Pain is a sensation that we can never really get rid of. It can come in many forms and from many different conditions. Pain commonly presents as a sharp, shooting, burning, or throbbing sensation. We can feel pain in almost any part of our body. Pain can gradually develop or appear instantly, depending on your health condition or injury. Fortunately, there are highly effective methods nowadays that can reduce pain. The most common pain management treatments available are oral medications, physical therapy, and electrotherapy with a TENS device. TENS devices like the iTENS rechargeable EMS unit uses electrical currents to treat pain. Pain management is now as convenient as ever, with personal wireless devices from iTENS Australia available to the public.
Electrotherapy via TENS or EMS devices uses low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate our nerves and muscles. These electrical currents travel through our skin and into a targeted area. TENS and EMS works a little different in terms of what they target. These two methods are perfect for pain relief because they don’t have any adverse side effects. Devices that are specifically only TENS machines target our nerves. On the other hand, pain relief via a rechargeable EMS unit like the iTENS will have electrical currents flow through muscles. You could quickly determine the differences of each treatment based on the size of muscle contractions. EMS machines provide more prominent and more noticeable muscle contractions during treatment.
Rechargeable EMS and TENS Unit: TENS vs EMS
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy is a pain management treatment that targets our nerves explicitly. It falls under the “Gate Control” theory of pain management. The theory states that electrical stimulation can cause the closure to some of our sensory pathways. These sensory pathways are where the pain signals from the painful body areas pass through to reach the brain. Closing these pathways with electrical stimulation could help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. This effect could then reduce our pain sensation. Additionally, TENS electrotherapy can also help induce endorphin release. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers. The iTENS rechargeable EMS unit from iTENS Australia can also be a TENS unit.
On the other hand, Electrical Muscular Stimulation (EMS) is another type of electrotherapy. This form of therapy targets our muscles and muscle bellies directly. EMS induces muscles contractions. These muscle contractions can help with improving blood flow around a particular area. Improved blood flow can then lead to faster recovery. Moreover, the muscle contraction given by EMS can help prevent muscle atrophy by keeping an injured muscle active. On the pain aspect, EMS devices help relieve muscle strains, muscle knots, soreness, and overuse. The contractions caused by devices like the iTENS rechargeable EMS unit can help induce muscle relaxation. This electrotherapy method is commonly used in sports injuries, especially by professional athletes that aim to maintain muscle strength and flexibility.
iTENS: A Rechargeable EMS Unit and TENS Unit
The highly innovative iTENS rechargeable EMS unit from iTENS Australia incorporates TENS and EMS to treat pain. Its wide array of parameter options allows it to be a highly versatile device. Moreover, its compact and sleek design enables users to carry it around easily and use it anytime. Standard TENS and EMS devices come with replaceable batteries or may have to be wall-mounted. On the other hand, the iTENS comes with rechargeable batteries. These batteries could last between 24 to 36 hours of usage with one charge cycle. Users could also greatly benefit from the iTENS’ cost-effectiveness. You no longer need to purchase new batteries continuously. Users that plan on using the device for long-term or chronic pain could drastically notice fewer costs.
Another great feature the iTENS rechargeable EMS unit has over other standard devices is its wireless nature. A typical TENS or EMS device has electrodes connected to them via wires. The iTENS, on the other hand, has its pads directly connected to it. You can then control the iTENS directly from the device or your smartphone. Its effectiveness as a TENS and EMS device remains the same despite having completely different features than a standard device. You are not sacrificing any form of effectiveness for convenience when using iTENS.
Advantages of Using a Wireless Device
The iTENS rechargeable EMS unit from iTENS Australia is a completely wireless device. There are no hindrances when working, exercising, or doing chores, even during TENS therapy with your iTENS device. Moreover, having no wires allow for more fluid movements. There are no longer any disruptions to your activities. You may move or exercise more rigorously during your TENS or EMS therapy sessions. TENS and EMS therapy is more effective when combined with other pain or recovery treatments. Exercising during treatment could further help improve blood flow around your body. Having improved blood flow could then lead to faster recovery. Additionally, exercising during your recovery process could drastically help maintain overall body health. Furthermore, being in a healthier condition could then ease the recovery process even further.
People who have a busy schedule could also benefit from a completely wireless device with batteries. You can easily carry around the iTENS rechargeable EMS unit and use it even outside your home. Having the option to use it almost anywhere can drastically improve your overall comfort throughout the day, even at work. Furthermore, the iTENS is compact and has flexible electrodes. Its compact nature allows users to use it discreetly under their clothes.
iTENS Rechargeable EMS Unit: Electrode Pads
Pad placement during electrotherapy is crucial. The electrical stimulation should be near or over the painful area. This placement allows for more optimal nerve stimulation directly on the desired nerve. The iTENS rechargeable EMS unit has flexible electrode pads that effectively fit almost any body area. The iTENS wing pads come in large, long, and small sizes. The large wing pads are for areas like the legs and back. The long electrode pads are for elongated areas that need treatment like the leg up to the back, effective for treating conditions like sciatica. The small wing pads are flexible and fit areas like the ankle and wrist. It is essential to use the appropriate pad size to cover the right amount of surface area. Pad placement with the iTENS is easier compared to the other devices. You can purchase the additional pads from the iTENS Australia website.
Safety During TENS Therapy
The iTENS is an FDA approved device that meets the requirements to be a safe and effective personal pain relief device. Moreover, TENS and EMS devices like the iTENS rechargeable EMS unit do not have adverse side effects when used. Having no side effects allows users to use the iTENS more. However, you should take 20-minute breaks between sessions to avoid skin and nerve irritations.