ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pain Management Solution With Electric TENS Massage

Updated on December 9, 2013

If you have neck or back pain and are frustrated with traditional medicine of drugs and muscle relaxers not working, I may have the solution for you.

For over ten years I have used this TENS pain management unit and it has been a life saver. My chiropractor first supplied me with this small take home unit to supplement in office TENS therapy for whiplash after a car accident. I have used intermittently throughout the years to address my chronic back pain.

My back issues started with scoliosis as a teenager and I wore a back brace for several years. Although my orthopedist said scoliosis would not cause back problems as an adult, I am skeptical about that opinion considering I have had back problems my entire life with pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease and arthritis starting in my late twenties and early thirties.

Before I go on, I do want to say I am not a doctor and It is recommended to consult a medical professional before starting any new health treatment, including TENS unit for pain management. (that's my disclaimer)

What is TENS Therapy?

TENS is short for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Now you know why it's shortened to TENS. The concept is actually pretty simple, electrical pulses travel through pads placed on the skin to improve nerve function and control muscle pain and spasms.

To me my TENS treatment feels like a micro muscle massage that allows the muscles to relax and helps with swelling. I love a good massage, and I use my TENS as personal mini massage. There are plenty of more medically related websites (WebMD) which go into the scientific detail on how TENS actually works, but I'm just providing a review of the TENS device I use and how it works for my situation.

Pain Relief & Muscle Relaxation

So often pain is a result of tightened muscles that prevent movement, for example I lose range of motion in my neck when my muscles are inflamed and swollen. I will place the four electrode leads to specific places on my neck and adjust the strength of the current to a level that is comfortable. The TENS device will then cycle on and off every 30 minutes for as long as I wear it, depending on the settings.

I have worn my TENS unit to work under my clothes, walked around the house to do chores and sat watching TV while wearing my TENS. Most people don't know I'm even wearing it unless I let the cords dangle. Normally the treatment only takes a day or so and I can tell a big difference in my neck mobility and pain.

Is a TENS RIght for Me?

I can't tell you if a TENS unit is right for you, but I would highly recommend discussing the option with your physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist. They are commonly recommended for osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, tendinitis and even cancer pain.

If your medical professional has suggested a TENS device for pain management then congratulations, I truly am happy for you. If anything, the tiny electrical impulses creates a massage-like feeling that is relaxing makes me feel better.

Portable Unit Handheld Palm Plus Digital 10 Modes Machine Pain Relief Electrotherapy NK10GL (Black) +2 Extra 4in1 Electrodes wire +4 snap on pads Lifetime Warranty FDA cleared OTC HealthmateForever
Portable Unit Handheld Palm Plus Digital 10 Modes Machine Pain Relief Electrotherapy NK10GL (Black) +2 Extra 4in1 Electrodes wire +4 snap on pads Lifetime Warranty FDA cleared OTC HealthmateForever

This TENS unit has additional modes specifically set for knees, and neck. This electric massage device will help with tense and tight muscles and help relieve pain.

A huge benefit to this device is the battery indicator, nothing worse than needing your therapy and finding out your 9V battery is dead and you can't get to the store.

 
Omron Pain Relief TENS Unit (PM3030)
Omron Pain Relief TENS Unit (PM3030)

The Omron electro therapy device contains preset programs with 5 levels of intensity. This unit comes with diagrams and charts for proper placement for knees, elbows, hips and back areas for the most effective relief.

 

TENS Therapy Videos

See how regular people use TENS therapy and if it will work for you. As with any medical device it is always good to get the advice of a physician or medical professional for the best results. But, TENS is non evasive, economical and for most people has no side effects and provides pain relief.

If you ever wondered how a TENS device works, where you can wear it, and how it controls pain this video shows real people using wearing the electrode leads whiles working, relaxing and doing everyday activities

Learn how a TENS unit stimulates muscles, helps to heal nerves and treats many different diseases and health problems.

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      I could use one of these, looks like a great massage.

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      In the past these units have been used as part of my PT protocol. Interesting how they work wonders.

    • profile image

      happynutritionist 

      4 years ago

      Hubby and I have and use a tens unit. It helps so much!

    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile imageAUTHOR

      Dawn Romine 

      4 years ago from Nebraska

      @Diana Wenzel: I love my TENS device. My husband uses my small one, but I think he needs a stronger pulse. I haven't thought of using it on my feet for plantar fasciitis but saw a video on it and may give it a try. Glad it worked for you.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I never knew what this was called. When I suffered severe whiplash pain following a car accident, the one thing that brought me the most immediate relief was this treatment. It felt like I had a soothing waterfall running inside my neck and spine. Nothing had ever felt so good. I didn't realize I could purchase my own personal unit. My treatments were done by a chiropractor. I'm so glad I stopped by today to learn about TENS units. Thanks for providing me with a potential resource. Appreciated!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)