For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a TENS unit therapy device has been launched by Dr. Kalvakuntla Sanjay and Dr. Krishnakanth Reddy. The team launched the latest form of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in the form of a chronic pain reliever aimed at offer relief from neuro-muscular discomfort. The device was launched in Begumpet, and is similar to those used in the United States. Siaset.com writes: “The relief is achieved in a non-pharmaceutical way, naturally, safely and effectively with no side-effects. The device employs Neuro modulation in the form of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. When applied near the affected site of painful area, it discharges electrical stimulation to reach underlying nerve and muscle fibers altering and or blocking pain signals through nerves, spinal cord and brain.”
Along with the blocking of pain signals to the brain, the device is also thought to help with the production of natural pain relieving chemicals through the blood stream. This can offer immense levels of support for those who are unable to use traditional methods of pain relief, or who are seeking a more natural form without medications.
Treating Yourself At Home
The way that TENS works allows many who suffer from chronic pain and other disorders causing pain to treat themselves at home without the need for a doctor. This treatment being available in countries outside of the United State means that pain relief can be sought by those who may not have the funding for long term use of medications.
The small machines must be turned on and set to the correct settings for individual treatments, then turned off until use. Following this the skin must be cleaned where the electrodes are to be placed. Sticky pads can be connected to the electrodes and placed around the painful region. This is when the machine would be activated. Medscape reports: “The results of laboratory studies suggest that electrical stimulation delivered by a TENS unit reduces pain through nociceptive inhibition at the presynaptic level in the dorsal horn, thus limiting its central transmission. The electrical stimuli on the skin preferentially activate low-threshold, myelinated nerve fibers.”
A doctor will give specific instructions on how often and how long each treatment should be. He or she can walk a patient through the process or refer them to an expert in the field of TENS technology. It is best to use the machine with a professional before trying it alone at home. The units cannot be used over skin which is broken or blistered, and should not be placed on the back or abdomen of women who are pregnant, unless under doctor’s orders during labour.
Rules regarding the machine’s use in Pakistan may differ from those in North America, but the concept behind the treatment is the same.
TENS For Pain
TENS units have been on the market in the United States for more than five decades now and offer support through various types of pain. From fibromyalgia to migraines, the machines can be purchased in varying sizes and with different numbers of electrodes to get the best possible benefits for each condition. The concept of the machine was actually discovered much further back than its introduction to modern medicine. Medicine Net advises: “For several thousand years, people have recognized that electrical stimulation can have an impact on pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is said to have used electric fish to cause numbness, and a report of gout being “cured” by accidental contact with a fish called an electric ray dates back to the first century. Later reports also described pain resolution that occurred when similar types of “electric” fish were placed on afflicted body parts.”
Fortunately, fish are no longer a part of the TENS treatment, but the idea that electrical energy can ease pain is still very much in play. In fact, ongoing research in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation has come so far that recent news even saw a few forms of paralysation treated with the stimulation, and men who had not moved their legs in more than two years felt motion for the first time. This type of breakthrough is one of many which has increased the likelihood that TENS will only evolve further as time goes on.
This new introduction of the modern neuro modulation TENS unit in Pakistan is a big step for the technology. It not only provides new methods of pain relief for people in the country, but also opens doors to the possibility of new research on the device within the country as well.
TENS does not work for everybody or every pain type and should be discussed thoroughly with a physician before use. Many of the units require a prescription, but some smaller machines can be purchased without one. Even the less intense versions should be tried with the instruction of a medical professional.