TENS Muscle Stimulation

TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous (across the skin) Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and EMS stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation. A TENS machine, in basic terms, awakens your nerves by electrostatic induction across your skin. EMS stimulates your muscle with an electrical current. It is also commonly known as a TENS muscle stimulator. 

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS is a pain-relieving tool that is non-invasive. TENS machines sends controlled electrical pulses to the neurons under the skin’s surface through lead cables and sensors. It affects the superficial and spinal nerves that go through the brain. TENS machines work by relaxing muscles and promoting the endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. TENS machines are tiny and light, so you may wear them on your belt or carry them in your pocket and get treatment while going about your business. It may even help you minimize discomfort to the point that you can accomplish your tasks more comfortably. Just remember not to use your TENS muscle stimulator while driving or in the shower. 


Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

EMS is administered using an electrical device that induces muscular contractions via electrodes implanted on the skin. It avoids muscular atrophy when muscles cannot operate independently. The EMS craze is now expanding across Australia, with new developments springing up all over the country. It advertises as a cellulite cure, stress reliever and flexibility developer for losing weight and improved athletic performance. Since EMS causes all of the different fibers in a muscle to tense simultaneously, studies suggest that it can stimulate roughly 30% more fibers in a muscle than just flexing it. The assumption is that if you do this often, your body will attract more muscle fibers while under strain. A lot of athletes use TENS muscle stimulators for muscle recuperation since it can speed up muscle recovery. 

The Gate Control Theory of Pain

When utilizing these electronic medical machines, the gate control theory is considered. The electrical current activates nerve fibers that transmit touch impulses. The impulses go directly to the spinal cord wherein they prevent the passage of pain sensations to the nervous system for a short amount of time. You can use a TENS muscle stimulator to alleviate or minimize discomfort by shutting the pain gate. The increased intensity can also generate rhythmic muscular contractions, which can help to enhance joint range of motion, retrain muscles, slow muscle atrophy and build muscle strength. Circulation can be improved and muscular tension can be reduced resulting in secondary pain alleviation. 

iTENS TENS Muscle Stimulation

TENS and EMS machines are examples of electronic medical equipment. TENS machines work by stimulating pain-relieving nerves, whereas EMS machines work by strengthening and rehabilitating muscles. Because of these findings, a lot of people are already trying out TENS muscle relaxation therapies and coming back with great results. The iTENS device, though primarily used as a TENS machine, can be used for both cases.

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