TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The sticky pad electrodes attached to this small electrical device, are placed on the skin around the injured or painful area. The electrodes then deliver a light current that resembles a tingling sensation to that area of the body. The direct electrical stimulation onto the muscles causes relaxation of the fibers, in turn increasing strength and flexibility. The TENS is used for rehabilitation and improved muscle tone.
The TENS machine is so helpful in pain management that it is regularly used during child birth, as it provides a drug free pain-relief technique with no negative effects on the body.
When used on a high frequency, the electrical stimulation disrupts the pain cycle by delivering a different message to the brain. As a matter of fact, it changes the way the brain process the pain sensations from that area.
When used on a low frequency, the electrical stimulation encourages the body to produce endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
People have used TENS machine to relieve a variety of discomforts such as Arthritis, back pain, migraines, sports injuries, period pains, and stress.
Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s was already in favour of this method of pain relief.
In the 19th century, there was a vast array of electrical devices surfacing as methods of pain control.
In the 1960s Patrick Wall, a leading British neuroscientist, developed a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit called TENS. NOW, the TENS machines are largely used around the world, even in hospitals (450,000 users annually in Canadian State hospitals). Their popularity expanded when they became portable, with sizes not bigger than small MP3 players.
- Pain- related to Fibromyalgia, Tendonitis, Strains, RSI
- Improved Circulation
- Reduction of swelling
- Muscles strengthening
- Child Birth
Not suitable for epileptics or people with Pace makers