TENS does indeed refer to the type of therapy output it is capable of. While an electric stim unit you would use at a chiropractor or PT’s office puts out enough voltage to elicit activity in sensory neurons and/or motor junctions to cause muscular contraction, TENS units are the lower voltage unprofessional cousins that only stimulate sensory neurons. Patients report really great results managing pain with these. State laws prohibit medical providers from placing them across the heart, across the cranial area, and nowhere above the neck in most states. but you, beautiful you, can do whatever you please because you’re an American and if you want to stick one pad to your head and one to your rectum, its your goddamn right to try and sync the two hemispheres of your brain!
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 My 92-year-old dad has chronic back pain which is aggravated by his participation in two 10-pin bowling leagues. This sounds like it would help but how hard is it to figure out how to use it?
 How long do the pads last and how much are the replacements?
It’s not difficult for YOU to figure out how to use it, but using these can be a bit of a hassle (I have a different model.) It’s a matter of placing the pads where they need to be, then putting them there. Not sure how long the pads on this unit would last, but I don’t use mine much anymore because I get confused figuring out where the pads should go. Then again, we KNOW I get confused easily anyway, don’t we? (Echo Echo.)
So on my phone, the preview is the picture. Imagine my excitement when i saw a whole new batch of SANSA MUSIC PLAYERS…
only to find out these weren’t sansas… lol.
TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Like electrocution, only milder.
Much milder, it’s only electrocution if it kills you.
On a side note, does anyone know what type of connectors this uses? Would like to know what other attachments besides these pads will work.
I see they’re snap connectors on the pad side, but what type of connector plugs into the power box?
Pad replacement info from manufacturer
1)Depending on frequency of use, the pads can last from one month to several months. If you find the pads lose their adhesiveness and it is very difficult to make them adhesive again by applying drops of clear water, or if the pads are worn out, you need to change the pads.
- The connections look close to 3mm headphone jack and the recharge port for unit is mini usb.
Why does the “massager mouse” say it is for massaging fingers and palms, and then show a picture of a woman using it with pads on her back while she stares adoringly at the mouse unit? Is it for palms? backs? both? Does she have fingers on her back? Please help.
I see you! I’m looking at the belt more than the individual pads. Surely that can’t be too complicated?
Does this mean that the belt could need to be replaced monthly? Will pad life be extended if application sites are cleaned to remove body oil before use?
Sansa. the first woot i wooted.
A Violet Wand this is not.
Not for use with ICD/Pacemaker, especially the new ones that are placed on the side edge of your rib cage.
Roses are Red
TENS are Blue
This is much cheaper than
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Bad advice, but it’s your head.
“I’m an amurrcan, nobody can tell me wot to do!”
(Health.com) – A popular pain-relief treatment that uses electricity to stimulate nerves isn’t likely to benefit the millions of Americans who live with chronic low back pain and shouldn’t be recommended for that purpose, new guidelines say.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, or TENS, is delivered using a small battery-operated generator connected to a set of electrodes.
Despite their popularity, there is little evidence that these devices are effective for chronic low back pain, according to the guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology, which were published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
“Physicians are advised against ordering TENS for patients with chronic low back pain since it is proven not to work,” says the lead author of the guidelines, Richard Dubinsky, M.D., a professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
It may not be likely to work for many, but I do have one and it does work for me.
My lower back issue is muscles cramping up. I tend to do something that sends it off the deep end about once a year. My most recent episode started New Year’s Eve eve when I slipped on frost slick grass going out to check my well head.
New Year day I spent part of the day on the floor, my back waited one day before cramping.
I took drugs (pain, nsaid, antispasmodic) for a few days.
My back was better, though not great. I had a few days where it started threatening to tighten up again, especially sitting at work (need a stand desk, but that’s another story).
Got out the TENS unit, I’d forgotten it since I’d not used it for a while.
I’ve found that a 15 minute session followed by a break and another 15 minute session actually does me a lot of good.
If you have structural problems, this may not work as well for you. For me, I need the stimulation that will break the spasm/cramp cycle by interrupting it with another signal.
Tha’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!
Oh, and my existing unit runs on 2 x AA. With fresh charge Li Ion, you cannot turn it up as high as it will go. I don’t disagree that is it lower power output than an expensive pro model - but it will jolt you. I’m guessing, if properly placed, it’d make the muscles twitch.
It’s all about placement of the pads to stimulate the muscle(s) in question.
I am very happy they work for you! There was a doc on NPR who said the 50% of back surgerys either don’t work or are not needed.