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Does Using a TENS Machine Burn

The popularity of electrotherapy like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is immense mainly because of the many benefits. Primarily, they help in alleviating different kinds of pain from several medical conditions and injuries. Unlike conventional oral painkillers, they do not have any adverse side effects, so using them often does not pose a significant risk to the health or the body. Since a device like a TENS machine uses electricity to function, people ask, does using a TENS machine burn?

Like the wireless iTENS, a TENS machine is a small wearable device that delivers low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate the nerves through the skin. The stimulation of the nerves could also help release chemicals like endorphins that inhibit the pain sensation. The unit has a set of electrodes that connects to a sticky pad. The pads on the skin near the pain area act as a conduit for the electricity to pass through. However, just like with any other electrical device, its misuse can bring damage to the person. A TENS machine burn is a possibility, primarily due to mishandling of the device.

TENS Machine Burn: Prevention

Can the TENS machine burn the skin? TENS machines have minimal known adverse side effects. Some patients report having burn marks or irritation on the electrode sites. Prolonging the use of a TENS machine may cause the adhesives on the gel to cause mild irritation and burn the skin. When this happens, turn off the device and remove the pads. Wash the skin thoroughly with mild or hypoallergenic soap. Don’t use a TENS machine longer than the recommended duration (approximately 30 mins. You can have breaks in between sessions so you can let your nerves and body rest. The iTENS comes with user-friendly guides and settings you can follow so you can safely administer self-pain relief treatment.

Another incident where a TENS machine burn can occur is when you use a too high frequency. It is essential to strictly follow the recommended frequency or intensity to avoid any severe damage. The TENS machine has low to high frequency available. Some pain treatments require high frequency. These incidents are rare, and they do not have lasting adverse side effects on the body. Additionally, do not use a TENS machine in the water or near a body of water to avoid shocks and burns.

To minimize the risks of a TENS machine burn, iTENS comes with wireless electrodes. The absence of wires eliminates the dangers of electric shocks from possible open cables. The iTENS unit is also conveniently controllable from your mobile phone via a Bluetooth connection. Using TENS machines is generally safe for public use. You should consult with a doctor or physiotherapist and follow their directions on the safe use of TENS machines.

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