As you may know that a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit is a medical device used to reduce pain by stimulating nerves by applying an electrical current through the skin. By far, it’s one of the most effective and popular therapy for pain reduction. But do you know that it can also be used for many other purposes? Here are a few of these purposes for your knowledge so that you can make the best use of this wonderful device.
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1. To Reduce Pain and Improve Joint Mobility
As mentioned earlier, a TENS unit is designed to reduce pain. But it’s interesting to know the various types of pain it can relieve and thereby improves joint mobility. E.g. in a study conducted on 90 participants with shoulder pain resulted from paralysis (hemiplegic) it reduced shoulder pain and improved shoulder joint mobility and their overall quality of life.
In another study on 33 people with chronic back pain, 14 experienced 30% reduction in pain due to TENS.
In various other studies, patients experienced upper back pain relief, arthritis pain and even pain associated to dental procedures.
2. Pain Relief after Surgery
In 54 patients who underwent spinal surgery experienced pain relief due to TENS unit and thereby had to take fewer painkillers and undergo less of their side effects.
People in different surgeries like heart or lung surgery (which needed a large chest incision) and other surgeries experienced pain relief through the TENS unit.
In addition, they also experienced return of normal blood pressure and heart rate faster and with fewer medications. Also, they experienced an improvement in breathing.
3. Reduction and Prevention in Migraines
TENS unit has even been found to reduce the duration of migraines in a study. It also has fewer side effects than medications. It has also been found to reduce number as well as intensity of migraine episodes in another study.
4. May Fight Depression
A method named as Transcutaneous Vague Nerve Stimulation or Tens is a technique of using TENS unit to stimulate the vagus nerve (this is done by attaching the unit to certain parts of the ear). This method has been found to be very promising in psychological issues like depression by stimulating the parts of brain related to motivation and reward processing. It also results in remarkable and measurable improvement in overall level of symptoms in depression patients.
Plus, a TENS unit has also been found useful in stroke recovery, boost cardiovascular health, reduce menstrual cramps and labor pains, help urinary incontinence, manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and fibromyalgia, improve athletic performance and so on.
So, are you planning to have a TENS unit for you?