Pain Management Solution With Electric TENS Massage

Using a TENS unit to manage pain

If you have neck or back pain and are frustrated with traditional medicine of drugs and muscle relaxers not working, I may have the solution for you.

How a TENS Unit Helped Me

A Tens Unit may not be for everyone

For over ten years I have used this TENS pain management unit and it has been a life saver. My chiropractor first supplied me with this small take home unit to supplement in office TENS therapy for whiplash after a car accident. I have used intermittently throughout the years to address my chronic back pain.

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My back issues started with scoliosis as a teenager and I wore a back brace for several years. Although my orthopedist said scoliosis would not cause back problems as an adult, I am skeptical about that opinion considering I have had back problems my entire life with pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease and arthritis starting in my late twenties and early thirties.

Before I go on, I do want to say I am not a doctor and It is recommended to consult a medical professional before starting any new health treatment, including TENS unit for pain management. (that’s my disclaimer)

What is TENs Therapy?

How does TENS therapy work?

TENS is short for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Now you know why it’s shortened to TENS. The concept is actually pretty simple, electrical pulses travel through pads placed on the skin to improve nerve function and control muscle pain and spasms.

To me my TENS treatment feels like a micro muscle massage that allows the muscles to relax and helps with swelling. I love a good massage, and I use my TENS as personal mini massage. There are plenty of more medically related websites (WebMD) which go into the scientific detail on how TENS actually works, but I’m just providing a review of the TENS device I use and how it works for my situation.

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Can You Wear Your TENS device to Work?

How comfortable is a TENS?

So often pain is a result of tightened muscles that prevent movement, for example I lose range of motion in my neck when my muscles are inflamed and swollen. I will place the four electrode leads to specific places on my neck and adjust the strength of the current to a level that is comfortable. The TENS device will then cycle on and off every 30 minutes for as long as I wear it, depending on the settings.

I have worn my TENS unit to work under my clothes, walked around the house to do chores and sat watching TV while wearing my TENS. Most people don’t know I’m even wearing it unless I let the cords dangle. Normally the treatment only takes a day or so and I can tell a big difference in my neck mobility and pain.

Tutorial on Using a TENS Pain Management System

Learn how to use a TENS unit

Is a TENS Unit right for you?

TENS pain management addresses several health issues

I can’t tell you if a TENS unit is right for you, but I would highly recommend discussing the option with your physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist. They are commonly recommended for osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, tendinitis and even cancer pain.

If your medical professional has suggested a TENS device for pain management then congratulations, I truly am happy for you. If anything, the tiny electrical impulses creates a massage-like feeling that is relaxing makes me feel better.

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More TENS videos on Pain Management

Learn if a TENS unit is right for you

See how regular people use TENS therapy and if it will work for you. As with any medical device it is always good to get the advice of a physician or medical professional for the best results. But, TENS is non evasive, economical and for most people has no side effects and provides pain relief.

If you ever wondered how a TENS device works, where you can wear it, and how it controls pain this video shows real people using wearing the electrode leads whiles working, relaxing and doing everyday activities

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3 Comments

  1. TENS Units are great to help manage pain, used one for many years.

  2. Sounds very interesting.. been reading about it for a while, need to see if a TENS unit will help main management for my arthritic hip

  3. Gypzeerose

    I am very happy to find this. I have a knee that is driving me crazy. I would love to get some relief from a TENS unit.

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