TENS Unit Muscle Stimulator Q&A

How does TENS work?

Electrode pads are placed precisely on or near the pain areas. Soothing pulses are sent from the TENS unit through the pads to the skin. The pulses then travel along the connecting nerve fibers, suppressing pain signals to the brain. TENS can also encourage the body to produce higher levels of Endorphins and Encephalin, which are the body's own natural pain killers.

What kind of conditions can a TENS Unit help?

Numerous painful conditions can be treated by TENS including:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tension headaches and Migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea)
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Shingles Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)
  • Phantom Limb Pain (PLP)
  • Aching Joints
  • Post-Operative Pain
  • Muscle pain and related conditions
What types of pain can NOT be treated by TENS?

The TENS units are NOT to be used on the face head or neck. There are specific machines with micro currents designed for these specific applications.

Who can use TENS?

Almost anyone seeking relief from chronic pain caused by any number of ailments such as arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and MS can experience the relief through using TENS. DO NOT USE the product if you have a cardiac pacemaker or an existing cardiac condition, implanted metal devices/screws areas of the body, are pregnant or suffer from epilepsy.

What are the risks?

When used according to direction, a TENS unit is perfectly safe and has no adverse risks as long as it is used correctly. TENS unites have been shown in repeated clinical trials an in practice to be 100% safe, posing no long or short-term health risks associated with use.

What are the side effects of using TENS?

None. Unlike traditional methods of pain relief, which are normally narcotic in nature and highly habit-forming, a TENS unit has no known adverse side effects when used as directed. The TENS units provide safe, effective and drug-free treatment. It is recommended to slowly increase the intensity of therapy on designated areas of the body. Too much power output can be too intense and uncomfortable for some individuals.

How do I position the electrodes?

Position the electrodes on top of or around the area that is most painful for the most effective results. If you can, use all four electrodes simultaneously. Electrodes ought to be positioned between 0.5-1.5 inches apart from one another.

How often should I use a TENS unit?

The recommended practice is to use 1-2 times per treatment areas per day.

Can I use a TENS unit if I have a pacemaker?

Do NOT use this device if you have a cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, or other implanted metallic or electronic device. Such use could cause electric shock, burns, electrical interference, or DEATH.

Why is my skin red or irritated?

If your skin is feeling numb, then either the treatment is too powerful or you may be overusing the device. Reduce the usage or lower the intensity of the treatment. If your skin becomes particularly red or a rash develops, you may be having a reaction to the gel on the pads. However, particularly sensitive people may experience redness or rash. If this happens, discontinue use immediately and consult a medical professional.

Can the pads be cleaned between uses?

Yes. Clean the pads with a damp cloth. If they are too dirty or your skin feels numb after the pads are cleaned, replace the pads.

Where can I purchase replacement pads?

You can purchase replacement pads from our main site by searching "easy@home TENS pads" on Healthcare-manager.com. Make sure you buy the replacement pad that work with the TENS unit you own.