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Stimulating the Comfort of Textile Electrodes in Wearable Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation.

Zhou H, Lu Y, Chen W, Wu Z, Zou H, Krundel L, Li G - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: Textile electrodes are becoming an attractive means in the facilitation of surface electrical stimulation.The equivalent circuit models and the finite element models of different types of electrode were built based on the measured impedance data of the electrodes to reveal the possible mechanism of electrical stimulation pain.Indeed, the finite element modeling results showed that the activation function along the z direction at the depth of dermis epidermis junction of the dry textile electrode was significantly larger than that of the wet and hydrogel electrodes, thus resulting in stronger activation of pain sensing fibers.

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Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Human-Machine Intelligence-Synergy Systems of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China. hui.zhou@siat.ac.cn.

ABSTRACT
Textile electrodes are becoming an attractive means in the facilitation of surface electrical stimulation. However, the stimulation comfort of textile electrodes and the mechanism behind stimulation discomfort is still unknown. In this study, a textile stimulation electrode was developed using conductive fabrics and then its impedance spectroscopy, stimulation thresholds, and stimulation comfort were quantitatively assessed and compared with those of a wet textile electrode and a hydrogel electrode on healthy subjects. The equivalent circuit models and the finite element models of different types of electrode were built based on the measured impedance data of the electrodes to reveal the possible mechanism of electrical stimulation pain. Our results showed that the wet textile electrode could achieve similar stimulation performance as the hydrogel electrode in motor threshold and stimulation comfort. However, the dry textile electrode was found to have very low pain threshold and induced obvious cutaneous painful sensations during stimulation, in comparison to the wet and hydrogel electrodes. Indeed, the finite element modeling results showed that the activation function along the z direction at the depth of dermis epidermis junction of the dry textile electrode was significantly larger than that of the wet and hydrogel electrodes, thus resulting in stronger activation of pain sensing fibers. Future work will be done to make textile electrodes have similar stimulation performance and comfort as hydrogel electrodes.

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Impedance of the hydrogel electrode, textile electrode, and wet textile electrode tested on large-area stainless steel plate.
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sensors-15-17241-f007: Impedance of the hydrogel electrode, textile electrode, and wet textile electrode tested on large-area stainless steel plate.

Mentions: To determine the electrode resistance, all three types of electrodes (hydrogel electrode, textile electrode and w-textile electrode) were also placed one by one on a stainless steel plate with a length of 8 cm and a width of 6 cm. A bandage was used to maintain good contact between the electrode and the stainless steel plate. The AC impedance of the electrodes on the stainless steel plate was measured in the frequency range between 0.1 Hz and 100 kHz and presented in Figure 7. It can be seen from Figure 7 that the impedances of all the three types of electrodes at the whole testing frequency range were almost independent of frequency. The value of Relectrode was obtained from data fitting using the equivalent circuit in Figure 6b.


Stimulating the Comfort of Textile Electrodes in Wearable Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation.

Zhou H, Lu Y, Chen W, Wu Z, Zou H, Krundel L, Li G - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Impedance of the hydrogel electrode, textile electrode, and wet textile electrode tested on large-area stainless steel plate.
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sensors-15-17241-f007: Impedance of the hydrogel electrode, textile electrode, and wet textile electrode tested on large-area stainless steel plate.
Mentions: To determine the electrode resistance, all three types of electrodes (hydrogel electrode, textile electrode and w-textile electrode) were also placed one by one on a stainless steel plate with a length of 8 cm and a width of 6 cm. A bandage was used to maintain good contact between the electrode and the stainless steel plate. The AC impedance of the electrodes on the stainless steel plate was measured in the frequency range between 0.1 Hz and 100 kHz and presented in Figure 7. It can be seen from Figure 7 that the impedances of all the three types of electrodes at the whole testing frequency range were almost independent of frequency. The value of Relectrode was obtained from data fitting using the equivalent circuit in Figure 6b.

Bottom Line: Textile electrodes are becoming an attractive means in the facilitation of surface electrical stimulation.The equivalent circuit models and the finite element models of different types of electrode were built based on the measured impedance data of the electrodes to reveal the possible mechanism of electrical stimulation pain.Indeed, the finite element modeling results showed that the activation function along the z direction at the depth of dermis epidermis junction of the dry textile electrode was significantly larger than that of the wet and hydrogel electrodes, thus resulting in stronger activation of pain sensing fibers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Human-Machine Intelligence-Synergy Systems of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China. hui.zhou@siat.ac.cn.

ABSTRACT
Textile electrodes are becoming an attractive means in the facilitation of surface electrical stimulation. However, the stimulation comfort of textile electrodes and the mechanism behind stimulation discomfort is still unknown. In this study, a textile stimulation electrode was developed using conductive fabrics and then its impedance spectroscopy, stimulation thresholds, and stimulation comfort were quantitatively assessed and compared with those of a wet textile electrode and a hydrogel electrode on healthy subjects. The equivalent circuit models and the finite element models of different types of electrode were built based on the measured impedance data of the electrodes to reveal the possible mechanism of electrical stimulation pain. Our results showed that the wet textile electrode could achieve similar stimulation performance as the hydrogel electrode in motor threshold and stimulation comfort. However, the dry textile electrode was found to have very low pain threshold and induced obvious cutaneous painful sensations during stimulation, in comparison to the wet and hydrogel electrodes. Indeed, the finite element modeling results showed that the activation function along the z direction at the depth of dermis epidermis junction of the dry textile electrode was significantly larger than that of the wet and hydrogel electrodes, thus resulting in stronger activation of pain sensing fibers. Future work will be done to make textile electrodes have similar stimulation performance and comfort as hydrogel electrodes.

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