Physical therapists at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness center describe Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy as the treatment of pain using low-voltage electric currents.
Physical therapists in Arlington, VA have found this to be an effective way to manage pain in patients suffering from chronic (long-term) and acute (short-term) pain. The TENS machine is made up of a palm-sized battery-operated simulator and 2 or more electrodes that are connected to the battery by lead wires. It has knobs that can be adjusted to start, stop and vary the intensity of the electrical pulse.
Placement of the pads is based on your physiotherapists’ recommendation. Normally, a pair of the electrodes is placed on the skin where the pain is being experienced or close to the spine along the nerve pathway connecting the pain site to the spinal cord.
The theory behind the mechanism for the TENS machine is that the electrical impulses override the sensory nerves pain messages stopping them from reaching the brain and it also signals the brain to produce a natural pain inhibitor.
This method of pain management is becoming more popular because people prefer not taking drugs, therefore, reducing the risk of addiction.
Pain relief is experienced almost instantly as you shall be informed by any of our attending doctors during your physical therapy at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness center. In our therapy practice, as any physical therapist in Arlington, VA would recommend, these are some of the conditions that merit the use of TENS therapy:
- Cancer pain
- Labor pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Bursitis (swelling of the cushion pads in joints)
- Osteoporosis-related pain in the joints, bones or muscles
- Fibromyalgia-related pain in the joints, bones or muscles
- Tendinitis (swelling of muscle tissue)