TENS Machine Therapy
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine therapy is a non-invasive pain management technique that uses a small, portable device to deliver electrical impulses to the body through electrodes placed on the skin. It is commonly used to help relieve acute or chronic pain.
The TENS machine consists of a battery-operated device that generates electrical currents of adjustable intensity and frequency. The electrodes are typically attached to the skin near the area of pain or along the path of the affected nerve.
The electrical impulses produced by the TENS machine are thought to work in several ways including the Gate Control Theory, Endorphin Release theory and Central Nervous System Modulation theory.
TENS machine therapy is generally well-tolerated and can be adjusted to provide different levels of stimulation depending on the individual's comfort and response. It is commonly used for various conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, nerve pain (such as neuropathy or sciatica), arthritis pain, and postoperative pain.
It's important to note that TENS machine therapy is generally considered safe when used correctly, but it may not be suitable for everyone.