Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS therapy involves the transmission of low-voltage electrical impulses to the injured areas of your body. It changes the perception of pain in your brain while releasing the natural painkillers in your body. This non-invasive therapy reduces pain associated with conditions like tendinitis, osteoarthritis and arthritis. 

At Physiotherapy First, we guide our patients through TENS therapy to help them deal with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. The team explains how the device works and proceeds once you feel comfortable.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

What Does a TENS Unit Look Like?

The TENS unit is a small electrical device that runs on batteries. It comprises two electrodes with adhesive tapes on one side of each. Once the device is switched on, it sends low-voltage electrical current to the electrodes through lead wires. 

The therapist attaches the electrodes directly to your skin. They, however, identify the areas that feel stiff and immobile first. They adjust the strength of the electric current based on your response to the treatment. 

How Does it Impact Your Pain?

The subtle electric current sent through the electrodes does all the work. They trigger the nerve cells which block the pain signals. Thus, your perception of pain changes during the treatment. The current also increases your endorphin levels in the body. These hormones bring relief to your mind and body. 

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Who Should Use TENS Therapy?

TENS is mostly beneficial in treating musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain and discomfort. The common types of pain it helps you deal with are:

  • Labour pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain 
  • Period pain

Here are the popular conditions you can treat using TENS:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sports injuries 

Who Shouldn’t Use It?

You should not use the therapy if you are pregnant or if you can relate to any of the conditions below. 

  • Heart conditions 
  • Epilepsy
  • Bleeding problems 
  • Cancer

While it has several benefits, TENS is not for everyone. Thus, it is always safe to consult with our physiotherapists before you try out this treatment.

Why TENS is so Popular?

A lot of people in Brampton now opt for TENS therapy to deal with their physical pain. That’s because:

  • It is non-invasive. 
  • The devices are portable and handy. 
  • It is a great alternative to other pain-relieving methods. 
  • Medication dosages may go down for some patients. 

Why don’t you share your health concerns with us? We will assess your injuries and let you know if TENS can benefit you or not. 

How Can Physiotherapy First Help?

We don’t recommend TENS therapy straightaway without any research. Instead, our team conducts a full physical examination to detect the underlying causes of your pain. We diagnose the problem and determine the right treatment plan specific to your condition. 

In the case of TENS, we explain the entire procedure and make you comfortable before proceeding. We observe your progress and adjust the intensity of electrical impulses accordingly. We ensure that you feel better and healthier after each session.