If you’ve walked into a Breathe oxygen bar in Las Vegas, then you have probably noticed that we have some pretty neat E-Stim devices behind the counter for customers to purchase. These devices are used for TENS Therapy, a practice where people use electric stimulation to help manage pain and discomfort caused by a wide range of issues. Commonly TENS therapy is used for pain management when you have a problem with muscles, either being too tense or even strained. TENS has many benefits that can be applied to your daily life to help you go about your day feeling great. Here’s all you need to know about TENS Therapy, and it’s many wellness benefits.
What Are TENS Devices?
TENS treatment is an increasingly popular approach of muscle stimulation and recovery utilized by physical therapists and physical fitness experts alike for its extraordinary advantages. If you’re unfamiliar with how TENS therapy works, we’re here to help. It’s an emerging field, so we’ve broken down the basics of TENS therapy so that you can better understand it.
TENS devices are hand-held devices connected to electrode pads placed on the body to send electrical signals from the device and into your nervous system. While this may sound painful, it’s a quite pleasant feeling that disrupts traditional pain signals to disrupt the aches and pains of sore and stiff muscles, arthritis, and even muscle injuries. TENS devices come in various models that offer different E-Stim settings that can feel like everything from massages to acupuncture and everything in between. With the right TENS device, you will feel like you have your own personal PT in your pocket.
How Do You Use TENS Therapy Devices?
TENS devices can look pretty complicated to use, but in reality, they are simple to master. Even easier to use than your cellphone. TENS devices connect to electrode pads (wirelessly or with cables depending on the model). From the device, you choose the intensity levels and which modes you want to use. From there, the pads send vibrations and pulses into your body and go to work, helping eliminate any muscle pain that you may experience.
What Are the Benefits?
Typical treatments that TENS therapy is utilized to treat include:
- Back discomfort (sciatica)
- Joint pains
- Ligament/ Meniscus pain
- Muscle injury and discomfort
TENS treatment is beneficial when utilized regularly and efficiently. I have used TENS therapy for post-op physical therapy after a significant ACL injury and even just at the office. At the same time, I sit at my desk to alleviate seated throughout the day. TENS therapy is flexible and can be used almost anywhere!