Any one use a TENS unit?

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  1. Jiffy_Jeff

    Jiffy_Jeff Playin Tunes and Having Fun! Silver Supporting Member

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    TENS - (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)

    Anyone use these units at home or in physical therapy. I have started using them when I go to the chiropractor. Not sure if they are doing anything.

    Do they help over time or is it just an immediate relief?
     
  2. Fred132

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    I've used one.

    My experience is that it helps a little, but only while you're using it.
     
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    I've used one and found it to be helpful over time.
     
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    It helped me enormously after a severe auto accident back in 2008.

    I was miserable and the scrips' the doctors gave me made me feel like my head was full of cement.

    I still use it whenever my sciatica acts up.
     
  5. sanrico

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    I have one that I received from physical therapy after a car accident. I can't say it was great for me. I lent it to someone after she had a bad accident, and she liked it enough to buy one of her own.

    I guess I was disappointed to learn that it doesn't affect the actual injury. It just confuses the transmission of pain data to your brain so you don't "feel" the pain as much. I was hoping it had more of a healing effect than that.
     
  6. TELECOLLECTOR

    TELECOLLECTOR Astro Boy - who knew? Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a EMPI Neuromuscular stimulator that does TENS and NEMS.

    I only use the NMES (neuromucsular electrical stimulator) to help "re-educate" my calf muscle due to a nerve impingement in my lower back.

    TENS units are lower power and are only for temporary pain management - there is no long-term benefits. Not a cure but, rather, a diversion, so your brain doesn't focus on the pain.
     
  7. guitarlifestyle

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    I found it to be useful for me. It is fairly temporary, but I find that it does help for me.
     
  8. GAD

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    I used one after ACL replacement. It was great except when the PT would put the electrode right on the nerve. I had to ask him to move it repeatedly. When it was on properly, it was pretty cool.
     
  9. speedyone

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    Had a TENS. Did absolutely nothing for my pain (had debilitating sciatic pain, could barely walk).

    But it works for some.
     
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    I had an obscure condition called, 'locked shoulder.' TENS was part of the PT, after strengthening and the tearing of scar tissue. It wasn't a blind test, so I can only say that it was weird and painful when set too high. Insurance paid for it.
     
  11. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    I've used one for very special cases, where extremely limited local anesthetic could be used. From what I've seen, the pain relief is very transitory, very here-then-done (when turned off). In the application I used it for, that was good. ymmv.
     
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    I have one at home and use it every time my lower back goes. After about 3 x 15 minute sessions things start feeling better.
     

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