Monday, 12 July 2010

TENS Machine - An Option for Pain Management


 

Management  of pain is a problem for many medical conditions.

Some hospitals and medical centers have a pain management clinic. While some people respond well to hypnotherapy, creative therapy, massage, occupational therapy, medication and other treatment modalities, there are some who still suffer with pain.

How do TENS machines work?

Tens machines send small electrical pulses through the skin to the body. These are predominantly sent via electrodes placed onto the skin. In this way they alter the way in which the pain signal is sent to the brain and hence reduce the experience of pain.

TENS machines are thought to work in two ways.

The Tens machine sends either a high pulse rate (90 - 130 Hz) or a low pulse rate (2-5 Hz) . The high pulse rate helps to block the message of pain along the nerve being sent to the brain; while the low pulse rate stimulates the body to produce its own chemicals (endorphins) that reduce pain

Who can use a TENS machine

Since the Tens machines have virtually no side effects they are beneficial for many who experience pain. It does not matter whether the cause is Rheumatoid and Osteo-arthritis, Back pain, Menstrual Pain, Labour Pain, Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Shingles, Headache and Migraine, Cancer Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Phantom Limb Pain, Sports Injuries, Sciatica, Aching Joints, Post Operative Pain, Muscular Pain, Whiplash and Neck Injury or another cause not listed.

WARNING. PLEASE NOTE: You should obtain the medical clearance from a medical doctor prior to purchasing a Tens Machine. Anyone who suffers from any of the following, should NOT use a Tens Machince.

* When the cause of the pain is not known or not diagnosed.
* Pregnancy (unless specifically medically advised).
* Pacemakers.
* Epilepsy or certain types of heart disease.

How to use a TENS machine

As mentioned, first obtain your doctors approval, or a qualified health professional such as a physiotherapist. There are various types and brands of machine. Always follow the instructions provided by the manufactures.


May you enjoy good health free from any pain or other ailments.




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6 comments:

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  2. This is really great information found here, I really like your blog. Thanks very much for the share. Keep posting.
    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

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    1. Hi Hanna

      Thank you for commenting. Thanks too for the compliment.

      I notice you are involved in CRPS, what assistance do you offer for those suffering from pain?

      Shoshanah

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  3. Thanks so much for a great post. I'd like to know more about these topics and hope that I can receive more insight into this topic.

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    1. Thank you Alica

      What did you enjoy about the post? I have not posted much about pain management from an OT perspective, is there anything of particular interest for you?

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