How do TENS work?
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator) is a device that transmits electrical pulses via the skin to activate your body's natural painkillers. Endorphins and other chemicals can be released by electrical pulses to block pain signals in the brain.
TENS is a pain-relieving technology. It's most effective when worn while walking, performing chores, or exercising.
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device is a battery-powered gadget that uses electrical impulses to relieve pain.
Small electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. Electrodes have adhered to the skin with adhesive pads, and small electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. These impulses also cause the body to manufacture endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
TENS SHOULD NOT BE USED ON:
- Open wounds or rashes
- Swollen, red, infected, or inflamed skin
- Cancerous lesions, or close to them
- Skin that does not have normal sensation (feeling)
- Any part of your head or face
- Any part of your throat
- Both sides of the chest or trunk at the same time
- Directly on your backbone
TENS SHOULD NOT BE USED WHILE:
- Bathing or showering
- Using machinery
Most commonly questions by Patients:
WHAT IS TENS USE FOR?
A TENS unit can be used to treat a variety of chronic (long-term) pain conditions, including:
- Arthritis or other joint pain
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle pain
- Neuropathic pain
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE TENS?
TENS is most effective for chronic pain when used for at least 30 minutes while you are active, according to research. When you're sitting still, lying down, or resting, it's less effective.
WHAT IS TENS AND HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Tingling, tapping, buzzing, or muscular twitching are some of the sensations you could experience. At times, the TENS may feel stronger or weaker. As you wear it longer, you could become accustomed to the sensation and be able to increase the intensity.
IS IT PAINFUL TO USE TENS?
It shouldn't cause any discomfort. Make sure the intensity is high but not too high.