Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Get Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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TENS

What is TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation?

electrodes of tens device on shoulder, tens therapy, nerve stimuFor over 40 years, health care practitioners have recognized and prescribed TENS for relief of chronic and acute pain. TENS devices deliver mild electrical pulses through the skin to stimulate the  nerves in that area to help control pain. A TENS unit is portable and is powered by batteries, often 3 or 4 AA-batteries or 1 9-volt battery.  The electrical pulse is administered though lead wires attached to electrodes which are pads that adhere to the skin with a conductive, sticky gel.  The electrodes are placed on the skin in the area of the pain as directed by a medical professional. Unlike drugs, TENS does not have any known side effects.

 

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How does TENS control pain?

There are two theories regarding the use of TENS therapy for pain relief.

The Endorphin Theory – Endorphins are your body’s own natural pain relievers that are released into the body as a response to any noxious stimuli.  The endorphin theory suggests that the  TENS unit’s small electrical pulses can stimulate endorphin release.  These endorphins block the perception of pain much like a drug but without the side effects that often accompany the use of pain medication.

Gate Control Theory – in 1965, two researches, Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall, suggested that pain messages, which travel via nerves from the the site of the pain to the brain, can only do so if the gateways are open connecting nerve fibers through which the pain message must travel.  It is thought that TENS works by triggering a closure of those gateways, thus preventing the pain message from reaching the brain.

GSMKITWhat are the precautions for using TENS units?

  • Do not use a TENS unit while operating dangerous machinery.
  • Some people can experience skin irritation due to the adhesive gel on the electrodes. There are electrodes available with gel formulated for sensitive skin.
  • Do not use electrical stimulation on the front of the neck.  Do not use in the area of the carotid artery.
  • Consult your physician if you have a pacemaker before using TENS.
  • Tens units have not been studied for safety with pregnant women.
  • As with any electrical device, do not immerse a TENS unit in any liquid.

Can TENS treatment cure the source of the pain?

No, TENS units do not have any curative ability.  However, by alleviating pain, you may be able to do the things that will bring healing such as sleeping better or performing physical therapy.

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TENS units help you to manage your pain so that you can work on getting back to an active, pain free life!