TENS stands for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying that you are using mild electrical currents to give patients pain relief. While this sounds like something from a science fiction movie, TENS is quite safe and effective, and it has been used to help control muscle spasms, cramps and pain in both sports injuries, arthritis and more, and many clinics and surgeries now have a TENS unit.
Tens works by attaching pads directly to the skin of affected part of the body. When the machine is turned on, it runs mild electrical impulses through the pads and onto your skin. Patients will feel a tingling sensation, and the electricity reduces the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They may also encourage endorphins, your bodies own pain killer. So while TENS doesn’t solve the causes of pain, it may give you effective relief.
In this department, we’ve done our research on TENS, and everything we’ve learned has been condensed into our easy to read articles. We’ve got advice for those considering using it and we also discuss whether to go to a clinic for it or buy a personal TENS machine for home use.