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Tens Unit for All Areas of Pain

Updated on November 16, 2012

TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator.

This device is used to deliver an electric current through electrodes that are placed on the skin.

Most physicians use this device to help patients in relieving pain associated with arthritis, headaches, TMJ disorder, muscle strain, fibromyalgia and most often back and neck pain.

Therefore if you are suffering from unbearable pain, you may need to use tens unit for your pain.

This device has also been approved for home use.

If you are experiencing a chronic back pain, neck pain or even leg or shoulder pain, it would be advisable for you to visit your physician who will advise you if it is appropriate to use this device.

It is important to note that some conditions such as pregnancy and heart conditions such as a pacemaker are not advised to using a tens unit.

Your physician or chiropractor will also advise you on the areas that you should not attach the electrodes for example close to the eyes, at the front of the neck, on a broken skin and so on. Using the device as required is the only way to get the desired results.

TENS 7000 Digital TENS Unit

TENS 7000 Digital TENS unit has been made in such a way that it is very user friendly.

Its features include; patient compliance meter, 5 modes, safety amplitude cover, dual channels, 100mA output, sturdy metal belt clip, timer and rubber side railings.

The best tens unit for home use also comes with a digital screen, which not only makes it easy to see the screen, but also it makes it possible to set the unit.

A tens 7000 pain management tens unit works by increasing production of endorphins and also by blocking pain signals.

The device can be worn all day long or during specific times when pain strikes. The electrodes are usually attached at the pain sites as well as along the nerve channels (dermatomes).

How to use tens unit for back pain

After getting a professional advice that it is appropriate for you to use this device, you should acquire it either by purchasing it or by renting one.

Attach the patches (electrodes) on acupuncture points and ensure that you don't have an uncomfortable sensation. If you get such a sensation, then you should change the point of attachment.

If you suffer from multiple pains, avoid attaching the electrodes at the same point as this could result in skin irritation.

Tens units for home use can be worn for a few hours or for the entire day.

However, it is not advisable to sleep while the unit is still connected.

This device has proven to be very effective in so many people and you don't have a reason not to try it whenever that back pain or any pain hits you.

The most important thing is to adhere to the safety measures to ensure that you don't suffer from any side effects. It would help to apply a gel on the painful areas before attaching the electrodes.

This will help to prevent skin irritation. Remember not to set the tens unit for home use too high as this could aggravate your condition.


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    • Rachel Hager profile image

      Rachel Hager 

      2 months ago

      Hello, I am wanting to use the picture of electrode placement on a project im doing about pain. May I please have your permission to use it?

      Thanks a bunch

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      Anthony Turtle 

      12 months ago

      Thanks for this, I was advised by my GP to use a TENS, but given no advice how to position the electrodes. Having spoken to a physiotherapist about Restless Leg Syndrome which started about the time I used the TENS. He told me that incorrect positioning of the pads could cause neurological damage. Your article should be issued to all patients advised to use TENS.

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      Alyce Stephens 

      15 months ago

      How do I get this, please! No one is going to believe this but last week for days, even waking up in the night in utter pain I kept hearing (Tens Unit) over and over. I kept meaning to Google, finally I did, wow! This sounds like it's exactly I need to relieve my back, shoulder and neck pain causing severe migraines for days , vomiting bile. Meds don't hardly help any longer. I don't want to increase my medications, I need my kidneys and liver for older age in case something happens and I need some pain medication to relieve the pain in my end days.

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      Brenda Carrington 

      17 months ago

      Where can I get this to buy?

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      Jo-Ann Campbell 

      2 years ago

      I have an older model of the TENS unit and it really has been the wonder treatment that was used around our home. Both of my daughters suffered terribly from mentral cramps but when we used the unit it literally made them much more bearable to tolerate, along with many other bangups etc...thanks for listening.

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      Angel Ross 

      5 years ago from United States

      If the nerve is not compressed at the spine stimulation would not be needed. Once the spine is aligned correctly, a nerve will start to reactivate. If the misalignment went on for a significant amount of time or the body is suffering from poor health a few years may be needed to allow the nerve to repair. A Tens unit would then help in stimulating the body's natural healing process, otherwise, if a Tens is helping with pain then you should seek competent chiropractic help. Remember...if you are having problems externally you can bet your having problems (you have yet to know about) internally. Nerves go everywhere. The heart, lungs, kidneys, thyroid, liver, digestive track, chemical brain function, all are controlled through the central nervous system. The spine is designed to protect that system so communication from the brain to your body can continue. Do your part!

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      5 years ago from San Antonio, TX, U.S.A

      mreynolds4, useful hub. Although several analgesics fail to control persistent pain, TENS as alternative may be useful to many people suffering with chronic pain.


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