Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.
What is a Tens Mchine?
A TENS machine is a battery-operated device with leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes.
Place pads directly on the affected area of your body, small electrical impulses are sent to electrodes.
The impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles.
TENS may be able to help reduce pain and muscle spasms caused by a wide range of conditions, including:
- knee pain
- neck pain
- back pain
- sports injuries
Healthcare professionals have reported that it seems to help some people, although how well it works depends on the individual and your condition.
However, the treatment is generally very safe, and you may feel it’s worth trying instead of, or in addition to, the usual medical treatments.
If you’re thinking about trying TENS, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP, Physiotherapist or pain clinic.
Never place the pads over sides of neck, temples, mouth, eyes, chest, upper back, open or infected skin and varicose veins.
Are there side effects?
For most people, TENS is a safe treatment with no side effects.
TENS isn’t safe for everyone to use. Don’t use it without first seeking medical advice if you have a pacemaker or another electrical or metal implant in your body if you have epilepsy or heart problems.
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