For 350 million arthritis sufferers worldwide, simple everyday tasks like cleaning the house, putting on clothes and eating become so much harder. Chronic pain warriors have to struggle through some tough challenges. Fatigue, pain, judgement and physical limitations are just a few of many symptoms that can make life feel like an uphill battle.
There are many differences between the types of arthritis and the range of symptoms that people experience. In this article, we will be focusing on how a TENS machine can be used for pain relief.
What is a TENS machine?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a safe alternative to medication for treating arthritis pain. It works by delivering small pain blocking electrical currents to the skin
A small and easy-to-use device produces the electrical currents and lead wires send these currents to self-adhesive electrode pads that attach to your skin.
When using a TENS unit, you'll feel a non-painful tingling or buzzing sensation. This electric current blocks or lowers pain messages being sent to the brain which gives the pain relief. Two or more electrode pads are placed on the painful area of the body. This is done so that the TENS sensation covers the area that hurts.
Making sure the electrode pads are in the right place is very important because this can reduce how well the TENS machine will work. The electrodes need to have good contact with the skin for full benefits. We want our users to get the most from their machine so we designed our TENS units to stop when the electrode is not fully connected. Check out this page for electrode pad placements.
Zapp! Relieve your pain using a TENS machine.
Many Arthritis sufferers use a variety of drugs and some type of lifestyle adjustment for pain relief. However, for many people, the pain relief is not enough and they do not want to take a medicine cocktail. TENS machines are proven to be an effective pain relief solution for many people across the world.
Although electrotherapy is not new (actually ancient), many arthritis patients still do not know that TENS machines are recommended for non-pharmacological management of Rheumatoid Arthritis according to the National clinical guideline for management and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults (NICE). The Cochrane Review decided for osteoarthritis “[there is] tentative evidence that TENS reduces pain intensity over and above that seen with placebo.” Dr. Bolash estimates that overall, about half of people who try TENS get a 50% reduction in pain. The NHS also recommends TENS as a treatment for both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Pain management is not a one size fits all. Testing and adapting your pain management methods until it fits your needs is the best way to ensure your pain relief needs are met. TENS in addition to occupational therapy can have a great overall impact on pain relief.
Tips for using a TENS unit at home:
Follow the instructions on your TENS unit carefully
Rate your pain from 1 to 10 before, during and after your session
Start soon after you receive the injury or notice pain
TENS Machine side effects?
Arthritis patients love TENS machine because of the pain relief they can provide with zero side-effects. Many people often find out about how our TENS machines work by seeking medical advice and being recommended to us by a healthcare professional (HCP).
HCP from physiotherapists in pain clinics to midwives at hospitals love using our TENS units on their patients because there are no side-effects.
What are the pros and cons of TENS machines?
What is the Best TENS unit for arthritis?
Many people with arthritis have a hard time using devices with small buttons due to painful hands so our design features big buttons and a LED display for easy use.
We are so confident that all of our TENS machines comes with 2-Year Warranty.
TENS machines have developed and come so far since TensCare was founded over 25 Years ago. People call us constantly to look for wires, electrodes and other accessories but unfortunately many times their TENS machine was made by another comapny and do not make their accessories anymore.
rest assured we will have leads, wire and electrodes for a very long time.
Whilst all traditional TENS machines have very similar functionality, they are far from the same. However, we think we beat our competition with the amount of clinically approved programs, easy to use with popular lead wires & electrodes and our 2 year warranty.
Our perfect TENS is so popular because of the lower cost and variety of conditions it relieves which includes back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, period pain and spondylitis.
Painful Arthritis in your hands or feet? We have you covered (literally)
Many of our arthritis patients wanted a more complete coverage for their hands and when using our device so we developed iGlove & iSock electrode. Both the iGlove & iSock use high-quality conductive material which provides stimulation (tingling sensation) throughout the hands and feet.
Easily put your hands and feet in the glove or sock and simply connect your TENS machine. Turn on the TENS, start the program and you will start to relieve your pain.