6 Must-Know Tips for TENS Therapy

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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation which is most commonly known as TENS is a modern day treatment for muscle and nerve damage. The basic concept of TENS is that electric current is applied to the damaged area through the help of an external source. The electrical signals then help to reduce muscle pain.

You may feel a stinging sensation when electrical current is applied, increased or decreased. You can get the TENS procedure done at home through a device or get it done by a physician. If you are looking to resort to such a treatment for pain management in muscles and nerves than here are the top 6 tips for beginners.

1. Safety first

When using TENS to treat your pain, make sure to keep these safety tips in mind. Don't use it near water, don't use it before sleeping, don't use if the device is broken and do not place over the same region for more than 5 to 10 minutes.

2. TENS & pain management

TENS is useful in a number of pain management and treatment solutions. It works well with back, neck, and shoulder pain. It also does wonders for people suffering from arthritis.

3. Best way to achieve results

What matters when using TENS is that you apply it to the region where you are feeling pain. Place the electrode correctly over the region experiencing the pain and apply the current in such a manner that you feel a slight stinging sensation which isn't painful.

4. Not all TENS units are same

The basic concept of TENS, regardless of the device, is the same, that an electric current patch is applied to the area which causes pain. But the current may vary in different devices. The modes may differ as well. So consult your physician before use.

5. It may not work for you

People respond differently to electric stimuli. It may be useful for some, but for others, it may be useless. For some, the pain may be entirely managed, and for some, it may not work at all. 

6. Still new

Keep in mind that this is a relatively new procedure. Years of research are still required for it to provide maximum benefits to its users. Up till now, TENS have gotten the approval from the FDA for migraine pain management only. 

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