Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, is an instrument used by chiropractors and other sports medicine providers as a tool useful in helping their patients with pain relief. A TENS pad is placed on the area of injury and creates a sensory level stimulation designed to reduce pain.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): A Non-Invasive Pain Relief Therapy

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a revolutionary pain relief therapy that has become an integral part of the treatment options offered at Royal Chiropractic and Dental Centers. TENS uses low-voltage electrical currents to effectively provide relief from pain, making it a preferred choice for various acute and chronic conditions that patients report.

Here’s a closer look at the benefits and workings of TENS:

Mechanism of Action

Our chiropractors use TENS therapy, which requires a small, battery-operated device to deliver electrical impulses through electrodes that they place on your skin. These electrodes deliver impulses to the affected area that help block or alter the feeling of pain by stimulating your nerve cells. This stimulation prevents pain signals from reaching your brain or increases the endorphin levels, the body’s natural painkillers.

Conditions Treated with TENS

Chiropractors use TENS therapy for various conditions like back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, bursitis, chronic pelvic pain, diabetes-related neuropathy, and more. The versatility and range of conditions it can treat make TENS a widely popular therapy among chiropractors worldwide.

Application and Comfort

TENS therapy is user-friendly and comfortable, with adhesive pads that the chiropractor will stick to your skin and adjust the settings for intensity, frequency, and duration. Most patients feel immediate pain relief during the treatment, and some report lasting effects after the treatment is over.

Advantages of TENS

Chiropractors use TENS therapy because it is non-invasive, and they can either use it stand-alone or in combination with other pain relief methods. It has been known to reduce the need for medication in some cases, and the unit is portable, so it doesn’t need a specific location or schedule.
Like any field, the chiropractic field is also evolving with time, and the activator instrument-based adjusting method is a testament to that evolution. It offers precise and gentle treatments that are effective for your spine’s health. This method is especially beneficial for patients who prefer less forceful methods to spinal adjustments as compared to the traditional methods.
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