Doctors have been using TENS units since the 1970’s to help patients better manage chronic pain. The general principle behind the device has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks would use electric eels to help deal with pain. The founding father and electricity pioneer of therapeutic use for pain relief is Ben Franklin. The modern TENS device was developed almost fifty years ago and used electrodes attached to the skin to pass low-frequency currents through the body to help block your body’s pain signals from reaching the brain. Instead of pain, your brain only receives the tingling sensations of the electric currents.
Since the 1970’s the TENS device has been used with great success in pain clinics and has even been adopted for use by fitness coaches and sports trainers to help alleviate pain and muscle soreness in athletes. These units were first used under the supervision of the doctor. They were later prescribed for use at home, limiting the therapy’s popularity outside of pain treatment centres and sports medicine. Now, affordable TENS units are being made available to the public without needing a prescription, helping unleash a whole new trend in pain relief.
iTENs is professionally endorsed, recommended by Australia’s leading pain specialists and is Australian Certified Medical Device. Using low-frequency pulses, the iTENS fights pain in three different ways:
- It interferes with the pain signals travelling to the brain.
- It stimulates the production of endorphins which are our body’s natural painkillers.
- It helps to relax tense muscle fibres by expanding and contracting them to increase overall blood flow.
Besides relieving pain, this device is also great for helping to tone muscles and ease stress relief and relaxation.
The iTENS device is very affordable and has received many positive reviews, making it one of the internet’s hottest item. Unlike the earlier TENS devices, iTENS is wireless and portable, allowing a person to use it practically anywhere. While this easy to use device is deemed as a safe alternative to pain medications, it is not safe for people with implanted electronic devices such as pacemakers or for people who experience epileptic seizures. It is also not endorsed for children or women who are pregnant.