Tens Machines for Arthritis - How it Works & Treatments

By Med-Fit UK Content Team  .  Last Updated Thursday, 2nd February 2023

What is TENS and how does it work?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a technique used for pain relief that involves applying electrical currents through the skin.

TENS works by delivering electrical currents into the body via electrode pads. These pads adhere to the skin and are connected either wirelessly or through wires to a TENS machine. Once the electrical current is introduced to the body, it stimulates the release of endorphins, enkephalin (a naturally occurring brain chemical), and other substances. These substances work together to interrupt pain signals sent to the brain, effectively alleviating pain.

Some studies suggest that TENS machines are most effective when used during specific activities such as walking, performing chores, or engaging in exercises. TENS can be utilized as a method to manage pain while enabling individuals to be more physically active. However, it is important to note that some users may prefer to rest while using the TENS machine, depending on their specific condition and personal preferences.

How can TENS help with Chronic Pains?

TENS machines offer assistance for chronic pain conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Fibromyalgia. Non-invasive treatment methods have gained popularity among individuals who prefer alternatives to certain medications or wish to avoid other forms of therapy.

TENS, as a versatile therapy, can effectively address various types of pain and medical conditions, including chronic and acute post-operative pain. When it comes to arthritis, TENS therapy primarily focuses on alleviating pain rather than treating or modifying the arthritis itself. It proves particularly beneficial for individuals with inflammatory arthritis like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis, as well as the aforementioned chronic pain conditions like Fibromyalgia.

This type of therapy offers an affordable, safe, and user-friendly solution that can be incorporated into a self-management approach for individuals dealing with fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. It empowers those in need of pain relief. To assist our customers in selecting the right TENS machine, we have developed comprehensive guides that accompany our range of devices, ensuring they make an informed choice suitable for their specific needs.

How long does the TENS pain relief last?

Upon switching on a TENS machine, setting it at the appropriate level, and correctly placing the electrodes, the body's natural pain-relieving mechanisms are activated. This leads to a reduction in the activity of pain-transmitting neurons.

The duration of the pain relief experienced after switching off the TENS machine varies among individuals. While some users may not experience a long-lasting effect, others have reported several hours of relief once the device is turned off. It is important to note that excessive use of the TENS machine may not be appreciated by the muscles, so moderation is recommended. However, some individuals have successfully used the device throughout the day, recharging it at night, without encountering any issues.

Finding the right approach and duration of TENS machine usage may require some experimentation to determine what works best for each individual. We offer a variety of machines with different settings, programs, and options specifically designed for individuals dealing with chronic pain. This allows users to tailor their therapy to their unique needs and preferences.

Any feeling when using a Tens Machine?

TENS machines administer a gentle tingling sensation, which can vary in intensity depending on the chosen program, the specific device used, and how it is positioned or configured.

TENS units offer the flexibility to deliver bursts, pulses, or constant electrical currents, each producing a distinct sensation. While the sensation may feel unusual, it is generally nothing to be concerned about.

Other forms of Pain relief?

People with Fibromyalgia, Arthritis or other chronic conditions can find other home remedies that may help assist further with pain relief, including:
• Yoga
Tai Chi
Hot and Cold Therapy
• General Exercise
There is a lot of good evidence that using a whole variety of different exercises helps treat Osteoarthritis