What is TENS therapy?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that uses low voltage electrical current to provide pain relief.
How does TENS work?
There are two theories. One theory is that the electric current stimulates nerve cells that block the transmission of pain signals, modifying your perception of pain.
The other theory is that nerve stimulation raises the level of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killing chemical. The endorphins then block the perception of pain.
Starting on a lower setting and then gradually increasing it until the sensation feels strong but comfortable. You will feel a slight tingling sensation pass through your skin.
What is TENS therapy used to treat?
- Osteoarthritis (disease of joints)
- Fibromyalgia (aching and pain in muscles, tendons
and joints all over the body)
- Tendinitis (an inflammation or irritation of an
- Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that
- Peripheral artery disease
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Diabetic Neuropathy
Are there any risks of TENS therapy?
For most people, TENS is a safe treatment with no side effects. Some people’s skin may become red and irritated.
If you have any current or past health issues, or any concerns or questions, always check with your healthcare provider before using TENS.
For more information, contact our podiatry team.