There are many methods of pain relief all around us and many of them can be effective but they usually require that you take some sort of drug.  As we all know, drugs have side-effects and whether we are ineligible to take a drug because of its side effects, or we choose not to subject ourselves to those side effects, there are some drugs we cannot or will not take.  So what are our other options for pain relief?  One option is Electrotherapy.   One of the most common methods of electrotherapy is a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Unit to send an electric current through your body to stimulate your nerves.

Most TENS Units, including the Neurotech Aviva (Pictured), have 2 modes for pain relief.   The first mode is for immediate pain relief and is called pain gate control.  In this mode the TENS Unit sends out a tingling/pulsing sensation whichTENS Unit by Neurotech available for purchase at interrupts the pain pathway to the brain, bringing immediate pain relief.

The second method is for longer term pain relief and takes longer to activate.  This mode is used to create an endorphin release.  The endorphin release is initiated by creating a tapping sensation for about 30 minutes.  After this time your body reacts by releasing endorphins, which are naturally produced by the body to help manage pain and are the chemical that create a “runner’s high.”  These endorphins can remain in your system for several hours, providing long lasting pain relief.

One additional benefit of using TENS to treat pain is that, if you are able to take medications, you can use a TENS Unit in addition to the medication.  For instance if you have chronic back pain and you are currently taking medication which helps you cope with the normal pain, but you sometimes experience spikes in pain, you can have a TENS Unit available to help you deal with those moments of extraordinary pain.

Like all other treatments, TENS Units are not for everyone.  People with serious heart conditions (especially those with pacemakers), epilepsy or seizures, and people who are pregnant should not use TENS Units unless supervised by a doctor.  In addition there are certain areas/pains that TENS should not be used on, including: over the eyes, on the front of the neck, directly on your spine, internally, on an open wound, or on a tumor or malignancy.  Ask your doctor before getting a TENS Unit if you have any of the aforementioned conditions.

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