A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device with leads that connect to two or more sticky pads (electrodes) to the skin above the nerves or nerve bundles responsible for chronic or acute pain. By emitting electrical impulses, TENS machines compete with the electrical impulses sent by damaged nerves and so block or interrupt them. This makes a TENS machine a provider of temporary pain relief depending on how strong the damaged nerve impulses are. However, it is becoming clear that TENS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation also increases endorphin production. Endorphins are also known as the body’s natural painkillers. Longer term therapy may therefore also provide a lower grade of chronic pain. If you are unsure whether a home or portable TENS machine will work for your pain, contact Healthcare Equip for more information regarding our Australia home aid equipment rental service and try before you buy.
Healthcare Equip supplies home TENS devices to a broad range of clients for a similarly broad range of pain. These include muscle pain, arthritic pain, pain caused by menstruation and endometriosis, sports injuries, muscle stiffness caused by stress or disuse, and all types of joint pain.
Please consult your personal physician before using a home electrotherapy device, especially if you have a pacemaker, use a pain pump or insulin pump, are pregnant or have any type of metal implant. Upon approval by your GP, pads should never be applied to broken or irritated skin. It is possible to experience the symptoms of an allergic reaction when the electrodes are placed onto the skin; we also supply hypoallergenic electrodes for TENS machines. However, for the majority of people, TENS is an extremely safe treatment with no side effects.