What is TENS?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a common and highly accessible form of analgesia. TENS is a non-invasive and effective method for pain relief. An analgesic TENS machine is helpful for both acute and chronic pains.
An analgesic TENS machine can help with lower back pain, phantom limb pain (pain from amputated limb), menstruation pain, muscle soreness and joint pain. While using a TENS machine may not directly cure the underlying cause of the pain, they are still highly effective in relieving pain and discomfort and improving one’s quality of life. An effective machine to include in your day-to-day pain management routine is the wireless iTENS unit.
TENS machines do not have adverse side effects, unlike pain medications. Without a doubt, using a TENS machine can help to decrease your reliance on pain medications.
When using analgesic TENS machines, users may need to try different program frequencies and intensities to determine which settings provide them with the most beneficial pain control. Trying out different program settings to find what suits your needs is highly recommended. The electrode or TENS pad positioning is very important. Typically, the pads should be on the skin over the pain point. Wireless machines, like the iTENS unit, make pad placement effortless.
Pain relief will last while the analgesic TENS machine is on and could sometimes linger throughout the day. Some users may experience pain relief immediately, whilst others need a little longer to get used to the stimulation from the device. Some users may also experience pain relief only when it is on, and others may have lasting relief even when the TENS machine is off. Furthermore, it will take various trials to find the best setting and pad placement for your specific pain condition.
Analgesic TENS Machine: Safety considerations
Appropriate consultation with a qualified healthcare professional could help clear out health and safety concerns. There are several places where people should avoid having a TENS machine on:
- On the neck
- Broken/Irritated skin areas (Possible open wounds)
Individuals with pacemakers should avoid using TENS machines. People should also be more careful when using Analgesic TENS machines on body parts that are numb or have decreased sensation and in people with epilepsy.
You can buy your own analgesic TENS machine. iTENS provides you with the world’s first wireless TENS device that has FDA approval. Moreover, if you are interested in using TENS, people recommend that you consult with your doctor or health professional for advice on the program settings best suited for your pain relief.