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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

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Rachel Nichols

on 2 March 2017

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Transcript of Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

Skin irritation or burning
Increased pain
Muscle twitching
Muscle soreness
Skin allergy
Risks
It is a small,portable, battery-operated device that is worn on the body
It is used as an alternative to pain medication, but can be used with it
A therapy that uses low voltage electrical current
What is a TENS unit?
Anyone can use it; although, there are some areas where you should not place the pads:
your eyes
your heart
any open wounds/cuts
directly over a joint
make sure the pads are dry before applying them
if the pads become damage do not use them
do not sleep with machine on
Regulations
Pain is thought to be controlled in two different ways
Sensory Level Stimulation: by blocking the neural “gate” through which the pain travels
Motor Level Stimulation: causing the release of the body’s own opiate-like substances to achieve pain relief
Benefits
Lower chronic back pain
Muscle pain/strain
Bursitis
Tendonitis
Any acute or chronic pain
Common Injuries Treated
First you want to make sure that the pads and/or machine are not damaged
Connect the pads to the wires on the machine
Next place the pads on the injured body parts
Then turn on the machine and increase the current
Procedure
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
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