Understanding Pain Management With An Electrical Muscle Stimulation Unit or TENS Unit

We all understand pain in one form or another, and depending on the severity it can ruin the quality of life. There are several options when it comes to controlling pain depending on the cause and intensity, from pain that occurs at night, to discomfort caused by muscle spasms, to constant chronic pain that’s often not easy to treat. Pain will occur due to a wide variety of issues. You can be in pain from a disease, from a fall, from any injury or condition. Pin pointing what is causing you pain is often difficult.

Luckily, pain can be manageable; it doesn’t have to ruin your life. The TENS pain management system allows you to live comfortably even if you are suffering from a hard to treat or diagnosed medical condition.

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation and works by stimulating the sensory nerves with a small electrical charge in order to relieve the user from pain. TENS has been approved by the FDA and has slowly become one of the most popular choices for pain management. While there are other treatments for pain on the market, they often do not have the same success rate as TENS, and in many cases they tend to be more expensive.

TENS is also a drug free approach to pain relief which allows people with certain allergies, or who are against using pain medication to use a pain management treatment that they can live with.

In order to get your hands on a TENS unit you must first visit your doctor and tell them about your pain issues and find out if using a TENS unit is a viable option. Your physician will make sure you are applicable for the device and once you get approved you can anchor the unit to your body and stimulate the electrodes that are causing you pain. Relief is provided in much the same way that acupuncture provides relief.

By stimulating the damaged areas where the pain is occurring, you can experience relief in less than thirty minutes. It is important to understand that the delay is necessary because of the way the TENS system works so it’s important that you don’t get disheartened because it doesn’t kick in right away. While it might take a while to get the full effect of the system it is also one of the longest lasting ways to get pain relief.

A TENS unit is small, convenient and effective, about the size of a tape recorder. It is also one of the most efficient ways to treat any pain you might be experiencing. Of course, you can only get a TENS unit with the approval of a doctor because they are only available via prescription. TENS is also not recommended for pregnant women or anyone wearing a pacemaker. Other than that the TENS is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat systematic pain whether it comes from arthritis, bursitis or other cause of pain that it is said to treat.

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