Conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone in NMES device

In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of combining silicone and hydrogel to form a wrist watch strap that also functions as a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device. The question is raised about how the hydrogel would conduct the electrical stimulation and the durability of combining the two materials. The purpose of this combination is not specified, but it is noted that applying electrical stimulation to the wrist is not a common practice.
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I have a question in regards to a neuromuscular device. Can silicone be combined with hydrogel or the rubber silicone encased in hydrogel to form a wrist watch strap combined with a NMES device. If this is possible how would the hydrogel conduct the NMES device and what is the durability of having encasing of the hydrogel around the silicone and the durability of combining the two together?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Anna
I have a question in regards to a neuromuscular device. Can silicone be combined with hydrogel or the rubber silicone encased in hydrogel to form a wrist watch strap combined with a NMES device. If this is possible how would the hydrogel conduct the NMES device and what is the durability of having encasing of the hydrogel around the silicone and the durability of combining the two together?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Anna
 
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Can you say why you would want to electrically stimulate the wrist? Seems like an unusual place to apply electrical stimulation...

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1. What is the purpose of using hydrogel with rubber silicone in NMES devices?

The purpose of using hydrogel with rubber silicone in NMES devices is to improve the conductivity of the device. Hydrogel is a conductive material that can help transmit electrical signals, while rubber silicone provides flexibility and durability to the device. By combining these materials, the NMES device can deliver more accurate and effective electrical stimulation to the targeted muscles.

2. How does the conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone affect the performance of the NMES device?

The conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone directly affects the performance of the NMES device. If the conductivity is low, the electrical signals may not be transmitted properly, resulting in ineffective muscle stimulation. On the other hand, high conductivity allows for better transmission of electrical signals, leading to more precise and efficient muscle contractions.

3. Are there any potential risks associated with using hydrogel with rubber silicone in NMES devices?

There are no known risks associated with using hydrogel with rubber silicone in NMES devices. Both materials are commonly used in medical devices and have been deemed safe for use on the skin. However, it is always important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and consult with a healthcare professional before using any medical device.

4. How is the conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone measured in NMES devices?

The conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone is typically measured using a multimeter, which can determine the resistance of the materials. The lower the resistance, the higher the conductivity. Manufacturers may also perform their own testing to ensure the materials meet certain conductivity standards.

5. Can the conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone be improved or adjusted?

Yes, the conductivity of hydrogel with rubber silicone can be improved or adjusted. The thickness and composition of the materials can affect their conductivity, so manufacturers may experiment with different formulations to find the optimal balance. Additionally, users can also apply a small amount of conductive gel on the electrodes to further improve the conductivity during use.

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