There are many different electrical stimulation types. One of these is the TENS or (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), whose main goal is temporary pain relief in aching muscles or symptomatic relief of chronic pain. This article will discuss the types of electrical nerve stimulation, the Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) and Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) works by using mild electrical impulses to stimulate a peripheral nerve. It is the same with TENS which refers to the transcutaneous passage of electrical currents through peripheral nerves at a predetermined frequency. A wavelength and intensity of a particular current are delivered through an electrode attached to the skin. It is controlled manually by the frequency or intensity.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) involves placing permanent electrodes in the spinal column as a long-term pain reliever. It is theorised to work by blocking the transmission of pain sensation to the brain. There is a similarity to TENS, whereby electrical current is carried by surface electrodes in the area of ongoing pain, thereby reducing that pain.
For some patients with chronic and acute pain, a TENS machine provides pain relief that can last several hours. For others, a TENS unit may help reduce the number of pain medications. After surgery, TENS is very effective in treating mild to moderate pain. There have been beneficial results in using it for muscle pain and lower back pain. It has helped treat diabetic neuropathy, sudden urge to urinate and chest pain. It has been found to effectively regain motor control in stroke patients and alleviate nausea in chemotherapy patients. One of the greatest benefits is that individuals can often reduce the number of drug medications they need to take. Allowing people to get back to work, play with their kids and have a better social life.
These types of electrical nerve stimulation are non-surgical pain relief.
Here at iTENS, we offer electrical nerve therapy for your pain relief.