What is TENS
TENS treatment is thought to disrupt the pain cycle, by delivering a different, non-painful sensation to the skin around the pain site.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation, which is performed with sticky electrodes that are placed on the skin around a painful area. When the TENS unit is turned on, it delivers a light current through the electrodes to the skin and tissues just beneath it.
The treatment can be gentle or intense, depending on the condition being treated. For the more gentle approach it can feel like a mild tingling or pins and needles. For intense treatment of sever pain, the current can be set to a level that will make the muscle twitch. Depending on the frequency the TENS unit is set to, the electrical stimulation can also trigger the body to release endorphins which act as a natural painkiller, and helps promote a feeling of well-being.
What can TENS be used to treat?
- Bone Pain ie Osteoarthritis
- Wide Spread Pain ie Fibromyalgia
- Muscle Pain, ie Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain