As more and more medicine is becoming available and to treat such a wide variety of symptoms, it isn’t surprising that people use prescribed drugs to ease their pain and especially if there are few side effects to taking these medicines. However, there is a drug-free way to alleviate pain. One of the more popular methods for alleviating pain that can be accessed easily on the market is a pain management solution called TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).
TENS can help with an array of various pain and is very commonly used amongst chronic pain sufferers who have developed resistance to prescription painkillers. Using more powerful and more potent drugs to receive the same relief can be worrying for many people and that is why an alternative like TENS is so popular.
How to Use Your TENS Machine
Your TENS machine should come with comprehensive instructions that are easy to follow, however we will include some general use guidance here:
In applying the electrodes, make sure the machine is turned off. Then you can test to make sure that it is working by turning it on while holding the pads in your fingers. If it tingles, it is working..
When putting the electrode pads on, make sure you avoid any sensitive or irritated areas and only apply them to washed and dried skin on either side of the pain. Electrodes are covered in conductive gel and placed a minimum of an inch apart, slightly further if preferred. Once they have adhered to the skin you can move about your day as you ordinarily would.
Once you have achieved the above, turn the machine on at its lowest setting and gradually turn it up until you feel a sensation or tingle. The sensation can be minimal or quite noticeable, but should never be painful. If you do feel pain in the muscles you should turn the settings to a lower level. You chose how long each session will last, however a minimum of 45-60 min to start with is appropriate, but the time can be increased and you can safely use the machine for up to 12 hours. At the end of the session, simply turn off and remove the pads. Be careful not to touch the sticky part as this will shorten the life of the gels.
Who Can Use TENS
Some people most definitely benefit more than others. Those that are pregnant, have a pacemaker, epilepsy or a heart condition are advised not to use TENS unless directed by your physician. However, TENS has been used during labour and is applied to the lower back, but please see your doctor to get the safest advice.
A TENS machine is an alternative pain treatment, which works best on muscle pains, within the joints or caused by nerves. It isn’t recommended for headaches, chest pains, stomach aches and intestinal issues. That being said, there are not any real side effects from the utilization of this machine, so you’ll undoubtedly experiment to seek out whether or not it works for you.
TENS are often a helpful alternative to drugs. You can give it a try if you suffer from chronic pain.