Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or Tens for short is a device or unit that used to block out pain signals that travel along your bodies sensory nerves.
Tens pain relief machines are used for natural and drug free pain management and have a wide range of uses.
Tens machines basically work by transmitting a small low frequency electrical impulse through self adhesive pads attached to the skin. The pads are usually placed over the area of pain, which provides stimulation to your body’s nerve endings. This in turn decreases the perception of pain. The stimulation your body receives from a Tens machines blocks the pain signals and stops them from travelling to the central nervous system which provides instant pain relief.
Treatment with tens pain relief machines differs, but it is usually recommended that the machine is used daily until the injury has recovered. There are no side effects of using a tens machine and they can be used for as long as you want. However it is recommended that the pads are moved every 15 minutes to enable the skin to breathe.
Your health advisor will recommend the best positions for the pads. Generally speaking most of the Tens machines advise against placing the pads onto your head, throat and certain other areas.
Here are some of conditions that a tens machine can provide pain relief for:-
- Back pains
- Neck pains
- Shoulder pains
- Torn, ripped or pulled muscle injuries and all other muscular pains
- Skeletal pain
- Nerve injuries
- Natural pain relief whilst in child birth
There is also mixed reports that a tens machine may help with cancer pains. Whilst there is no factual proof, if you have cancer pains that either the drugs are not controlling, then it might be worth seeking medical advice as to whether a tens unit could provide pain relief.
There are two types of units, a small portable device that can be purchased online and used at home. These usually are very easy to use and have various pre-sets that you can experiment with (following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully) and have digital displays which make them very easy to use. The second type is a larger unit, which would be more suited to use by a health professional, as the frequency of the electrical pulse can be manually controlled. These units are not available for home use to the general public.
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More and more people are turning to small compact electronic devices like TENs machines to provide pain relief with out drugs.
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