TENS Units & EMS Units:
Pain Relief Medical Citations For TENS
TENS Pain Relief & Medical Citations
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Pain Relief with TENS
There are a multitude of painful conditions for which TENS units have been used for in pain relief. Table 1 lists some of the conditions that have responded positively to the use of TENS.
- Arthritis (10,12,13)
- Osteoarthritis (3.9)
- Cervical spondylosis
- Low back pain (1,3,8,10,12,13)
pain syndromes (10,12,13)
- Acute sprains/strains, Sports injuries (1.9,10)
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome (1,3,13)
- Radiculopathy (1.9,13)
nerve injuries (1,10,13)
- Phantom limb pain (3,9,13)
- Post operative
- Spinal cord disorders (1,10)
- Pain in the
terminally ill (1,3,13)
- Labor pain (1,3)
Tens should NOT be used:
- By someone with a pacemaker (3,6,8)
- By someone with a heart condition (3,8,10)
- By someone with epilepsy (3,6)
- With the electrodes on infected (inflamed) skin (3,4)
- By women who are pregnant (3,6,8,10,12)
- Around the head (3)
- With the electrodes placed on the neck near carotid (3,6,9)
- Wall P D. The Discovery of TENS. Physiotherapy,
1985; 71 (8):348-350
- Johnson M I. Ashton C H. Thompson J W. The
Clinical use of TENS. Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, 1992;
- Frampton, TENS. Clayton's Electrotherapy IOE,
- Mannheimer JS. Electrode Placements for TENS.
Physical Therapy, 1978; 58(12):1455-1461
- Belanger A Y. Physiological Evidence for an
Endogenous Opiate-Related Pain-Modulating System and its Relevance to
TENS. A Review. Physiotherapy Canada, 1985;37(3):163-168
- Soric R.Devlin M. TENS. Practical aspects and
applications, Postgraduate Medicine 1985; 78(4):101-107
- Forster A. Palastanga N. Pain Modulation.
Clayton's Electrotherapy: Theory and Practice,1990:100-110
- Herman E. The Use of TENS in the Management of
Chronic Pain. Physiotherapy Canada, 1977; 29(2):65-71.9.
- Bechtel T. Fan PT. When is TENS Effective and
Practical for pain relief. How to put Electrical Stimulation to best use.
The Journal of Musculosketetal Medicine, 1985; 2(11):37-43
- Wong J. Rapson L. TENS. Manual of TENS
- Melzack R. Vetere P. Finch L. TENS for Low
Back Pain. A comparison of TENS and Massage for pain and range of motion.
Physical Therapy 1983; 63(4):489-493.
- Forster A, Palastanga N. TENS. Calyton's
Electrotherapy: Theory and Practice 1990; 103-107
- T. Johnson R. McCracken TENS. Its Role in
the Control of Chronic Pain. Arch Phys Med
Rehabil. 1984; 65:228-231.
Consumer Product Use Warning
TENS & EMS units and other units on the Medword site are sold with the understanding that the consumer will only use the products for their intended purpose. Medword, its agents, suppliers, and manufacturers only warrant that these units will perform the functions stated. No medical cure should be inferred and Medword does not hold forth that these units will perform any other physical effect than that which is stated. For user safety and optimum results, we strongly recommend the usage of these units and placement of electrodes be under the supervision of a Chiropractor, Podiatrist, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Osteopathy, Medical Doctor, Dentist, Nurse Practitioner, PH.D., or Doctor of Acupuncture. Units should not be used if the person has: a pacemaker; a heart condition; epilepsy, and/or; is pregnant.
- Do not use electrical stimulation over carotid sinus nerves (throat), eyes, or nose.
- The long-term effects of chronic use of electrical stimulation are unknown.
- This device is a symptomatic treatment and suppresses the sensation of pain, which would otherwise serve as a protective mechanism.
- Do not immerse device in water or other liquids.
- The use of heat or cold producing devices, such as electric heating blankets, heating pads, or ice packs, may impair the performance of the electrode or alter the patient's circulation/sensitivity and increase the risk of injury to the patient.
- Units should not be used if the person has: a pacemaker; heart condition; epilepsy, and/or; is pregnant.
TENS & EMS Units as Therapy:
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) units, EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulator) units are an accepted form of therapy by Western medicine in the treatment of specific musculoskeletal conditions. These units are commonly used by medical doctors, medical rehabilitation specialists, and medical physiotherapists to treat specific symptoms. These professionals often "prescribe" where the TENS electrodes & EMS electrodes should be placed on the body. Please refer to the bibliography of medical citations in our article found here. Always consult a licensed physician before starting any type of medical therapy.
Supplier Guarantee & Return Policy
Medword Medical Sales, through our supplier, guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. If you are not 100% satisfied with the results you are receiving from your EMS or TENS machine or electrodes, as long as the order is returned in good condition within 30 days, you will be issued a full refund. Medword's supplier is the low-price leader and promises to match all competitors prices. The TENS units and EMS come with a 5 Year Warranty. If you are having any problems with your EMS or TENS unit, send it back to our supplier and a new replacement unit will be shipped out to you immediately.
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