A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator is an electronic device that produces electrical signals used to stimulate nerves through unbroken skin. The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. TENS works to decrease pain perception and may be used to control acute and chronic pain. In one study on post-operative abdominal surgery found that TEMS may be a simple and effective method for improving muscle protein synthesis and muscle mass after abdominal surgery and should be evaluated in other catabolic states with muscle wasting.
Bhatnagar et al point out that electrical muscular stimulation may result in initiating contraction of the stimulated muscle and can increase muscular strength.
TENS is usually more applicable for acute or chronic nerve related pain conditions
On the other hand, EMS is commonly used to prevent or reduce muscle atrophy, increase blood flow to muscles, increase range of motion, increase muscle strength, as well as enhance muscle endurance. EMS might be more beneficial for your condition. Consult a trained health professional on proper use of these devices.
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I have been using a TENS machine recently for an arthyritic knee. It does seem to give me some relief from pain. I was interested to read that it doesn't work for everything. Am I doing right by using it for Arthyritis?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is, indeed, useful for arthritis. Its rate of success would depend on the type and severity of the pain. While TENS only offers short term pain relief that lasts for just a few hours, it would be helpful in making the patient rely less on drugs.
Although TENS is relatively safe, it is still advisable to undergo this under the direction of a physician or phsical therapist. TENS should be avoided in pregnancy, open wounds, pacemakers, some skin conditions such as scleroderma and vasculitis, and in areas such as front and side of the neck, around the eyes, and areas of skin without sensation.
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sorry to jump in, does tens increase muscle growth like EMS?
I have undergone TENS treatment under the supervision of an acupressure therapist for the last 15 days. Ihave tightness of soles of feet and mild numbness in my legs since last 4years. As there was no slightest relief in tightness i had to postpone the therapy. I am also taking Serretio peptidase which reduces swelling.
I would like to know how much time it takes to show that it will be effective? Should I purchase TENs and do the treatment regularly as an exercise? Any other exercises are indicated?Please note i do not have pain as such. I have sensations of tightness. I do not have diabetis, No B12 degiciency and Iron deficiency. I am 78. Tjanx