What is a TENS Machine?
TENS is a easy to use electronic method of pain relief used by physiotherapists and hospital pain clinics since the 1960's.
TENS is an abbreviation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Transcutaneous means "across the skin". In simple terms, a TENS machine stimulates your nerves via an electrical current through your skin.
A TENS machine is usually a small battery operated box that produces pain relieving electrical pulses. Either two (single channel) or four (dual channel) self-adhesive electrodes are applied to the skin and attached to the TENS machine with lead wires.
Modified electrical pulses are then passed from the TENS machine via the lead wires and TENS machine electrodes, to the nerves which lie underneath the skin surface. The experience you normally feel is a comfortable tingle. Importantly, your TENS machine application should never feel painful.
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Your TENS machine is an electronic pain relieving machine that may assist you in the relief of pain. An EMS machine is an electrical muscle stimulator that may assist muscle strengthening. TENS machines and EMS machines should always be used as directed and under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.
Your physiotherapist is an expert in the application of a TENS machine or an EMS machine. Please ask your physiotherapist or health practitioner for specific advice to assist your pain relief via a TENS machine.
Always read the instruction manual prior to use. If symptoms persist we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your physiotherapist or a suitably trained health professional.
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