TENS Machines Can Help you Fight Pain

If you’re looking for a way to control pain without medication for a chronic illness, after surgery or an injury, there just might be a solution. A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that helps treat pain.

These units deliver small electrical impulses through electrodes on pads that attach to your skin. A TENS unit allows you to dispense the correct level of pain relief by altering the electrical current’s intensity, frequency and duration.

These electrical impulses blitz the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

The impulses also stimulate the body to produce endorphins. This can be especially helpful for those with chronic pain from arthritis, migraines and back pain.

If you’re new to this technology, you might confuse a TENS unit and an EMS machine. Unlike TENS, EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) makes your muscles contract and is used to build or tone muscle. TENS stimulates your nerve cells, which is how it helps to relieve pain.

Generally, TENS units offer a more natural approach to pain management. They also can be used to augment the effects of painkillers.

TENS units have been used to help with:

  • Menstrual pain
  • Labor pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Joint pain
  • Neck and back pain

They are also used for such chronic conditions as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic neuropathy pain
  • Spinal cord injury

TENS units are small, portable and relatively discreet. You can carry a unit in your pocket or even clip it to a belt for instant access to pain relief.

Be aware that the electrical impulses from a TENS unit may cause a buzzing, tingling or prickling sensation as well as irritation from the patch.