What is a tens unit?
TENS machines are commonly used to alleviate pain, especially for conditions like muscle or joint pain, arthritis, and certain nerve-related conditions. The electrical impulses generated by the TENS unit can help to disrupt pain signals to the brain, providing relief and reducing discomfort in the treated area.
TENS units are available in both battery-operated and plug-in versions, allowing for flexibility in usage and portability. It’s essential to use TENS devices under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as they can provide effective pain management when used correctly and safely.
How does a tens unit work?
TENS therapy involves delivering small electrical impulses to specific areas of the body, typically where pain is experienced. These electrical impulses aim to reduce the transmission of pain signals to the spinal cord, which can lead to a decrease in the perception of pain. Additionally, TENS can promote muscle relaxation, further contributing to pain relief and overall comfort.
By using TENS, individuals experiencing various types of pain, such as muscle or joint pain, neuropathic pain, or chronic pain conditions, may find relief and improved quality of life. Consult with Dr. Wendy Brackeen before using a TENS device to ensure it is appropriate for your specific condition and to receive proper guidance on how to use the device effectively and safely.
How can a tens unit benefit you?
Indeed, research has demonstrated that Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) can have positive effects on reducing inflammation, decreasing swelling, and enhancing circulation, which can contribute to improved tissue healing.
By using electrical impulses to stimulate the affected areas, TENS can help to reduce inflammation by promoting blood flow and increasing the release of certain substances that aid in the body’s natural healing processes. This increased circulation can facilitate the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injured or inflamed tissues, supporting their recovery.
Moreover, TENS can also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body. The release of endorphins can further help in reducing pain and discomfort, allowing the affected tissues to heal more effectively. However, while TENS can be a beneficial adjunct to other treatments in promoting tissue healing, it’s essential to note that it may not be a standalone solution for all conditions. As with any medical intervention, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for your specific needs and condition.
What happens during a tens unit session?
TENS therapy is one of the treatments offered at our office, and it may also be included in your personalized physical therapy treatment plan. While you have the option to purchase a TENS unit at a local pharmacy, we recommend consulting with Dr. Wendy Brackeen first to ensure you find the most suitable device or treatment plan for your specific needs.
When administering TENS therapy, our pain management specialists will determine the appropriate placement of the electrodes and adjust the voltage settings to achieve the best pain relief for you. We have found that patients experience the most significant benefits from TENS therapy when used in conjunction with physical therapy.
It’s important to note that some patients may become accustomed to using a TENS unit, and as a result, the effectiveness of the treatment may diminish over time. In such cases, it’s crucial to discuss your experience with Dr. Wendy Brackeen, as she can help assess whether TENS therapy continues to be a beneficial option for you or if alternative treatments should be considered.
By collaborating with Dr. Wendy Brackeen and our pain management specialists, you can receive the most appropriate and effective treatment to address your specific pain management needs and promote your overall well-being.