Most frequent questions and answers
A Tens Unit, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation can help back and neck pain that may be caused by trauma or continual strain. The body responds to such pain or injury with muscle guarding, an attempt to immobilize the painful area by tightening the muscles surrounding the injury. Muscle guarding impairs circulation in the affected area.
The decrease in blood supply leads to a decrease in metabolism with an accumulation of waste products. TENS therapy (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulator) can help break this pain cycle and aid in the normal healing process.
EMS Muscle stimulators, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation are used to relieve pain, reduce spasms and edema, tone weak muscles and assist in the healing process. Known to ease muscle tension, stiffness in joints or back areas, and known for increasing motion restricted from disuse or atrophy, electronic muscle stimulation can also increase local blood circulation.
EMS Units run at intensities from 1 to 130 Mega Hertz. Where a tens unit is designed to help relieve certain types of chronic and acute pain by stimulating the nervous tissue, an EMS is designed to treat more of the muscle area than the nerves. This can help reduce swelling and muscle inflation which can have a negative effect as strained muscles can pull joints out of place.
Check with your doctor or physical therapist to help determine what features you need to achieve the best results from TENS or EMS therapy for your particular condition. Some key features to look for in all units include battery life, controls and width control. Some less-expensive TENS units use regular disposable batteries. In many cases, the higher cost of a unit with a rechargeable battery is easily justified by the savings from recharging the unit instead of buying new batteries. High-tech machines like TENS units tend to wear out disposable batteries quickly.
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You can apply the adhesive electrode pads to anywhere on your body, except the heart and brain area, the front of the neck, or directly on an open or bleeding wound.
Ensure that the protective plastic film covering the electrode pad adhesive surface has been removed. Your pads may have dried out. The adhesive gel on the electrode pads should be moist. The pads will eventually dry out from use and will need to be replaced. To extend the life of your pads, place a few drops of water on each pad after use and immediately apply the protective film to prevent them from drying out or picking up dirt. For best results, replace your electrode pads often.
Worn out electrode pads are the most common cause. Try replacing your worn pads with a new set. The sensation should be mild and soothing, not stinging. Electrodes pad must be moist and sticky to work. Pads that have dried out may produce a weak and stinging sensation. Try placing a few drops of water onto the pads. Wipe the surface with your finger, allow any excess water to dry and then apply immediately to your skin. Make sure that the electrode pads are making firm and full contact with your skin. For best results, replace your pads often.
- Check for a firm wire connection on the pads and make sure the plug is securely plugged into the post of the unit.
- Turn the unit off before adjusting or plugging in the lead wires to prevent sudden, intense stimulation.
- Make sure that the battery has been charged.
- Check to ensure the electrode pads are moist and not worn out.
- Turn the unit off, then turn back on again.
- Please make sure both electrode pads are attached to the same person’s body, in order to feel the sensation.
No, unfortunately, muscle stimulators should not be used by those with a pacemaker or defibrillator.
You can use it as often as you like. An average alleviation session should last between 10-40 minutes. We recommend you use your muscle stimulator a minimum of 20 minutes to achieve results but not more that 60 minutes on the same area to prevent muscle fatigue. We recommend using your device 1 to 3 times per day for best results.
Our devices are cleared for OTC use and are not intended to replace any professional health care. When in doubt, we recommend that you consult with your health practitioner first.