What is TENS?
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) is a type of electrotherapy equipment that works by sending small electrical pulses through the skin via ten unit electrodes to the underlying peripheral nerves. TENS is thought to work in two ways. First, “high frequency” continuous, mild, electrical activity blocks the pain signal traveling to the brain. Brain cells perceive pain. If the pain signal does not get through to the brain, the pain is not “felt.” The second way is by stimulating the body’s own natural pain-control mechanism. “Low frequency” or short bursts of mild electrical activity cause the body to release its own pain easers called beta endorphins.
Although the thought of electrical impulses being sent into the body may seem frightening at first, all you really feel is a slight vibrating sensation through the tens unit electrode. Unlike many drugs, TENS devices have no known side effects and there are many TENS unit electrodes to choose from for varying skin types.
How Can TENS assist in treating chronic pain?
Chronic pain has been treated with ointments, surgery and drugs with varying degrees of success. Since each person and pain condition is different, no single treatment will work best for everyone. Many of these treatments have harmful side effects. Drugs can cause dependency, while surgery carries its own risk. TENS on the other hand offers a unique alternative method to pain relief.
What are the areas related to athletic injuries where TENS treatment can provide the greatest benefit ?
TENS devices have been successfully used to achieve the following conditions commonly associated with athletic injuries:
Why choose the BioMedical Life TENS System?
BioMedical Life Systems, Inc. has been manufacturing electro-modalities for over 30 years. We manufacture quality devices that are both user friendly and proven effective in pain relief.
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