Things You Need to Know Before Using A TENS Unit

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If you are suffering from chronic pain, inflammatory conditions or muscle spasms, you might consider using a TENS unit at home or work. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) involves the use of low-voltage electric currents to treat pain. The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain. During the stimulation, they may also product natural chemicals-endorphins in your body, which are the body’s painkillers. It can help relieve pain and promote a feeling of well-being. However, before you attach the pads directly to your skin, there are things you should know first.


Can TENS units be used by everybody?

We put safety first. Studies have shown that TENS therapy is a safe and effective way to relieve pain. However, it is not recommended for people who are currently using a pacemaker. People with epileptic conditions or bleeding disorder are also advised against using TENS units. Otherwise, TENS electrode pads cannot be placed on open wounds or sore.


For pregnant people and children. It is very important they consult their physicians before using a TENS unit.


To summarize, if you have preexisting medical conditions or are concerned about using a TENS unit, you’d better get some professional medical advice from your doctor. These people will check your medical history and conditions to determine if you are OK for a TENS therapy.


Some Safety Tips

  1. Read The Manual and Start Small

Read the manual before you using the TENS unit. Don’t assume it is safe for you because TENS machines come in a variety of size and design. You must follow the instructions that come with your particular unit. There are reports of people being jolted the first time they used the unit with the maximum setting. Put it at the smallest setting and from there you can increase gradually.


  1. Don’t Use A TENS Unit When Wet

If your skin is wet when applying your TENS unit, or you may want to get in the shower with the device. Water and electricity don’t mingle. It may cause unpleasant electric shocks,


3.Damage to Open Wounds and Muscle Pain

As I have mentioned before, TENS unit pads cannot be placed or too closed to open wounds or damaged skin, the wound can become further irritated and may also take longer to heal. If you feel muscle pain while using TENS, you may have the intensity set too high. Try a lower setting or take a break from your TENS unit for a while.


For more information on how to use TENS units to relieve pain, please watch the video