TENS unit therapy is easily one of the best ways to help ease pain. They are great because of their ease of use and portability; you can relieve your chronic pain at home. Most commonly, TENS units are used to treat injuries, osteoarthritis and chronic pain. You may have used a TENS machine if you have ever had physical therapy or been treated for pain relief at a chiropractors office. Home TENS use is a relatively new adaptation of technology. They are a safe and non-invasive way to relieve pain. I suggest getting approval as well as advice from a licensed physician.
Let’s look at the basics behind TENS. A TENS Unit relieves pain by sending electrical impulses by way of small electrodes placed on the skin. When used properly, it doesn’t hurt, if it does or muscles get to twitching, then the settings are too high. These electrical impulses send signals to nerve endings under the skin and on to the brain. The signal that gets sent to the brain reduces the feeling of pain and creates a tingling sensation. Many people use home tens units to reduce consumption of pain medication. Pain killers have multiple side effects, whereas, TENS units have none, so this makes them a healthier way to manage pain.
If you’re like me and are against using pain medicine, a home tens unit works great. My portable tens unit is small enough that you can use it in the car, on breaks at work, and pretty much anywhere. The portability of TENS pain relief is a huge advantage over traditional pain relief measures.
You can also choose a combination with electrical muscle stimulation. TENS and muscle stimulators (EMS) are similar in that they both use electrical nerve stimulation to treat various injuries and conditions. Muscle stimulators work mostly for healing and rebuilding muscle. TENS is a way to temporarily ease pain. A TENS machine stimulates nerve endings and the muscle stimulator stimulates the muscle motor nerves. The combination of the two can’t be beat as far as cost and health; convenience and pain management are concerned.
Brands of Home TENS Units
Home TENS units are cost effective and can be used every day several times a day as needed. You will get plenty of use out of them and this one thing alone makes them cost effective. Prices start under $100 and go up to several hundred depending on features.
Lg Med Supply has a portable tens unit for $105 that combines both TENS and EMS. It comes with both battery and AC adapter, carrying case, belt clip, 8 programs, intensity control, pulse rate, adjustable pulse width and 3 year warranty. The warranty is 100% money back satisfaction and you can’t beat that. Rated 5 stars on Amazon with all positive reviews.
Lg Med Supply also has a home TENS unit- EMS combo for $80 that isn’t as strong in intensity as the one above with less features. It too, has all positive reviews with a 5 star rating, so if you want to compare the two just check them out on Amazon for more details.
Home TENS unit therapy is an excellent non-invasive method of pain management as long as you invest in a quality unit and use them as instructed.