How Do Tens Units Work For Lower Back Pain?
“TENS” or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a system that’s portable, pocket size and battery-operated which sends electrical impulses to the source of pain to block nerve pain signals registering with the brain.
A Tens Unit works on lower back pain by producing mild electrical currents through pads on the tens device (with the help of conductor gel) to the spine. These mild electrical currents are powerful enough to prevent pain messages being transmitted to the brain from the spine and so the feeling of pain decreases.
Tens units also work on lower back pain sufferers by raising their endorphin levels in the bloodstream.
Endorphins are our body’s natural pain killers and not only decrease pain but also elevate the mood and make a person feel better.
After 10 minutes or so, you often feel lighter and more relaxed!
In short, TENS helps to break muscle and nerve immobilisation by intercepting pain signals being sent to the brain.
Tens Unit Side Effects?
Most modern TENS have sensitive adjustable settings to control the amplitude (intensity) of electrical stimulation by controlling the voltage output.
If you have the settings too high for comfort you’ll know in an instant! All you have to do is turn the setting down as the tens unit machine runs and it will correct itself.
It’s always a good idea to use a small amount of conductor gel on the pain area and then place the tens electrode pads on the painful spinal area.
Through the electrodes, the current travels into the skin stimulating the specific nerve pathways producing a tingling or a massaging sensation which reduces the perception of pain.
Side effects of a tens on a normal healthy adult are minimal such as a slight discomfort feeling because of the pulsing sensation.
TENS is a safe, drug-free solution for pain management and it’s also reliable and a noninvasive.
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(please note if you have underlying heart or health conditions please consult with your Doctor before using tens-see medical disclaimer page for this blog’s medical terms and conditions)