... stim. Just wondering what you think of it and how it works to take the pain away? Why can you not use it on your spine? I just got mine
Hi this is the description of how the machine works according to Wikipedia, and i think it is a good explanation; Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS by definition covers the complete range of transcutaneously applied currents used for nerve excitation although the term is often used with a more restrictive intent, namely to describe the kind of pulses produced by portable stimulators used to treat pain. The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. Generally TENS is applied at high frequency (>50 Hz) with an intensity below motor contraction (sensory intensity) or low frequency (<10 Hz) with an intensity that produces motor contraction.
When you say it can't be used on your spine, do you mean back? I wasn't aware that it can't be used on your back?
Anyway, the TENS machine is a great way of relieving pain naturally, so many people have had great success with it, so i'd definitely recommend giving it a go!
I have one, and love it. But unfortunately for me it only works WHILE I use it, once I remove the patches, pain rushes back. But while its on my whole back goes numb. Better to be numb than in pain though. I fell asleep with mine on. My dr said never do that. I guess maybe too much nerve stimulation can damage you and the nerves. But for each of my sessions, I feel pretty good. Think I need to go use it now, as a matter of fact. Horrible pain in my neck and shoulders happening.
Here is a site that explains all about the TENS unit including proper use and where not to put it on your body. Note the article is numerous pages with links on the right.
Hope this helps. I have a unit which I haven't used in years. But I still have it just in case.
I also have a TENS unit and think it works great. It is a temporary solution to relieve pain in the back.
However, I went to a special therapist who uses a microcurrent machine that goes through your body to find the resistence of energy (inflammation usually) and then it works on it to regenerate and energize the cells that are ill you might say.
She worked on my back for an hour and after two sessions, I had such relief that lasted two weeks. It was wonderful. I am supposed to have up to 10 to 15 sessions but I want to go into traction to fix my DDD before I returned.
I am tempted to go back anyway since I have not made appt with my pain doc for the traction yet.
TENS are great though and the results did last for me a day or two. You don't put it ON the spine but AROUND the spine. That way it affects the nerves and muscles in the area. I have used mine while reading my books. It worked for me. My problem is I sweat from Fibro and the sticky tabs sometimes dont stick so well.
I use my TENS unit often, and have for the past 23 years or so (2 different machines but the first unit still works). I find that it distracts the brain from the pain. I am allergic somewhat to the electrodes and can only use it in an area every 1 to 2 weeks or i get a painful rash. I have to be sure to put the electrodes in different spots. But that's just me, I don't know of anyone else having this. The only restriction I have heard on use is using it so the current passes through the neck - you need to be careful not to make an 'X' with the electrodes, with your neck being in the center. Definitely worth a try - it works as another tool in managing my pain.
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