Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical currents for pain relief. TENS has different adjustable settings to control amplitude otherwise known as intensity of stimulation by controlling the voltage, current and pulse width or duration of each pulse. Electrodes are placed at specific sites of pain on a user’s body. The current travels through electrode pads and into the skin, stimulating specific nerve pathways to produce a tingling or massaging sensation that reduces the perception of pain. When TENS is used as directed, it can be a safe, noninvasive, drug-free alternative to pain management.
Primary theories behind TENS.
Gateway Theory – TENS blocks the pain signal to the brain
Endorphin Production – TENS stimulates endorphins, the natural painkiller.
Central Inhibitory Effect – TENS changes the way your body transmits different signals.
A TENS Unit is used to offer a better quality of life for people with pain. TENS is used by thousands of people all over the world for the relief of physical pain. This is why the medical community in large part often recommend that their patients use a TENS device for minor and major pain relief. One of the most trusted sources for medical information for doctors and health professionals is the Merck manual. The Merck manual suggests TENS may be beneficial for pain relief.
Live Pain-Free with iReliev®.
If you’ve been struggling with some type of pain for years or have just recently needed to seek treatment, an iReliev TENS Unit may be just what the doctor ordered. At the least, it is an excellent, all natural, drug-free alternative to pain pills and oral narcotics. In most cases, an iReliev TENS Unit will work quite effectively for back, arm or leg pain and symptoms associated with arthritis. And much more!
Regardless of your age, mostly everyone at some point or another could benefit from TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
How does an iReliev®TENS Work?
Now you may thinking, well great, I know what TENS is but how does TENS work?
The iReliev® TENS unit delivers gentle electrical impulses to electrode pads that are placed directly on your skin that travel to the nerves.
When TENS stimulates the sensory nerve endings, it blocks the pain signal from traveling to the brain. This creates a pleasantly relieving, tingling sensation in the place of pain. The currents that a TENS treatment sends can also produce endorphins.
In short, endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller and can even create a sense of euphoria, like morphine.
The pain-killing properties of endorphins work just as TENS nerve stimulation works – by naturally inhibiting the transmissions of pain signals to the brain.
TENS therapy is often used to manage pain while the body is healing in situations like post-surgery recovery, athletic or other types of injuries, and chronic or acute pain.
Pain relief has never felt so good.
100% Natural and drug-free therapy.
Our passion at iReliev® is to make sure that you can find the relief you deserve. Life is too short to live with pain, so we provide the products that can help you take back your life, and live it to the fullest. Whether you’re afflicted by back pain, arthritis, leg pain, or neck pain, we have your solution. Welcome to a pain-free life.
Things to consider when shopping for an iReliev®TENS Unit or TENS + EMS device.
There are several aspects to consider when shopping for a great TENS unit or muscle stimulation system. Since ALL of our devices are extremely portable and lightweight, you can rule out those needs to make that decision. You will, however, find many units on the market that are the size of large TV remote controls. We tend to think that portability is key, and you will too once you see that you can virtually use them anywhere, anyplace.
Let’s consider what you should decide on.
If you’re seeking an iReliev® product, specifically for pain and only pain, then we have two options:
Wired TENS – Powerful. Portable. Pain relief. Need we say more?
Wireless Mini TENS – Great entry-level TENS that everybody should have for small joint pain relief.
If you are looking for a device that offers the benefits of TENS for pain relief and EMS muscle strength we have two options as well. Both wired and wireless. To learn more about EMS or electrical muscle stimulation and its benefits, click here.