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TENS Units – Keeping “Current” with Pain Relief

January 17, 2017

 

What is a TENS unit?

TENS stands for transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation. These portable, battery operated units connect to the skin, using electrodes to send electric pulses across the skin’s surface. They are usually used for 15-20 minutes at a time.

 

 

Immediate Pain Reduction

In order to process pain, the brain receives impulses from pain carrying nerves. The TENS unit sends the brain impulses from non pain carrying nerves, thus interrupting and blocking signals from pain carrying nerves. This is why, when you injure your hand, for example, shaking it decreases the pain temporarily.

 

 

Long Lasting Pain Reduction

The electric impulse decreases pain long term by causing the body to produce its own naturally generated pain killers, called endorphins.

 

 

Fibromyalgia patients get results

In a study done on patients with fibromyalgia, TENS units were shown to reduce pain and fatigue.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4186747/

 

 

What is a TENS unit used for?

lower back pain

neck pain

knee pain

shoulder pain

muscular pain

joint pain

nerve pain

and more ...

 

Contraindications

Pacemakers

Heart Arrhythmias

During pregnancy

Epilepsy or seizure disorder

 

Are TENS units covered by my insurance?

TENS units are covered by most insurances.

 

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