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What Is TENS?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It’s a type of therapy physiotherapists use to aid in pain relief.

The base machine can vary, but it is typically a bit larger than your cell phone. This base connects to pads or discs called electrodes, which is the part you place on your skin. The electrodes may or may not be wireless.

​These electrodes will be placed on an area of pain, or a pressure point. Once the device is turned on, electric impulses or stimulation are sent into the nerves of that particular area.

​This is a non-invasive technique is used to reduce pain, and increase circulation to the treated area. It also promotes the production of your endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain reducers that suppress pain signals.

​The electrical stimulation can be adjusted for frequency and intensity, so your physiotherapist can tailor the treatment specifically to your needs.

Is It Safe?

TENS machines are non-invasive, drug-free, and non-addictive. The machine is ultimately controlled by the physiotherapist and client at all times, and is approved by Health Canada and the FDA.

When Should It Be Used?

A TENS machine can be found to help a variety of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, such as nerve pain, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, menstrual pain, back pain, migraines and more.

I Still Have More Questions…

Not to worry! Check out the FAQ section below and our blog post about TENS. Still have questions after that? Give us a call!

We offer a wide variety of pain modalities and effective treatment options. Some of these include:

  • Massage Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Manual Therapy for pain management
  • Physical therapists
  • Soft tissue, connective tissue and joint mobilization 

If you suffer from the following chronic conditions or conditions, book your appointment today so we can work together to improve your quality of life:

  • Neck pain
  • Decrease range of motion
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Poor posture
  • Pelvic pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Labour pain
  • Acute injury
  • Prevention of injury
TENS unit on knee

FAQ Section

TENS therapy is a great option for those suffering from chronic pain, muscle tension, and nerve pain. It can also be used to reduce inflammation and swelling, improve circulation, and help with muscle spasms. Additionally, it can be used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, sports injuries, menstrual pain, back pain, migraines and more. TENS therapy is a safe, non-invasive, and drug-free treatment option.

The average cost of a TENS unit can vary depending on the type and features of the device. Generally, basic TENS units can range from $50 to $200, while more advanced models may cost up to $500 or more. It is important to note that many insurance companies may cover the cost of a TENS unit if it is prescribed by a doctor or physiotherapist for medical purposes.

The cons of a TENS machine include the potential for skin irritation or burns, as well as the possibility of overstimulation. It is important to follow your physiotherapist’s instructions carefully when using a TENS machine, as improper use can lead to adverse effects. Additionally, some people may experience an increase in pain after using a TENS machine due to the stimulation of nerve endings.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option that can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling. The electrical stimulation from the TENS machine helps to increase circulation in the affected area, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Additionally, it can help to reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain reducers.

TENS machines and acupuncture are both non-invasive, drug-free treatment options for pain relief. While both treatments can be effective in reducing pain, they work differently. TENS machines use electrical stimulation to reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, while acupuncture uses needles to stimulate specific points on the body to help relieve pain. Ultimately, which treatment is best for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.