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    A TENS machine is an electronic pain relieving device.

    What is a TENS Machine?

    What Conditions may a TENS Machine help to Relieve Pain?

    What are the Benefits of using a TENS Machine?

    How Does a TENS Machine Relieve Your Pain?

    What is a TENS Machine?

    A TENS machine provides an easy to use and drug free method of electronic pain relief.

    TENS is an abbreviation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Transcutaneous means "across the skin". In simple terms, a tens machine stimulates your nerves via an electrical current through your skin.

    A tens machine is usually a small battery operated machine that produces pain relieving electrical pulses. Either two (single channel) or four (dual channel) self-adhesive tens machine electrodes are applied to the skin and attached to the tens machine with lead wires.

    Modified electrical pulses are then passed from the tens machine, via the lead wires and tens electrodes, to the nerves which lie underneath the skin surface.

    The tens machine electrodes are normally positioned over the area of pain but other more advanced tens applications may often prove better.  

    Seek Professional Advice

    Your TENS machine is an electronic pain relieving machine that may assist you in the relief of pain. An EMS machine is an electrical muscle stimulator that may assist muscle strengthening. TENS machines and EMS machines should always be used as directed and under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner. 

    Your physiotherapist is an expert in the application of a TENS machine or an EMS machine.  Please ask your physiotherapist or health practitioner for specific advice to assist your pain relief via a TENS machine. 

    Always read the instruction manual prior to use. If symptoms persist we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your physiotherapist or a suitably trained health professional.

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    What Conditions may a TENS Machine or EMS Machine help to Relieve Pain?

    Acute Pain 

    Chronic Pain 

    Chronic Back Pain 

    Dyspnoea (breathlessness ) in COPD

    Fibromyalgia 

    Haemodynamics (Muscle Blood Flow)

    Headache 

    Knee Osteoarthritis 

    Labour Pain

    Muscle Strengthening

    Neck Pain 

    Osteoarthritis 

    Pelvic Pain Syndrome 

    Phantom Limb Pain (Post-Amputation) 

    Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)

    Postpartum Dysparunia 

    Post-surgical Pain

    Post-stroke hand function, muscle strength and spasticity 

    Primary Dysmenorrhea

    Rheumatoid Arthritis 

    Tendinopathy 

    Trigger Points

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    What are the Benefits of using a TENS Machine?

    • A TENS machine does not involve the use of drugs.
    • A TENS machine is a strong electronic pain reliever. 
    • A TENS machine is very powerful even though it is only battery powered. 
    • A TENS machine is portable because they are battery powered. You can take your TENS machine anywhere.
    • A TENS machine is commonly used as an alternative to epidurals and other drugs during labour.

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    How Does a TENS Machine Relieve Your Pain?

    A number of scientific studies have confirmed that a TENS machine can be effective for postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. 

    There are two main methods that a TENS machine uses to provide you with pain relief. Andrews et al 2004

  • Pain Gating - Bombarding your nerves with "pleasant" sensations to override the pain signals. 

  • Stimulation of Chemical Release;- Endogenous Opioids and Serotonin

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  • How to Choose the Best TENS Machine for Your Needs

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    Choosing the Best TENS machine or EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulator) for your individual needs is often difficult.

    To help you, PhysioWorks has designed a Quick Online Interactive TENS Machine Decision App.

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    Where to Position Your TENS Machine Electrodes?

    For specific advice on TENS machine electrode placements and TENS machine settings you are advised to seek the professional assistance of a health professional with expertise in the use of TENS machines such as your physiotherapist.

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    Where NOT to Use Your TENS Machine

    TENS or EMS electrodes should NEVER be placed:

    • Across your eyes (intraocular pressure) or brain.
    • On the front of your neck due to the risk of acute hypotension (through a vasovagal reflex) or even a laryngospasm.
    • Through the chest (using a front and rear of chest wall electrode positions). Either side of your spinal column is permitted.
    • Across an artificial cardiac pacemaker (or other indwelling stimulator, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), including across its leads) due to risk of interference and failure of the implanted device. Serious accidents have been recorded in cases when this principle was not observed.
    • On open wounds or broken skin areas (although it can be placed around wounds.
    • Over a malignant tumour (based on experiments where electricity promotes cell growth).
    • Directly over the spinal column (although it can be placed either side of your spinal column).
    • Over mucosal membranes or internally, except for specific applications of dental, vaginal, and anal stimulation that employ specialised TENS units.
    • Head or neck of stroke or epilepsy patients.
    • Pregnant uterus.
    • On areas of numb skin/decreased sensation TENS should be used with caution because it's likely less effective due to nerve damage. It may also cause skin irritation due to the inability to feel currents until they are too high.
    • Areas of Infection. There's an unknown level of risk when placing electrodes over an infection (possible spreading due to muscle contractions). Cross contamination with the electrodes themselves is of greater concern eg dermatological conditions.

    Seek Professional Advice

    Your TENS machine is an electronic pain relieving machine that may assist you in the relief of pain. An EMS machine is an electrical muscle stimulator that may assist muscle strengthening. TENS machines and EMS machines should always be used as directed and under the guidance of your healthcare practitioner. 

    Your physiotherapist is an expert in the application of a TENS machine or an EMS machine.  Please ask your physiotherapist or health practitioner for specific advice to assist your pain relief via a TENS machine. 

    Always read the instruction manual prior to use. If symptoms persist we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your physiotherapist or a suitably trained health professional.

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