Russian currents

Russian scientist, Dr. Yakov Kots developed Russian current in 1977s, for increasing muscle force that increases the maximum voluntary contraction. It is a medium frequency current.



It is an intermittent alternating sinusoidal current with a carrier frequency of 2500Hz and delivered in bursts or series of pulses. So, it is known as medium frequency, burst alternating current.



Russian current is most often used to strengthen muscles. it is also commonly used to re-educate muscle groups after a nerve pathway has been damaged, such as in the case of someone who has had a stroke


Difference Between IFT and Russian Current-



IFT and Russian Current both are medium frequency current. These current have frequencies between 1 kHz and 10 kHz.

Parameters of Russian Current         



  • Carrier Frequency: 2500Hz (2.5KHz)
  • Waveform: Polyphasic sinusoidal waveform.
  • Current Amplitude: The maximum current amplitude is 100mA. Clinical used at 70mA.
  • Bursts Frequency: 50Hz
  • Burst duration: 10ms






On/Off Ratio:



The on-off ratio is defined as the ratio of the time during which there is stimulation (contraction) to the time during which there is no stimulation (no contraction). Set as 10ms:10ms.



Duty cycle:



The duty cycle is the proportion of on-time to the summation of both the on and off time expressed as a percentage. For example 10:10 sets up a duty cycle of =10/(10+10) ×100= 50%. Russian current produced with a duty cycle of 50%.



Ramp-up and down: 



Setting the ramp time is very important to evoked contraction similar to muscle contraction. As the ramp allows a gradual increase of intensity with associated gradual increase of muscle contraction. Set for 1-2second.



Training Protocol With Russian Current



The widely and most popular clinical protocol used with Russian current is (10/50/10),



which is-



  • 10= Muscle contraction, lasting for 10seconds.
  • 50= off time (no contraction) for 50 seconds.
  • 10= Cycle repeated for 10 times.



Duration and frequency of treatment:



The recommended duration of treatment is 10 minutes, once daily, per week for several weeks (3-6months).



Electrode placement: 



Arranged parallel to the direction of muscle fibers. so that it is at the estimated line of pull of the muscle.



Time delay switch:



  • Synchronous mode ( both channels triggered simultaneously- achieved by not setting time delay)
  • Reciprocal mode (channel 1 is on then channel 2 is off- achieved by setting time delay equal to the time of channel 1).
  • Overlapping mode (channel 2 overlaps with on time and off time of channel 1- achieved by setting time delay more than 1 sec but less than on the time of channel 1)



Physiological Effects of Russian current



The net physiological effects depends on-



  • The total number of bursts delivered per second.
  • Russian current can depolarized:
    • Sensory nerve fibers- Moderate prickling sensation
    • Motor nerve fibers- titanic muscle contraction.
  • This contraction is-
    • Painless due to sensory nerve blocked of pain gate
  • Allow use of high amplitude
    • Contraction stronger than those generated by voluntary control(voluntary contraction- motor units recruited asynchronously while in electrically evoked muscle contraction- motor units fire synchronously).