If you’ve ever had a TENS machine (or even if you’re thinking about it), you may wonder what it’s all about. What exactly is it, and how does it work? TENS machines are battery-powered devices that deliver small amounts of electrical current directly to various parts of the body. This treatment is used more in today’s medical field to help patients with many different conditions, including pain relief for arthritis, muscle spasms, and more.
The concept behind the TENS machine is quite simple – essentially, a device is used to provide small electrical pulses along with the proper amount of pressure to target specific areas of the body. Essentially, it’s the same concept as acupuncture, but on a smaller scale. TENS machines work by applying gentle, continuous pressure to targeted areas of the skin. These pads can either be used on the top of the body or the bottom, either separately or together. They are often used in conjunction with a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) machine.
Generally speaking, TENS machines work by “charging” the skin and delivering small electrical pulses along the skin’s surface. This electrical pulse works to target painful areas by reducing the skin’s sensitivity to pain signals. In theory, this should make the pain of the condition should decrease. However, there are a few drawbacks to using TENS machines, mainly because they require surgery and can be addictive. Also, over time, these pads can begin to wear off, causing some skin irritation and shortening the life span of the electrodes.
So, how can TENS machines help with back pain treatment? TENS machines have been widely used for back pain treatment and several other reasons – the key reason is that they are extremely portable. The machines are not hooked up to someone’s body at all, so they don’t require an invasive installation. Instead, put them in your home; they are ready to use. Some models can even be taken with you in the car. It makes TENS therapy convenient for anyone who finds it hard to stick to a treatment regimen.
TENS machine have several other health benefits as well. By delivering the electric current directly to the skin, they can reduce muscle spasms, relax muscles, and even ease the discomfort of aching muscles. Also, by reducing muscle tension, the machine can relieve some of the pain caused by stiffness. Since these machines deliver small amounts of electric current, it is easy to see why many people consider them to be a safe and natural way to relieve pain.
Before you start using a TENS machine, be sure to consult with your doctor. Only your doctor can make sure that your back pain clinic is properly equipped to administer TENS therapy. If you choose to go this route, your doctor will provide you with further information about TENS machines and how they work. Your physiotherapist should also be able to help you figure out what equipment you’ll need to use at your pain clinic.