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How Long Do You Use a TENS Machine For

Posted by Sean on 12/12/2016 to Electrotherapy

How Long Do You Use a TENS Machine For?

There are lots of pain medications available today in the market but you don’t know if it will totally help you reduce the pain you feel or if it will provide you long term of effect on your body. Because of this, there are some better ways on how you can reduce the pain you have even without taking any pain relief medicines.

There is a new device today that is becoming popular that is commonly used by most of the people and it is called Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS machine.  It is an alternative for painkilling medications. 

What is TENS Machine?

TENS Machine is just a portable device that is battery operated that can be worn in the body. It has wires that have sticky pads that you can use to stick on your skin wherein it has an electric pulse that is transmitted to the body. Through the use of this device, it can help you ease the pain that you feel that is why lots of people chose to use it since it provides no side effects.

Reasons to use TENS Machines

There are many reasons why you should opt to use TENS machines. Some people use this device because it is drug-free and good for their pain management. Thus, it is very easy to use despite its size. Aside from this, people opt to use this machine because it does not provide some side effects like drowsiness. Also, it is non-invasive device since it will provide you the real freedom to walk or move and can be used for as long as you want.

Another great thing about TENS machine is that you can use it for conjunction for prescribing drugs. Because of its popularity, there is some research being conduct by most of the professionals to clarify its effectiveness to the body. According to their research, it is proved that it is an effective treatment for pain relief and at the same time safe to use.

How Does the TENS Machine Works?

The TENS machines can be used in two different ways:

         High pulse rate. This is the normal use of TENS machine wherein it has pulse rate for about 90-130 HZ. With this electrical impulses from this device, it will help you block the pain message that is being sent to your brain. Due to this, it can effectively control the pain you feel and block the pain messages and reduce the pain that you suffer from.


         Low pulse rate. Another option you can choose from is that you can set your TENS Machines into low rate pulse for about 2-5 HZ. Through this rate, you can stimulate your body to create its own pain that ease chemicals that are called endorphins. In this process, the Morphine will act a bit to block some pain signals.

However, the use of this TENS machines should be advice by the doctor or by a professional healthcare because this device is not suitable for all kinds of pains. This is to ensure that it will work effectively.

But the most common people who use this TENS Machines are that people who suffer from knee joint arthritis, back pain, osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain, bursitis, tendinitis and musculoskeletal pain. Aside from this, it can also be used together with your pain relief medication. This is to ensure that you will reduce the intake of your pain relief medicines.

On the other hand, if you are a new user of this device, you need to keep in your mind that you should use it slowly to ensure it will work effectively.

How Long TENS Machine Should Be Use?

Using TENS machine will provide you some pleasant sensation in your skin most especially to the part where you put the pads. Due to this, there are people who wonder if how long they should use this device.

Most of the expert says that TENS machine can be used immediately wherein you are required to use it for about 30 minutes so you can reach the maximum effect of this device. But most of the TENS machine can really last for 30 minutes since it automatically switches off.

This TENS Machines can be used for how many hours you desired. But the most typical use of this device can last for more than 30 minutes up to 2 hours. Aside from this, it is also applicable to apply several times in one day if you really need it.

But there are also times that the use of TENS machine are set for good recommendations wherein it depends on the pain you feel. Here are some best recommended times for different kinds of pain:

         Chronic pain – you can use it for about 20 – 30 minutes and apply it for almost five times a day.

         Acute pain – you can use it for about 20 -60 minutes and apply it up to four times in a day.

You can use the TENS machines often as you want so you can ensure that you will relieve your pain for four hours.

Learning the right time of hours on how long you need to use it will guarantee you of better results. Thus, it will ensure you that it will relieve the pain you feel and reduce the intake of your pain killer medicines.

Because of this, there are huge numbers of people today who opt for this device especially when most of the expert proves that it is safe to use and brings no harm to your body. Therefore, if you want to use it, it is recommended to see your doctor first so you can be educated on its proper use and follow the instructions correctly.

This will give you the assurance that you will no longer suffer from the pain you feel and provides you a good feeling on your health. There is no doubt that why most people opt for this device since they find it useful for their health. 

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Jessie petri
Date: 6/16/2021
How can I be sure tens will not be harmful to my heart w/ pacemaker
Date: 8/11/2021 9:17:27 PM
TENS should NOT be used by individual with a pacemaker. Ask your doctor as I imagine using it ONLY for a knee shouldn't be a problem.
Miranda D Bailey
Date: 9/3/2021
I have recently purchased one and it has helped my frozen Shoulder and arm pain .. i wanted to know if its common for the nerve in your arm to jump when the current is pulsing it doesnt hurt its just feels weird i wanted to make sure im placing the modes properly
Tim Hogan
Date: 10/31/2021
No it's not common at all!!!!! Electricity doesn't cause muscle spasms! You must be using it wrong. Try turning it up some in intensity and make the frequency higher.

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