What is a TENS Device and How it Can Help You!
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current. A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes. You attach the pads directly to your skin. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of your body, which might feel like a tingling sensation.
The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They may also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
What TENS is used for?
TENS may be able to help reduce pain and muscle spasms caused by a wide range of conditions including:
- period pain
- pelvic pain caused by endometriosis
- knee pain
- neck pain
- sports injuries
- multiple sclerosis
- painful diabetic neuropathy
- spinal cord injury
Does TENS work?
Healthcare professionals have reported that it seems to help some people, although how well it works depends on the individual and the condition being treated. TENS is not a cure for pain and often only provides short-term relief while the TENS machine is being used.
However, the treatment is generally very safe and you may feel it’s worth trying instead of, or in addition to, the usual medical treatments.
If you’re thinking about trying TENS, it’s a good idea to speak to our physiotherapist who can show you how to use it in the best possible way.
It’s generally better to have a proper assessment first, so you can find out whether a TENS machine is appropriate for you and be taught how to use it properly. To get the most benefit from TENS, it’s important that the settings are adjusted correctly for you and your individual condition.
For most people, TENS is a safe treatment with no side effects. Some people may be allergic to the pads and their skin may become red and irritated, but special pads for people with allergies are available.TENS is not safe for everyone to use. Do not use it without first getting medical advice if:
- you have a pacemaker or another type of electrical or metal implant in your body
- you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance you might be pregnant | TENS may not be recommended early in pregnancy
- you have epilepsy or a heart problem
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