When it comes to health, there are various branches of medical science opened these days where the patient can get quick treatment and fast relief from various diseases. The physiotherapy is one of the branches of medical science that deal with body pain, management and recovery from injured muscles and joint pains. For treatment, one needs to get the injury diagnosed by an expert, and on the basis of his diagnosis, he suggests some treatment which may require some exercises manually or with the help of some mechanical devices.
Tens unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a device that pulses electricity through the muscle to relieve the acute pain. It works on a simple principle, i.e., muscles react to jolts of electricity. The nerves are healed by the electrical current and cure various nerve conditions. To provide pain relief a low voltage current is used for stimulation of the nerves. Through electrode pads, soothing vibrations pass into the skin. These devices work on batteries plugged into 120V outlet between 2 and 4 electrodes connected to the area under treatment. TENS is a frequency regulator that contracts and relaxes the muscles continuously which makes our release the “natural painkiller” called endorphin.
USAGE OF TENS UNITS
The various kinds of pains treated by TENS UNITS are:
Neck and shoulder pain, back pain, muscle pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, foot pain, labor pain, knee pain, heel pain, hip pain, ankle pain, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, migraines, nerve injuries, post operative pain, foot pain, menstrual pain, arthritis.
The best thing about TENS unit is that they are easily portable, practical and mobile. They can be carried anywhere and applied to the painful areas of the body at the site of injury to get instant relief from the pain. These devices are used by chiropractors, massage therapists, fitness coaches, doctors and can be used by an individual at home as well with ease. Unlike the pain killers, they don’t have any side effect.
Physical Therapy Tens Unit is manufactured by many companies. They are for every budget and the type of the pain to be treated. Best Tens Units are available in the market on reasonable prices that can be used by everyone.
WHEN TO USE TENS MACHINE?
A TENS machine can be used for different durations for the management of the pain. To treat acute pain, it can be used for 20 to 60 minutes four times in a day. To manage chronic pain, it can be used for 20 to 30 minutes for five times weekly.
WHERE NOT TO USE TENS MACHINE
- Never used tens machine on the eyes or brain.
- Never use it on the neck because of the risk of hypertension.
- Don’t use it on the chest.
- Don’t use it on the open wounds or broken the skin.
- Never use it in the area of infections.
- It should not be used over a malignant tumor.
- Don’t use it directly on the spinal cord.