Understanding TENS Nerve Stimulation Therapy

Source: WebMD, Medscape

What is TENS?

TENS acronym for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is the latest method of treatment for muscle pain. It is safe to use and the idea behind it is really simple. Two electrodes are applied to the area of the body where you are experiencing pain. And electrical impulses are sent through a small device, which is the size of a mobile phone. 

What Happens When It Is Used?

TENS works in such a way that it helps to redirect pain signals from nerve ending to the mind and cause the sensation of pain to be dulled. When TENS is used it may cause a tingling sensation to the applied area. Most of the people feel little to no sensation. 

What Is It Used For?

Different wavelength frequencies are used to stimulate the nerve ending and lessen the sensation of pain a person might be experiencing. TENS is proven useful in conditions such as visceral pain, neurogenic pain, musculoskeletal pain, chemotherapy and diabetic Nero therapy. It has shown positive results for treating pain accompanying tendinitis, bursitis, back, and neck pain.

So if you're suffering from any of these conditions, then you can make a safe bet that it (TENS) will surely give you relief over the course of its use. It's a modern and effective technique which is used for so treating many medical conditions now a day. But keep in mind another fact that there are some conditions where when applied, it can do more harm than good. 

When Not To Use TENS?

It is not recommended to use TENS if you are undergoing labor or pregnant. Also, if you happen to be suffering from some sort of a heart condition and have a pacemaker, then consult your doctor before use.

Other conditions where it is best to avoid TENS usage is for front neck pain, any region experiencing sensory impairment, exposed bruises, an area which has undergone surgery and critical spinal damage. So avoid using it if you suffer from any of these conditions.