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Are there any reasons why I should NOT use TENS?

Before purchasing and using any of our TENS units, always consult your medical practitioner for advice.

CAUTIONS & WARNINGS

SIDE EFFECTS 
There are no known side effects to TENS use and long-term TENS use is not harmful.

COMPLICATIONS 
These can arise but are very rare.

Do NOT:
• Ignore any allergic reaction to the electrodes. If a skin irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a doctor or medical professional
• Apply electrodes to broken or irritated skin
• Apply electrodes to skin which does not have normal sensation. If the skin is numb, you will not be able to feel the full effects of the intensity being used and therefore may harm your skin

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS 

Do NOT: 
• Immerse your TENS unit in water or place it close to excessive heat
• Attempt to open up the TENS unit. There are no user-serviceable parts inside
• Use rechargeable batteries, as the voltage is un-sufficient. 
• Mix old and new batteries. Be sure to dispose of old batteries safely, and always used the correct batteries as suggested in your user manual

Always remove batteries from your TENS machine if the unit is unlikely to be used for a long period. 

Do NOT use TENS under any the following circumstances:
• If you have a heart pacemaker or have a heart rhythm problem
• If you have epilepsy
• During the first six months of pregnancy
• When driving or operating machinery
• If you are suffering from acute, feverish or infectious diseases
• Near heart monitors or alarms
• To mask or relieve undiagnosed pain

Do NOT place electrodes: 
• On the carotid arteries in the front of your neck 
• Over your eyes 
• Across the front of the head 
• On the abdomen if you are pregnant 
• On the heads of children under 12 
• Near malignant tumours 

Do NOT start your TENS treatment until the cause and source of pain has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner.

If you are in any doubt about any of these warnings, you MUST consult your medical advisor.