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TENS Machine / EMS Machine use, an electrical current to stimulate a therapeutic effect in various sections of your body. The electric currents create thermal, physiologic, and chemical responses to reduce pain, increase blood flow, reduce stiffness and spasms, while increasing the flexibility of tendon and joint capsules.
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TENS machines are generally used along with other treatments, like physical therapy. They are ever increasing in popularity due to its ability to assist in medication free pain management.
TENS can be used to assist in getting relief from Acute, Period Pain, Labour Pain or Chronic Pain
EMS machines can help build, strengthen and tone muscle, as well as increase blood flow to help recover faster from sports injury.
Although they may look similar, TENS and EMS machines operate differently. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is for blocking pain. EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) is for stimulating muscles.
Both of these devices are often used by physiotherapists, athletes, body builders as part of a training or rehabilitation program.
TENS Machines MUST be used under the guidance of your healthcare professional and should always be used with caution.
TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation are used to stimulate nerve impulses for therapeutic purposes and are widely accepted as a method of pain relief for both chronic and acute pain sufferers.
The use of TENS is a non-invasive method of treatment for pain management. TENS Machines are a hand held battery operated device that sends pulsed electrical current through an electrode placed on your skin, this current can stimulate both sensory & motor nerves.
Once the sensory nerves are stimulated this is intended to provide symptomatic relief of pain in the treated area.TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a non-invasive, drug-free method of pain relief that is used for symptomatic relief and management of chronic intractable pain. Transcutaneous means “across the skin”, and TENS relieves pain by sending tiny electrical impulses to underlying nerve fibres, through electrodes placed on or near the area of pain or pressure point.
Nerve fibres transmit signals – including pain signals – to and from the brain. TENS introduces corrective signals to the nerve fibres to transmit to the brain, which in turn block or reduce the pain you feel. TENS machines operate with a safe 9 volts and are used to assist the treatment of many different types of pain.
Broadly speaking there are two main types of TENS machines:
– TENS only machines: These offer TENS functionality for pain management.
– TENS/EMS Combination machines: These offer both TENS and EMS functionality for both pain management and muscle strengthening of injured areas.
What is the difference between TENS and EMS?
Although TENS and EMS machines look very similar, they work differently. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is for blocking pain. EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) is for stimulating muscles.
When you shouldn’t use a TENS or EMS Machine.
The major concern is that the applied electrical energy will result in ‘significant’ heating of the metallic implant, which would have a detrimental effect in the local tissues surrounding that implant, raising the tissue temperature to damaging levels and causing skin burns. However, there is no reference in medical literature to the effects of TENS on implants, other than pacemakers. The signal from TENS/EMS only penetrates about 1cm below the skin’s surface and contains only a tiny amount of energy (just enough to persuade a nerve to send a signal), therefore there should be no side effects.
With this being said, extra care should still be taken when using TENS/EMS on metal implants. In order to avoid any potential risk, the following procedures must be followed:
– Electrodes should be placed away from the proximity of the metal implant, skin staples, skin with reduced sensation or tissues treated with dressings or topical agents containing metal ions.
– Avoid using too small electrodes which create high current density and may lead to a heat burnt.
– Implanted device which is powered by a battery (or equivalent) is an ACTIVE IMPLANT and should be considered to be a real contraindication to many forms of electrotherapy.
If you are uncertain of using a TENS machine on an area in which you have a metal implant, please seek advice from your medical practitioner.
Do NOT use TENS under any the following circumstances:
If you have a heart pacemaker or have a heart rhythm problem
If you have epilepsy
During the first six months of pregnancy
When driving or operating machinery
If you are suffering from acute, feverish or infectious diseases
Near heart monitors or alarms
To mask or relieve undiagnosed pain
Do NOT place electrodes:
On the carotid arteries in the front of your neck
Over your eyes
Across the front of the head
On the abdomen if you are pregnant
On the heads of children under 12
Near malignant tumours
Never use your TENS machine or its electrode pads:
– On damaged or broken skin
– On the front or side of your neck
– Close to your eyes or mouth
– On infected areas
– Over a malignant tumour
– On a pregnant uterus
– Across a pacemaker or other indwelling stimulator
– On areas that are numb or have decreased sensation
– Near water
– When driving or operating machinery
– When sleeping
Always make sure you follow the specific manufacturer’s instructions that come with your TENS machine.
Our TENS machines on Sale provide a completely non-invasive and drug-free method of relief and management of chronic intractable pain.
We offer three types of machines – TENS only machines, EMS only machines and combination TENS/EMS machines:
TENS machines: These state-of-the-art units offer TENS functionality for pain management and relief to treat many different types of pain, both acute and chronic. Using a safe 9 volts, they are very easy to use and portable to allow for flexible use and accessibility wherever and whenever you need pain relief.
EMS machines: These highly effective units are specially designed for sport injuries, toning and muscle building. Used frequently by sports therapists and physiotherapists, they help patients recover from injuries quicker by toning your muscles and strengthening your weak and injured areas with minimal stress.
Combination TENS/EMS machines: Our combination units offer both TENS and EMS functionality to assist with pain relief as well as muscle strengthening of your injured area. These quality units give you the versatility of both in one portable machine, allowing you to alternate between relieving pain with TENS and muscle building with EMS. Giving you the ability to reduce your pain while also strengthening and rehabilitating your muscle fibres at essentially the same time.