CATEGORY: Electronic Muscle Stimulators/Relaxers & TENS Unit Machines for Back Pain Therapy
TYPES: Clinically Proven/FDA Cleared & Approved Mini Handheld TENS Electronic Pulse Massagers & Muscle Stimulators (Electrotherapy), TENS Back Pain Relief Belts, Dual Channel Back Pain Electrodes Massage Therapy for Tight Muscles, Portable TENS unit Worn Under Clothes w/ Treatment Modes, Orthopedic Digital Interferential Therapy Pain Machines, Medical/Professional Muscle Conditioners, Tens Units for Sciatica & Herniated Disc, Portable Ultrasound Units, Low Back Pain Electrode Strip, Clinical Ultrasound Devices for Chiropractors & Physical Therapists
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TENS UNITS for BACK PAIN PROS:
>The TENS for back pain technique seems to work differently for different people. This means it could be worth trying but ONLY with your Doctor’s approval and ONLY for the reason your Doctor orders it.
>Promotes muscle activation, movement and circulation, which is generally beneficial to healing.
>Is relatively easy & safe to use but one should receive professional training & instruction prior to self (un-supervised) use.
>Is a drug-free form of back pain treatment with almost no chance of side effects when done properly.
>One can immediately feel the electro-stimulating effect of TENS units on sore muscles. Whether it proves to be an effective long-term solution for your back pain is questionable. However, there is no question that it’s doing something.
TENS UNITS for BACK PAIN CONS:
>Their effectiveness for long or short-term back pain relief is highly questionable.
>Prices of TENS machines can range from moderate to very expensive and, considering that a doctor’s visit is highly recommended in order to get approval & receive expert instruction, a significant time & money investment may be ‘required’ just to try this form of treatment.
>Those with pacemakers and/or those who are pregnant, and/or those who suffer from seizures/convulsions and/or those who have blood or blood vessel disorders should ONLY use TENS units under the close & direct supervision of a qualified medical professional; and, in some case, those with these conditions should not use TENS at all.
>There are particular serious safety risks if electrodes are placed on certain sensitive regions of the body.
>The Tens may block or interfere with pain nerve signals, but doesn’t necessarily eliminate the cause of the pain. For some, back pain relief provided by the TENS could make them neglect addressing the root cause of the problem and, during this time, a problem could get worse.
Research, though, has for the most part failed to support the use of TENS alone for back pain. In one review of four studies comparing TENS to placebo, conflicting evidence made it difficult to determine whether TENS is beneficial in reducing back pain intensity.
– WebMD Medical Reference Article: “Back Pain Health Center – TENS for Back Pain” (Published June 20, 2013)
TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a back pain treatment modality that applies low voltage electric current directly to back muscles via electrodes that contact the skin. It causes low to high(er) intensity involuntary muscle contractions that can be controlled, for the most part, by rotating the voltage dial on the unit. In some cases, the alternating phases of muscle contraction (stimulation) & relaxation are known to relieve muscle pain but the results vary so widely, from person to person, that the efficacy of this back pain cure is, perhaps, best determined through trial and error (and under a doctor’s direct instruction/supervision). Due to the highly questionable effectiveness of TENS for back pain, it may be a more sensible approach to first address the well-known and substantiated mechanical root cause of most chronic back pain: poor posture, as opposed to relying on a ‘mystery’ type of cure that, ultimately, does NOTHING to correct poor posture. Many have asked the questions: “Does a tens unit/machine help back pain? ” and “Does a tens unit work for back pain?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best electronic muscle stimulators & relaxers, and TENS unit treatments. Although, they both could work well together.
From the systematic review of the literature, based on the strength of the studies, we can say that TENS does not work for low back pain.
– Neurologist Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH, Kansas University Medical Center.
A Personal Review of Home Tens Units for Back Pain Sufferers from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
Admittedly, I have never tried a TENS unit for back muscle pain management. However, I have experienced the TENS effect on my bicep muscle before. I was at a medical convention and a conventioneer’s booth was offering free sessions. The set-up was fairly quick, as the two electrodes (pads) were placed on my upper and lower bicep. After the proctor turned the dial I, like most people – probably, was somewhat taken aback by the undulating muscles sensations. Basically, the machine feels like it sending the same electrical signals to your muscles that your nerves would otherwise send, except the muscle contractions inspired by the current of the machine were involuntary. This was somewhat unnerving at first (pun intended) but, after becoming accustomed to the weird electrical sensation, I felt & saw my muscle fibers twitching constantly in random directions; and this effect became even more amplified as the voltage dial was turned up.
Ultimately, this experience convinced me that TENS definitely has a direct impact on muscle flexion (a manual override – so to speak). However, I remained unclear as to its true therapeutic benefit of as a pain reliever. It seems it could be very beneficial for immobilized limbs & musculature, in which movement is not possible. But, otherwise, in situations of full mobility, one could achieve similar muscle activation through targeted exercise, which, naturally, the BODY-ALINE provides.