What is a tens unit?
A Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine is used as an alternative and effective way to painkilling medication. A TENS machine is a portable, small and battery powered device which is worn on the body. The box or device is attached by wires to stick pads (or if it’s Bluetooth, just pads) stuck to the skin. Small electrical pulses are transmitted to the body, similar to a small electrical shock (not as bad!).
This can help to ease pain in some people with certain types of chronic pains or issues, but also it is known to improve blood circulation. The advantage of TENS is well tolerated and largely without side-effects, but also an extremely popular tool/device.
How can they improve poor blood circulation?
The blood circulation system is the method of getting needed oxygen and necessary nutrients to the cells in the body. If blood flow in a specific area is poor, then the cells will find it a very difficult to get all the energy and nutrients required to enable the body to operate in the best way.
Poor blood circulation can be unpleasant. If it isn’t treated, it can lead to discomfort and potentially lead to further health problems down the road.
So, how can TENS devices help?
By using electrical muscle stimulation, you will be effectively stimulating your muscles and increasing the blood flow into the area of treatment. There are a number of programs available that change the electrical current in Tens Devices, this is essentially switching your muscle on and off, causing them to contract and release repeatedly throughout the treatment. This nearly replicates a normal physiological activity such as having a massage or walking.
While this does not replace the exercises such as walking, it is a valuable addition to your routine and when aiming to boost circulation.
Using the Tens Machines we have available, regular uses will help condition your muscles by improving the capacity of your vascular system. Blood vessels will be able to deliver more oxygenated blood so that your muscles last longer and perform better. By creating non-fatigue muscle contractions, the EMS device will dilate blood vessels leading the way to increase and improve blood circulation. Further Information can be found here
Using an EMS device for 25 or more minutes a day will begin to show noticeable effects. The Tens Machines are easy and portable to use, so using it multiple times a day in locations such as your office or whilst watching the tv is super easy to do!