Transcutaneous (through the skin) electronic nerve stimulation is a drug-free analgesic technique that represents a valuable addition to pain management. A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit is mainly used for blocking and treating chronic and acute pain. Treatment with TENS unit consists of passing a weak electric current via electrodes through the skin into the nerve fibres beneath.
How Do TENS work?
Scientists believe the electrical pulses emitted by TENS block or over-ride the pain messages travelling to the brain. Other scientists believe the electrical impulses trigger the release of the body’s natural pain-relieving medicines called endorphins and enkephalins. Some of these substances, isolated, are 200 times stronger than morphine.
Clinical studies have shown seven out of ten pain suffers can expect pain relief from TENS therapy. The primary health funds in Australia are so convinced of the effectiveness of TENS therapy that generous rebates apply to the purchase of certain types of TENS units.
In recent years TENS has come from fringe medicine to front-line preventative care in Australia. The benefits and the savings to the community, even at this early stage, are enormous when one realises that more hospital beds are filled with patients suffering from prescription drug-taking side effects than any other cause.
Modern TENS machines called iTENS are wireless, portable, lightweight, with “wings”, which is a laser printed silver conductive surface. It contains a set of reusable gel pads, a rechargeable battery and a Bluetooth transmitter or receiver. Its fast pain relief, long-lasting gel pads, compatibility with smartphones and safeness have become a commonly recommended treatment for pain sufferers. iTENS have been on the market for six years and is still one of the best TENS units you can rely on. The compactness and easy-to-use wearable, discreet features made this particular TENS unit stand out from the other models available on the Australian market.