TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It’s a machine that delivers electrotherapy to relieve pain and other symptoms. General practitioners often use a TENS machine, chiropractors and physiotherapists to treat people with back pain, arthritis and other conditions. A doctor or specialist will use a TENS machine to find the best settings for you as an individual patient.
TENS is a method of pain relief.
It can treat muscle spasms, back pain, arthritis and other conditions. TENS is used in hospitals and clinics and by people at home. It has been around for decades, and much research shows it works.
The TENS machine works: gentle electrical pulses are applied through electrodes attached to your skin over the painful area, which then blocks the pain signals coming from it on their way up your spinal cord to your brain.
The amount of electricity varies depending on your chosen strength setting; low settings feel like gentle tapping or tapping on an acupuncture point; higher stages are more intense but still bearable. You will feel something about 15 minutes after stimulation.
It has been used for decades.
The TENS machine has been used for decades to treat several conditions. It’s often used to treat acute, chronic and post-operative pain. It’s also used for:
- Pain associated with cancer and cancer treatments
- Pain associated with surgery such as knee replacement and labour and birth
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
The machine blocks or “masks” pain signals.
The machine sends out electrical pulses that block or “mask” pain signals. The pulses are sent out in a pattern designed to block pain signals and can be set to send out pulses at a rate that is comfortable for the patient. Some machines use TENS technology for general relaxation and stress reduction!
The TENS unit has two electrode pads connected to an electronic control unit by wires. The pads are placed on the skin, and the user can control which areas of the body receive treatment. The electrodes may be round or rectangular and come in various sizes. The control unit is usually tiny and handheld, but it can also be placed on a table if you’re using it while sitting or lying down.
An electric current from the machine goes into the body via these pads.
The pads are placed on the skin, and an electric current from the machine goes into the body via these pads. The current is low, safe and painless. The pads can be moved around to find a good position for you. They should not be placed over your heart or near your eyes or mouth.
Pads can be placed on different body parts.
The pads are placed on the skin and attached to a battery-operated machine that generates mild electrical pulses. They can be placed on different body parts, depending on the condition being treated, like:
- The abdomen area may be targeted if you have back pain or infertility issues.
- The back area may be targeted if you have lower back pain.
- The neck area may be targeted if you have headaches or migraines.
So, if you’re wondering how a TENS machine works and whether it could be the proper treatment for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. An expert can help answer your questions about this device, including pricing information. They may also offer home visits to ensure you get exactly what you need when using one at home!