Pain is a highly unpleasant sensory reaction caused by pressure or damaging within your body due to stimuli. This is a warning system that your body uses to prevent future injury and to make you aware to which part of your body is in danger and why. The motivation that pain provides to withdraw from the situation at hand can protect vital body parts, and decrease the possibility of long term pain or injury. An example of this can be felt in a burn while cooking, that reaction that you feel as your damaged appendage sends a signal up into your brain is what will cause you to pull your hand back and run it beneath cold water to decrease the heat and amplify cooling.
Unfortunately, sometimes pain persists, even when the offending stimulus has been removed, and the area of interest has healed as much as your body will allow naturally. This can happen due to permanent damage, disease, or undetectable stimuli that are still affecting your body. At these time, additional measures such advanced pain management systems may be required.
Depending on the type of pain involved, and how serious the offending injury is, chronic pain conditions can be treated with the use of drugs, ointments, surgery, and varying degrees of heat and cold. Some of these treatments are combined into one plan of action, while others are utilized individually. Each case will have its own level of success based on how well the treatment interacts with the type of physical pain at hand. This means that there is no one treatment that is guaranteed to work, and unfortunately, some even have harmful side effects to consider.
The TENS unit is a unique method of pain relief that offers an alternative treatment to conquer chronic symptoms. It can be used in various areas of your body depending on where the pain is affecting you the most, and can be safer than some other forms of treatment.
TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator, and it works as a pain treatment system through electrotherapy. The unit sends light electrical pulses into your body through your skin by the use of electrodes, which are placed over peripheral nerves. The TENS unit works by sending high frequency electrical signals that are both continuous and mild to block out those pain signals that are being delivered to your brain. When these pain signals are halted, pain isn’t felt by the reactive area and you get relief. Low frequency bursts of mild electrotherapy also help your natural pain control response to activate, and these beta endorphins ease the pain that you’re feeling. The type of electrotherapy equipment that you should use will be determined by your doctor, so ask about how it could help with your particular chronic pain symptoms.
Yes, TENS devices are tested and safe, and have no known side effects to be concerned about during or following usage. The idea of the electrical impulses entering your skin and muscle tissue might be alarming at first, but the treatment is not painful. In fact, most users of these devices compare the sensation that they experience to that of a vibration rather than any type of shock or electric energy. There are many different styles of TENS units and electrodes to choose from for your skin type and pain.
No, although many patients will be able to use these devices quite safely, those patients with pacemakers for heart conditions, or who are currently pregnant should not use a TENS unit. All patients who are considering the use of these units should consult a clinician or medical doctor to make sure that you have no conditions which might prevent its use. Your physician can also tell you which device type is best for your body, and explain why and how it could ease your symptoms, and make life easier.
TENS devices have been very successful in treating a wide range of chronic pain ailments in a variety of different body types, but there is never a guarantee that it will work for your specific condition. The high success rate of this style of treatment has motivated many medical professionals to refer them to patients who suffer from continuing pain symptoms, whether mild or harsh, and results have been favorable in most users. Although the TENS devices work on nearly any type of pain, the most common conditions that the units work for are chronic and acute pain in the following regions or categories:
All of the TENS products come with a 5 year warranty, which covers any mechanical or manufacturers defects that may arise.
All TENS products are made, assembled, and tested in the United States.
Yes, all of the TENS devices require a prescription from a physician, except for the Rebound unit. The prescription can be faxed or e-mailed through information provided on our contact page.