If you’ve never tried a TENS Device you are missing out, baby.
I’ve experienced TENS a few times, at chiropractic appointments and also recently when I had acupuncture again. It’s a little device that sends electrical stimulation to the muscles. It can be used for joint pain (arthritis), chronic injury and muscle soreness.
“Transcutaneous (trans-q-tain-e-us) electrical nerve stimulation (stih-mew-la-shun) is a pain control treatment. It is often called TENS for short. A TENS unit is a portable, pocket-sized, battery-powered device. The TENS unit uses mild, safe electrical signals to help control pain.”
Michael recently purchased a device for us to use at home. He bought it for his back. After testing, treatments and X-rays he found out he has scoliosis which is messing up his back muscles. The tens treatment should help. At the very least, provide some relief from the pain he’s experiencing.
I for one am totally excited about using the device to work out aches and pains. This little device will do wonders for both of us. For example, we both work desk jobs in front of a computer and as a result we both have huge knots in our shoulders. Even massage therapy hasn’t gotten those knots out. I think this will help. After my acupuncture appointment where she used the tens device I felt like a million bucks. My aches and pains were gone.
How it works is that you put the sticky patches on your skin in the area to treat and plug the electrodes into the patches.
Then turn the device on and slowly increase the number until it’s comfortable. Here’s a guide of where to put the electrodes:
Last Friday night I sat next to the fireplace with Michael and we watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I used the TENS device on my leg. I’ve been running a lot more lately and I noticed my knee was starting to have issues again. I just chilled and let it do it’s work. It feels weird. It’s a pulsating, vibrating sensation.
My muscles twitched like a beating heart until I turned it down a little bit. It was bizarre to look down and see my leg muscles pulsating but cool too. I hope to see some progress in our differing pains.
After the relaxing electrical stimulation we made a homey dinner of New York Strip steak with some Gorgonzola cheese on top. I steamed some broccoli to go with dinner. The steak was pretty big so we split it.
QUESTION: Have you ever used a TENS device? What did you think?