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My first used a TENS machine, around 1990, when I was suffering from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (RSI), due to too much typing. TENS saved me from surgery & got my muscles string again.
I have been working with TENS machines since 2006, when is was invited to a 'Manipulative Muscle course which includes, using TENS to stimulate muscles, nerves, strengthening & weakening muscles. Since then I have attended many advanced training sessions.
I have found TENS very helpful in treating all sorts of musculoskeletal conditions including - Headaches, Frozen Shoulder, Hip & Shoulder Bursitis, Lower Back pain, SI Joint disfunction, Sciatica, HamString tears, Sprained Ankles & Core in balances, to name a few.
Because of my vast experience using TENS I was recently invited to be a Professional Partner with ActivLife Technologies, the only Australian manufacturer of TENS. ActivLife are the TENS experts and are backed by 40 years of research.
I offer free demonstrations of TENS and can help you develop a pain management plan incorporating them.
What is a TENS machine
A TENS machine is a small medical device and stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A TENS control unit is connected to electrodes (sticky pads) via a lead. The pads are placed on the body the site of pain or injury or at major sensory nerve gatherings. I can advise on appropriate electrode placement for your condition.
The control unit sends mild electrical pulses to the body for the purpose of pain relief, injury recovery or muscle strengthening.
A TENS machine can be used anytime of the day as required.
How does TENS Work for Pain Relief
The pain relief from TENS machines works in numerous ways. One of them is the pain gating theory which is activated by high frequencies of 50Hz or more. The other method is that it helps stimulate endorphins, the bodies natural painkiller.
The pain gating which is termed “Gate Control Theory” was first proposed by Melzac and Wall in 1965. Put simply, the non-painful signal competes with the painful signal resulting in less pain.
The endorphin effect occurs at lower frequencies when used for 45 minutes or more. The release of endorphins can provide pain relief beyond the period of use of the TENS machine.