes a little too bulky. In a few words, we are faced with a very good product that is easy to use and worth every penny.
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- Massages very pleasant
- Simple and accessible use
- Various and complete programs
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- A gel with a tendency to stick everywhere
- A little bulky