Asked Questions about TENS
What is TENS?
TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, is a small
"beeper size" device that clips on a belt. It operates on a
volt battery and is used as a method of pain relief and rehabilitation
enhancement. TENS has been approved by the FDA. It is prescribed by
licensed physicians and is reimbursed by most insurance companies.
connect to the TENS Unit at CH 1 and CH2
kinds of pain respond to TENS?
Pain that warns us of external danger and internal illness serves a
useful purpose. But the chronic and acute pain associated with long-term
illness, surgical incisions, and unknown diagnoses do not provide
insight into illness, and therefore should be relieved. TENS is an
excellent, non-drug alternative for chronic pain such as lower-back ache
and arthritis. It is also useful in relieving acute pain associated with
surgery, traumatic injury, and other conditions.
can TENS relieve pain?
TENS can relieve pain by blocking the pain message sent by the body's
nervous system. This is accomplished by placing electrodes over the
painful area and administering a low-volt electrical current. The
current overrides the nervous system's message of pain, thereby blocking
TENS treatment have any risks or side effects?
Unlike surgery or prescription drugs, TENS is virtually risk free from
injury, side-effects or addiction. The low-volt electrical current
delivered by the electrodes only penetrates the skin to the level of the
nerve fibers, usually only one to two inches. This poses no danger to
most individuals. However, those with cardiac conditions and/or
pacemakers, and pregnant women should consult their doctors before using
TENS. Also, neck and head pain that requires locating electrodes on
these areas of the body should be conducted only with the consent of a
physician. Use caution when you drive or operate heavy machinery. Most
importantly, always use TENS according to your physicians directions.
is the most effective way to use TENS?
To achieve the best results of TENS therapy, it is important to remember
that TENS merely activates the body's own pain-fighting mechanism.
Placing electrodes directly over or around the painful area delivers
pain-blocking current to the nerves leading to that area. Some
healthcare professionals have found that placing the electrodes along
acupuncture points is also effective. Also, it is good to vary the
placement of the electrodes each treatment to avoid skin irritation.
long does it take for TENS treatment to produce results?
In most cases, studies show that it takes roughly 30 minutes for TENS
treatment to begin to relieve pain. However, for conventional,
high-frequency TENS treatment, there is no set treatment limit. Some
patients find hours of pain relief from short 30-to-60 minute sessions.
Others use their TENS units for several hours a day or all day,
depending on the pain generated by daily activities. Always use your
TENS unit according to your physician's directions.
can TENS treatment be administered?
TENS can be administered any time of day or night. It is recommended
that TENS not be used while sleeping. This is simply because movement
during sleep may cause electrodes to come off or be pressed into the
flesh, causing skin irritation. However, always use your TENS unit
according to your physician's directions.
for use of TENS
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Head and Neck Pain
Whole Back Pain
Peripheral Nerve Injury