T.E.N.S. stand for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a type of therapy used to help relieve acute and chronic pain that is caused by nerves. When there is a neurological breakdown, either from damage or disease, the signals can be interrupted or sent/received incorrectly. “This miscommunication can result in serious pain, especially in areas of the lower and upper back,” says Dr. Tally of Neurospinal Associates in Bradenton, Florida. Muscles can become tense and painful from over stimulation from nerves, which can escalate and involve larger areas of muscles and nerves. A T.E.N.S. works by helping to block the erroneous nerve signals, relieving the pain and helping the muscles to relax. It can also help stimulate natural pain nullifying chemicals in the brain called endorphins.
Is It Right For You
While T.E.N.S. Is a common component used in physical and home therapy, it is not right for everyone. Despite the fact they can be purchased without a prescription and are even able to be found in the many pharmacy aisles, they should not be used without consulting a doctor first. Depending on the source of the pain, or existing spinal injuries, using a T.E.N.S. may not be recommended. If your doctor feels you may benefit from such a treatment, they can advise you on what to look for and may even be able to help with the costs.
Costs Of Therapy
Some insurance companies cover T.E.N.S. Units with a valid prescription and diagnosis from a doctor. Depending on your particular situation, if it is felt to be a viable treatment, but insurance will not cover it. Basic units can be as cheap as $18 and high end units are $300 of more. Most patients find that for long term therapy, and chronic pain, units between the $50 to $100 range work best. As it can be seen as a risky investment, given you cannot know how you react to it until it is tried, some patients opt to start with a lower priced unit and trade up if it seems to have potential to help.