Medical practitioners use TENS to help reduce pain with their patients. The acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is ‘TENS’. It is a pain relief method that involves a device that transmits electrical impulses via electrodes on the skin to a specific area of the body that is painful. It is helpful for the relief of acute and chronic pain. Medical practitioners believe that the technique stimulates the body to produce endorphins which are natural painkillers. However, they do not claim that this therapy addresses the root cause of pain. Its primary use is to offer short-term relief while healing is occurring.
Research indicates that TENS therapy has shown some effectiveness with cancer patients, especially those who have neuropathic pain related to nerve or tissue damage. In such cases, TENS works best when combined with medication. It has shown to be particularly helpful to relieve painful bones and muscles after major surgical procedures.
Reports suggest that TENS can provide short-term pain relief to people with muscle pain without the risk of addiction to over-the-counter medications. Other medical health professionals like chiropractors use iTENS as an alternative or supplement for long-term relief. Chiropractic care in combination with TENS is an option that patients should consider. Chiropractic or spinal manipulation involves moving a joint beyond its normal range of motion. You frequently hear a cracking or popping noise during chiropractic adjustment while the joint is manipulated. The goal of chiropractic manipulation is to ease the pain and enhance the physical function of a person’s body.
Chiropractic care for pain relief with the help of iTENS is preferred by many as it focuses on relieving pain in a safe and gentle manner without relying on medication or surgery. The ‘hands-on’ treatment is quite safe and gentle – much like physical therapy. For more conclusive results, the chiropractor may ask the patients to undergo one or more sessions to help them attain a speedy recovery.