How Do Tens Units Work?

You must be aware of variety of tens units and devices available in the market. Let us get to know how they work.

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation which may sound scarier to you but is a wonderful discovery for pain relief treatments. TENS units consist of sticky electrodes that are placed on the skin of pain affected area. When TENS unit is turned on, it generates a low current through the electrodes to skin and tissue beneath it. Therefore, use of tens devices like Ultima 20 TENS unit may give you tingling sensation.

How A TENS unit actually work?

There are different theories regarding the pain relieving method of TENS unit. One such theory is Gate Control Theory which suggests that there is a neutral mechanism in spinal cord which functions as a gate for the flow of signals to the periphery of brain. The signal is used to change the perception of the pain in patient’s body. The frequencies generated by TENS unit alters the transmission of pain messages at spinal cord level and help the block their transmission to the brain.

Another theory called Endorphin release suggests that electrical impulses stimulate the generation of good hormones endorphin and enkephalin in the body. These natural hormone acts like painkillers by blocking the pain messages reaching the brain.

TENS for chronic pain

It has not been yet confirmed whether TENS relieve chronic pain or not. Several research works have confirmed that TENS can help controlling chronic pain. However, TENS is not effective for everyone. The best part about TENS is the minimal side effects. Unlike heavy doses of painkillers, it will not make you drowsy. It is easy to apply and can be worn anytime anywhere during activities.

Cons of using TENS

Although there is little negative associated with TENS devices, for example, the treatment is should not be used by a pregnant woman, an individual with poor sensation or a cancer patient or an individual having pacemaker. TENS devices should never be used around heart, chest, breast or head. There may be slight skin irritation with TENS, but only in rare cases.

You can easily purchase TENS unit from an online store, and it is very easy to use. Still, you should consult your physician about using it; s/he may refer you to a physical therapist who can help you decide the right device of TENS unit supplies for you.

 

5 Alternative Therapies That Are Very Effective Against Pain

Be it acute or chronic, pain is always painful. Several times medications are either ineffective or too expensive for the treatment of pain. There are a large number of people who are turning to other alternative medicines and therapies for pain management. Here we have collected five such treatments that have been found very effective against pain.

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Acupuncture

The healing art of ancient Chinese, i.e. acupuncture has been practiced for at least 2,000 years. It includes insertion of very fine needles to various specific points on the skin. It is done in order to regulate movement in accordance to the human body’s meridian system. Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in the cure of pain.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is a bioelectricity technology where by using conductive electrode pads low-frequency bioelectrical pulses are directed to muscles. Muscles contract and relax in response to these impulses that ultimately generate relaxing sensations. There are several tools like T.E.N.S. that uses electrodes through the skin to relieve pain. One can also find several machines that employs electrotherapy to reduce pain like analog tens units, digital tens units, etc.

Aromatherapy

Various scents from essential oils are used in aromatherapy. They are either applied to skin or inhaled. From thousands of years, aroma has been used for health purposes. They play a significant role in Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Romans and Greek medical systems. At present, they are used as an excellent alternative for the treatment of wide variety of pain.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is an alternative means that facilitate relaxation and prompt an altered state of consciousness. This psychological shift is further used to help people gain control of their consciousness, which ultimately helps them to control their body, including pain symptoms. This therapy also helps in subsiding pain by eliminating the need for medication by decreases anxiety which is usually associated with pain.

Massage

Massage not only feels great, but it is also a great mean and tried and tested method for healing various kinds of pain. Massage directly influences blood circulation, nervous systems, lymphatic system and soft tissues of body. The role of massage in pain management can never be underrated. Used from ancient times, it is one of the most efficient therapies against pain.

Apart from these therapies, there is relaxation therapy, Tai chi and so on which are great alternatives to cure pain.