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How TENS Units Work

  How Tens Units Work

Pain is the body's warning system. It is a way of letting an individual
know that something is wrong. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulations
(TENS) is a safe non-invasive drug-free method of pain management. It
relieves pain by sending small electrical impulses through electrodes
placed on the skin to underlying nerve fibers. TENS is believed to work by
two different mechanisms. First, electrical stimulation of the nerve fibers
can block a pain signal from being carried to the brain. If the signal is
blocked, pain is not perceived. Secondly, the body has its own mechanism
for suppressing pain. It does this by releasing natural chemicals called
endorphins in the brain which act as analgesics. TENS may activate this
mechanism. By effectively managing pain without drugs, TENS allows many
people with chronic pain conditions to resume daily activity.

You can not strain or sprain your muscles by overworking them with your
electronic muscle stimulator system because the feeling is more like a
pleasant tingling sensation than a shock or jolt.

However, the following should not use electronic muscle stimulators (EMS):
THOSE THAT ARE PREGNANT, USE A PACE MAKER, HAVE METAL PLATES OR PINS, HAVE
DIABETICS, OR HAVE ABNORMALLY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Just as with starting any new exercise program, if in doubt, consult your physician.

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