TENS stands for ‘Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation’. It consists of a small black box that connects to your skin via gel pads – it is safe and easy to use.
The pads electrically stimulate nerves under the skin, giving pain relieving signals to your brain. The TENS machine can be very effective in reducing pain and giving some much needed relief to both old and new injuries.
It has also been shown to be very effective in decreasing low back pain in pregnancy (paste following link into your browser: http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/337720) for further detailed information.
It is easy to use and easy to transport, meaning you can have it in your pocket while walking about town.
Gardens Physiotherapy have TENS machines available for hire. There is a one-off $20 hire fee for the TENS machine, as well as the cost of a pack of 4 electrodes at a cost of $20. You will need to discard the electrodes after use.
We recommend a 15 minute consultation with a physiotherapist on the use of the TENS machine. The cost of this consultation is included in the $20 hire fee. The use of the TENS machine is at client’s own risk.