Managing Pain with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

If you’ve ever dealt with chronic or acute pain, you know that you would do just about anything to relieve it. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy is one possible option for sufferers of chronic or acute pain who don’t want to turn to traditional pain medications. However, whether or not TENS is a legitimate form of pain relief is still up for debate in many scientific circles.

What is TENS?Transcutaneous Stimulation for Pain Management

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, is a type of therapy for people suffering with chronic (long-term) or acute (short-term) pain. As seen in the above illustration, pads are attached directly to your skin along the spine. These pads send low-voltage electric currents throughout your body in order to prevent pain receptors from being sent to the brain.

What can it be used to treat?

As stated previously, TENS is used for both chronic and acute pain, such as pain related to the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Period pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Labor pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Tendinitis

Does TENS therapy work?

Due to a lack of research, the jury is still out on whether or not TENS is a legitimate form of pain therapy. There has been one study that found TENS reduced pain associated with fibromyalgia, but more research and clinical trials have to be done in order for these findings to be confirmed. However, since TENS is extremely safe, there is little risk to someone trying it in an attempt to relieve their pain.

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