If you’ve never heard of a ‘TENS unit’ before they are a device used to generate electrical impulses, that are sent though electrodes attached to the skin directly over nerve centers.
The term ‘TENS’ is actually an acronym that stands for ‘Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation’. The different pulses sent out by the TENS have the ability to block the pain signals usually sent to the brain via nerve fibers. They interrupt the brain’s awareness of the pain.
TENS units are FDA approved. They are a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive, and drug free solution.
The TENS unit is only one of several type of electrotherapy devices utilizing small amounts of electrical current for promoting natural pain relief. These units are very easy and simple to use and are able to deliver fast and dependable pain relief at home, work, or even play.
There is certainly nothing ‘magical’ about how the TENS units work. They send their electrical current to the TENS unit pads. The TENS unit pad placement is what makes it effective. They are strategically placed over nerve centers.
These electrical impulses are mild and comfortable and stimulate the nerves in the area being treated. The pain relief will vary from one patient to the next, but in many cases the stimulation greatly reduces or even eliminates the pain sensation felt by the patient.
There are many painful medical conditions that this type of treatment can help to alleviate. Some examples are –
• Back Pain
• Post Operative Pain
• Peripheral Nerve Injuries
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Muscular Pain
• Cancer Pain
• Aching Joints
• Neck Injury & Whiplash
and a whole lot more. Another one of its big advantages is that the patient can use it home and on a long term basis. They are able to adjust the intensity of the electrical stimulation to receive either high or low frequency impulses.
It is the area of the pain that determines the TENS unit placement. Users can place the TENS unit electrodes over the painful area or put them over the top of the nerve that supplies that area. They can even place them on the opposite side of their body. The way that electrodes for TENS units work is very acupuncture-like.
TENS units range is both size and power output. Some of them are quite small and are battery-powered, while some are hand-held and yet others are desk-top size. There are wearable models available as well. There are many place to get TENS unit supplies for all sizes and power sources.
Some examples of the TENS unit supplies that may be needed are batteries, lead wires, gels for eliminating the necessity for taping, carrying cases, electrodes, and timers. These powerful units are appreciated by both home-health professionals and athletic trainers alike, not to mention the patients.