TENS

By: QUEEN WEST PHYSIOTHERAPY & ACUPUNCTURE  07-08-2013
Keywords: Acupuncture, back pain, neck pain

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a device that produces a low voltage electrical current that is used for pain management. A TENS unit consists of a small battery operated box that can fit in a pocket or clip on the waist band. It has lead wires, and two or more electrodes that attach to the skin. The electrodes are positioned on the skin depending on which area needs to be stimulated. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates the nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain to trigger the “pain gate” to close. It is beleived to block the pain nerve pathway. It is also believed to stimulate the body to make its own pain easing chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers that may block the perception of pain. TENS should be used under supervision and direction of a registered physiotherapist.

Keywords: Acupuncture, back pain, Chinese Medicine, chronic pain, low back pain, Massage Therapist, neck pain, Registered Massage, sports injury

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