How TENS Therapy Is Used for the Management of Back Pain

TENS therapyTranscutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS therapy, is the most common form of electrical stimulation to help manage back pain. Learn about TENS and back pain to decide whether this treatment could be the method you’ve been looking for to manage your discomfort.

When you use TENS therapy for back pain management, all you need is a small, battery-operated TENS device. Have someone help you attach the included electrodes to your skin near the area of your back that gives you the most discomfort. The machine delivers a low-voltage electrical current through the skin to the area that needs it most.

How Does TENS Work?

Electricity works to temporarily relieve pain. Your body sends messages, including the perception of pain, through electrical signals. When the TENS device stimulates nerves in the aching back area, the signal travels to the brain and scrambles normal pain receptors. This is what brings much-needed back pain relief.

Who Uses TENS Therapy?

TENS isn’t a painful therapy and serves only to reduce back pain. It’s an effective treatment, offering temporary relief from pain caused by various conditions. One of the most common conditions treated with TENS is diabetic neuropathy. Note that TENS isn’t effective for treating chronic back pain.

Types of TENS Devices

Different types of TENS devices are available. Some have analog read-outs, while others have digital LCD displays. Some are powered by AA batteries and other models may require a 9-volt battery.

No matter what type of model you choose, expect to have at least three types of stimulation available: continuous, burst and width modulation. A unit with different width modulation settings could offer several more modes of operation to choose from.

Talk to your doctor to decide if TENS therapy could be right for you. To learn more about TENS and back pain, please contact MAR-J Medical Supply today.

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