TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, which is medical jargon for applying an electrical current on your skin to stimulate your nerves. Though it may sound like something from 1800’s Frankenstein, if a TENS machine is used by a professional it feels comfortable and aids your healing.
Electrodes are placed on your skin to allow the current to move from one electrode to the other. TENS machines are mainly used for pain relief during your physiotherapy treatment.
What exactly is TENS treatment?
TENS is a non invasive method of pain relief, which means nothing enters your body, no needles and no medication. The use of TENS is an extremely popular method of pain relief. It is relatively cheap, easy to use, and has minimal side effects when compared to oral medication. TENS provides short-term pain relief, giving the window of opportunity to address other contributors and compensations due to an injury. TENS can relieve 70% of pain in an acute injury.
Why we use TENS machines
TENS relieves pain. Now that we have established a more comfortable state for your joints, muscles and nerves we can address any contributing factors of your problem, use joint mobilisations and start gentle range of motion exercises. Ultimately we aim to get you moving safely as soon as possible to accelerate healing. TENS is never used in isolation. It is part of a holistic approach to get you back doing what you love, in as little time as possible.