How does the Phoenix compare to ARPwave and Therastim?

We get this question a lot. We used the ARPwave and Therastim in our office for around 16 years. We had good results and the ARPwave and Therastim are good units. However, we felt there were a few drawbacks to these modalities, the price of the unit, buying minutes for use, additional commercial fees and access to the protocols being a few of them.

So our goal was to develop a more affordable alternative. Something that could produce similar or even better results than we experienced with these other modalities but at a better price point so more people could benefit from this type of therapy. The waveform of Therastim, ARP, and Russian Stimulation are sine waveforms. At the time, a sine wave was the best technology available. However, a sine wave is very crude. To obtain some result it has to be cranked up to a point where you feel a lot of pins and needles. A square wave on the other hand is cleaner and more efficient, and by virtue of the fact that it is generated with square wavefronts, it is not necessary to turn the intensity as high as you can. In other words, a square wave gets more bang for the buck than a sine wave.

Sine wave vs Square wave:

Russian currents, pioneered by Yakov Kots, gained popularity initially in professional sports training due to their historical success. Despite newer square-wave currents emerging, many practitioners still stick to Russian currents due to entrenched habits and cultural inertia.

The crux lies in Lapique's law, explaining the relationship between current intensity and pulse width needed to excite nerve cells, particularly motor neurons that activate muscles. Aligning pulse width with the muscle's chronaxie (the minimum duration needed for a stimulus pulse to trigger a response) hits an optimal spot: the right intensity without excessive duration.

Comparing Russian currents to square waves, here are the key points:

  • Waveform Efficiency: Square waves offer more efficient muscle excitation compared to the older sine-wave Russian currents. The square wave delivers more stimulation per unit of intensity, making it more effective.
  • Technological Constraints: In Kots' era, sine waves were the best available technology. However, they required higher intensity for equivalent excitation compared to square waves due to waveform differences.
  • Flexibility: Russian currents have fixed parameters, like a 200 μs pulse width, limiting their adaptability for different muscle groups. In contrast, square waves can be adjusted to suit varied muscle responses.
  • Wastage: The Russian current's 10 ms on/off cycle doesn't optimize excitation due to the refractory time of neurons. This results in energy wastage, less effective stimulation, and potential issues like discomfort, skin irritation, and shorter battery life.

Overall, square wave currents offer enhanced comfort, adaptability to different muscles, and better efficiency compared to older Russian currents. Their flexibility and optimized stimulation make them a preferable choice in modern electrostimulation techniques.

Here is a more in-depth article on Sine Waveform vs Square Waveform

With the Phoenix, we also added other helpful currents such as microcurrents. Which have been shown to help injured tissue heal faster and provide relief from pain caused by injury or chronic conditions.

Everything we did in our office with the Therastim and ARP, we have been able to do with the Phoenix.

We know some people will be skeptical because of the large price differences between the Phoenix and ARP and that is understandable. In fact, one clinic that uses, and sells the ARP (surprise, surprise), has publicly slandered us, calling us a knock-off, and spreading misleading information. Saying at our price point it has to be a knock-off or in some way not as good. But that was our goal: To develop more affordable option so that more could benefit from this type of therapy, and that is what we achieved with the Phoenix Waveform.

Don't just take our word for it. Try the Phoenix for yourself. We offer a rental trial. For less than the cost of two ARPwave sessions at the clinic mentioned above, you can rent a Phoenix for an entire month and use it as often as needed and then you decide on its effectiveness. During the trial, you will have unlimited support from Dr. Jeff Banas so that you can get the most out of your trial period.

What if I do not know how to use this technology?

Purchase of a Phoenix INCLUDES unlimited training and support directly with Dr. Jeff Banas. Dr. Banas has been a sports chiropractic physician for almost 30 years and has been doing Neuro-therapy with the ARPwave and Therastim for around 16 years. You can contact Dr. Banas anytime you have questions and he will help guide you through whatever you need.

Can you seek out "hot spots" or trigger points and do body mapping with the Phoenix?


That is our HUNT Program. The HUNT Program runs at 500 contractions per second.

Hunting Technique (moving the pads over the muscles, tendon, and ligaments while the stimulation is on) Hunting for the origin of pain and other dysfunctions often away from the patient's injury or pain. When the source of the pain has been eliminated and the brain and muscles a sending the right signals to each other the result is often faster injury recovery, relief from chronic pain and reoccurring injuries, and even a faster or stronger athlete.

What is “microcurrent” and when is it effective?

In the fields of regenerative medicine and natural healing techniques, Frequency-Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a cutting-edge treatment that helps your body repair and heals itself. Frequency-Specific Microcurrent is an FDA-approved solution for treating pain and improving your body’s functions at a cellular level.

One of the ways FSM works is by potentially increasing the production of a substance called ATP that’s inside injured tissues. ATP is the major source of energy for all cellular reactions in your body. Because treatment with FSM can increase the amount of ATP that’s created in your damaged cells by as much as 500%, this treatment may help with your recovery. Depending on the condition, treatment with FSM can “loosen” or soften the muscles, which can help relieve pain or stiffness.

What is the difference between the Phoenix PRO and Elite Edition?

The main difference is the size and battery power. The PRO is a little bigger than a cell phone. Since the PRO unit is so small, it is easy to travel with, you can just put it in your pocket and do the therapy, mobility, and rehab exercises. People do weight training with it, run with it on, ski, skate, cycle, or do any type of movement. 


You can of course do the same thing with the Elite Unit, however, it is about 4 times the size of the PRO. The Elite has two larger batteries in it. Both units run up to 500 Hz. Both units can run on battery or while plugged into the wall. The Elite unit has one program that is even stronger than the HUNT 500 HZ program called the Phoenix Pluse which has a longer pulse duration.

If you have used the Therastim or ARPwave at high intensities, the Elite is a better way to go.

Who should not use electrical muscle stimulation?

Before stimulating muscles please read the indications for use. Always follow warnings, contraindications, and precautions prescribed by the respective manuals.

Contraindications to electric muscle stimulation:

It should not be used to treat symptomatic local pain unless the cause of the pain has been clearly diagnosed.

Electrotherapy should not be used in areas of the body where cancerous lesions exist.

The treatment should not be applied in areas of the skin that are swollen, infected, or inflamed (e.g. varicose veins)

Patients suspected of having serious infectious diseases or diseases that require heat or fevers to be suppressed should not be treated with electrotherapy.

Electrotherapy current should not be applied to the anterior neck (carotid sinus) or through the head.

Women who are pregnant should avoid electrotherapy treatment, as safe use has not been established for pregnancy.

Patients with cardiac demand pacemakers should not be treated using powered muscle stimulators.

EMS Waveforms should not be used on patients who have cardiac demand pacemakers.

Is there any nutritional support that may help with injury recovery during therapy?

We have had great success in our office adding these supplements in addition to our therapy methods:

Kion Aminos 5-10 grams/day or Perfect Aminos

Kion Aminos have approximately 99% absorption, whereas eating an egg is around 50% and whey protein is less than 20%. This means 5g of Aminos would effectively be like 30g of whey protein or 10g of protein from eggs.

About the product

  • 8 essential amino acids in their most absorbable form for maximum utilization by your body.
  • Stimulate muscle growth & recovery. Improve resistance to fatigue. Absorbed by body in 20 minutes.
  • Crucial for supporting the muscular, skeletal, enzymatic, nervous and hormonal systems of the body.
  • 5 grams EEAs per serving. 30 servings per bottle. Each tablet contains 1 gram EAAs.
  • No binders, fillers, stearates, coating or dyes. Vegan, gluten free, soy free, non-GMO.

Creatine 5 grams/day (2.5 two times a day)

Natural Calm Magnesium (0ral)

Magnesium Oil (Topical) and Frankincense Oil. Mix together and apply over injury 

Q: What about a bad ankle sprains? Can you perform a “bucket treatment” with the Phoenix underwater like with the ARP Wave?

Of course. Another option is to get Conductive Socks from Amazon

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