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Why Quality TENS Electrodes Are Crucial To TENS Use

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

A TENS unit is a medical equipment that is used as part of pain management by helping block pain signals to the brain. TENS is an abbreviation of the longer term, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation that is primarily used to help ease pain after a medical operation, control joint and muscle pains and even manage chronic pain. The therapy involves utilizing a TENS unit electrode that are attached unto the skin which then emits a very weak electrical current. The current then passes unto the skin and into the nerve endings underneath.

TENS Electrodes placed on a body

TENS Electrodes placed on a body

The TENS electrodes are then attached to a TENS Unit which is a small battery powered devise wherein the weak electrical signals are generated. The intensity of the small electrical shock can be controlled on the TENS unit as well as the duration and the frequency of the shock. The electrical current generated by the TENS unit replaces the pain signals that is being sent by the nerve endings unto the brain in a way blocking them. Depending on the degree of the electrical current, a high frequency helps to block pain signals while a low frequency helps in the release of endorphins.  A TENS unit cannot be used by everyone. For instance, those who happen to have pacemakers are not allowed to use TENS therapy since the electrical signal can interrupt the pacemakers function. Those who are sensitive to even the slightest electrical shock are also not allowed.

A TENS unit electrode should be of high quality to get the most out of the electrical charge generated from a TENS unit. The efficacy and effectiveness of the TENS therapy highly depends on the quality of the TENS electrodes since these are the components that are attached unto the skin in pads. The electrodes should be able to transmit the electrical signals being generated by the unit effectively unto the pad ends attached on the skin and down under the nerves for effective stimulation and pain management. Using electrodes of dubious quality might pose unnecessary risks to an individual receiving the treatment and can even damage a TENS unit altogether.

Tens Unit Electrodes For Relief From Pain

Monday, March 8th, 2010

When pain is severe and constant then it has to be restricted. Chronic pain can become really unbearable if not treated at the right time and with the most effective techniques. It can affect your daily life, work efficiency, sleep and wreak havoc on your peace of mind. Instead of living with the pain and being miserable, it is best to control the pain. Tens unit therapy can help in this regard. Tens unit electrodes are apparatus which go a long way in relieving pain. This method has proved to be effective.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or “TENS” is portable, battery-operated machine that produces electrical impulses which stimulate nerves. The signals are mild and harmless, yet they are effective enough stop pain messages from being put out to the brain and possibly will increase the level of endorphins (natural pain killers produced by the brain). The unit uses two or more Tens unit electrodes to make contact with the skin.

In a TENS units, small Tens unit electrode pads attached to leads are placed at the spot of the pain with at least one inch (2.5 centimeters) between them. The TENS unit is switched on, producing a small electrical shock which stimulates the nerves in the area. The intensity, frequency, and duration of the shock can be controlled at the base TENS unit, which can be designed to be worn through the day or be a bulkier device for use in a medical office. Studies have suggested that at a high frequency, TENS units block pain signals to the brain, while lower frequencies may stimulate the creation of endorphins. The use of a TENS unit is accompanied with a mild tingling sensation, but should not involve muscle contraction.

TENS is safe nerve stimulation which decreases pain, both severe and chronic, and gives relief to the patient. It is very effective for postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Tens unit electrodes are commonly used to take care of low back pain and neck pain. The exact nerves targeted will decide the area of pain relief.

TENS machines electrode pads seem to be well-liked for various painful conditions. Their popularity would mean that they may well have some effect to reduce pain. However, the amount that the pain is eased is likely to vary from person to person with the same condition. TENS unit electrodes should only be used on the advice of a doctor or other health professional.