TENS

What is TENS?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

How does it work?

A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes. These pads are placed directly onto the skin, near the source of pain. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of the body and are felt as a tingling sensation.

How does it help reduce pain?

  • The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles.
  • They also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are body’s natural painkillers.

Benefits of TENS?

  • TENS is a noninvasive method for relieving pain.
  • People who experience pain relief from TENS may be able to reduce their intake of pain medications, some of which can be addictive or cause adverse side effects.

TENS is useful in which pain conditions?

TENS may be able to help reduce pain and muscle spasms caused by a wide range of pain conditions like –

  • Arthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain caused by endometriosis
  • Period pain
  • Sports injuries

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at strategic points on the body, to various depths.

Why Acupuncture?
A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. It is said to balance the energy of the body as well as boost well-being and may cure some illnesses.

Acupuncture is useful in which pain conditions?

Acupuncture is useful in following pain conditions –

  • Tension Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee pain

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be beneficial in that:

  • Performed correctly, it is safe
  • There are very few side effects
  • It can be effectively combined with other treatments
  • It can control some types of pain
  • It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable