Using a TENS Unit for Back Pain Relief & Therapy
A new guideline issued by the American Academy of Neurology finds that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS), a widely used pain therapy involving a portable device, determined that can be effective in treating diabetic nerve pain, also called diabetic neuropathy.
Many patients as if you can use a TENS unit mainly for back pain relief or other treatments for this type of pain. The answer is yes, TENS is an effective way to treat back pain and provide relief from chronic or frequent muscle and disc back pain. TENS will treat many different types of back pain including sciatica from a herniated disk, multiple disk herniations, muscle strains, muscle contusions, stiff neck from reading or staring at a laptop and other maladies.
If you are suffering from back pain consider using TENS as a treatment and therapy option. A non-invasive, drug-free alternative to painkillers, TENS machines are battery-operated units that send a mild electrical pulse across the skin, stimulating the nerves in order to block pain. It should be a low-cost (and highly cost effective) non-habit forming, same alternative pain relieving method to treating all types of pain asscoiated with a number conditions including the following :
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Muscle strains
• Disk herniations and swelling
• Trauma Sports injuries
• Pelvic pain caused by endometriosis or periods
• Pain-relief during labour
• Stiff neck from sleeping wrong or staring at a laptop
Using a TENS Unit to Treat Back PainTENS unit can be used to treat back pain simply by applying the TENS electrodes to the area affected and adjusting the settings to relieve the pain. Since all back pain is different, there really is no single best method for using TENS on back pain symptoms. You need to adjust the pulse waves until you find relief. This is how you use TENS for all types of pain.
Here are the simple steps to using Your TENS machine for back pain:
1. Apply the electrodes to the area of pain. Place a pad on either side of the source of pain for best results.
2. Begin the treatment by turning on the machine, starting on the lowest setting.
3. Adjust the pulse length and frequency. Wait a few seconds and readjust until you find relief from the back pain.
4. Repeat as necessary, using the machine for about 30 minutes at a time.
Back pain is the second most common neurologic ailment in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and is the most common cause of job-related disability. About 60 percent of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy. While all TENS machines can be used to treat back pain, there are some that may do a better job. But it simply depends on your preferences and how you plan to use the machine.
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