Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an electronic device that is a commonly used form of pain relief. It consists of electronic pulses that are transmitted to the skin using electrodes. Though its mechanism of pain relief is not fully understood, TENS Nerve Stimulation is thought to inhibit nerves that control pain while increasing the body’s “natural pain-killers” (such as endorphins) and restoring the proper nerve activity. At Physiomed, if indicated, our doctors will incorporate TENS Nerve Stimulation into your treatment plan, provided no contraindications are present.
Many studies have indicated its potential efficacy in treating various types of pain conditions including:
– Low back pain. Studies have shown that TENS Nerve Stimulation can reduce pain and improve the range of motion in chronic low back pain subjects, especially when combined with exercise.
– Neck pain. A recent study showed that when coupled with exercise, TENS helped improve disability, neck muscle strength and pain.
– Muscle pain.
– Muscle weakness. A study showed that TENS can be used to strengthen partially denervated muscles and affect their function.
– Joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Recent studies have shown that TENS may provide pain relief, increase functional cavity and does no harm in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
– Nerve pain or neurogenic pain
– Pain originating from the organs (visceral pain)
– Painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea). Since TENS Nerve Stimulation treatment is free from the potentially adverse effects of analgesics, and no adverse effects are reported in the literature, this makes this treatment method even more attractive.
– Post-surgical pain
– Jaw pain (TMJ). Specifically, TENS Nerve Stimulation has been shown to improve mouth opening in jaw pain sufferers.
– Post-fracture pain
– Shoulder pain. Recent studies have indicated that electrical stimulation may help decrease the pain muscle guarding cycle associated with shoulder conditions such as adhesive capsulitis.