How TENS Therapy Relieves Chronic Low Back Pain

TENS chronic low back pain

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy is used by many physical therapists. Here are some things you need to know about TENS, what healthcare professionals recommend and if an Over The Counter TENS device is right for you.

How TENS Devices Work

Electrical stimulation type treatments aren't a revolutionary new chronic pain therapy. The Romans applied electric eels to treat headaches and gout pain. More recently, electrotherapy garnered a lot of attention, and use, from the late 1800s up into the 1930s.

The OTC TENS devices available today first gained FDA approval in 2004.

TENS Works by Applying Electrical Impulses

Electrodes send electric pulses through your skin to activate your natural pain response mechanism. The electrical impulses stimulate nerve activity to block pain receptors and get your body to release endorphins, your body's natural pain relief chemicals.

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According to Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN, there are numerous studies evaluating the efficacy of TENS therapy. Not all the studies agree and results are not completely conclusive, but the research indicates TENS treatment can be useful for relief of chronic low back pain.

This treatment is not for everyone. Individuals with a pacemaker or any implanted metal or electronic medical devices should avoid using TENS.

Where to Get TENS

After consulting your doctor, you can opt to buy an over-the-counter TENS unit or a specific device prescribed by your healthcare provider, chiropractor or physical therapist.

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