TENS therapy-What is it?

TENS therapy and EMS machine for knee pain in the Georgia Mountains

TENS therapy and EMS machine for knee pain in the Georgia Mountains

So I figured I'd vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia for a week.  Beautiful mountains, deer, humming birds, trout, it couldn't be more perfect, that is until I decided to attempt the impossible and climb some of these "hills" on my Scott Cyclocross Bike.  My trek started out simple enough, riding some nice rolling hills while checking out the country side and then some serious decents where I really picked up some speed, over 40 mph on some hills, it actually felt pretty good on this 84 degree summer day.

And then I turned around and while doing so, caught a glimpse of the dark cloud cover moving in quickly.  I was now 22 miles from where I started with nothing but hills in front of me and bad weather closing in fast.  To make a long story short, I made it back to our cabin alive with my two dogs waiting with wagging tails.  Of course I was soaking wet with rain & sweat combined with 22 different insects sticking to me.  My legs were wobbling like I just drank a pint of smirnoff and only got worse as hours went bye.  Mostly, my knees were killing me!

My friend wanted to go for a bike ride the next day so I needed a quick fix fast, especially for my knees that were really sore and tired. Fortunately, I had the stimtens stimtec quatro EMS & TENS therapy machine still in my car.  This was just what the doctor ordered.  This time I put it on the electric muscle stimulator mode for about 20 minutes and finished off with the Russian Stim mode just to rebuild a little.  This not only removed the lactic acid so I could recover quickly but also relieved any pain that I was feeling, they refer to this as electronic aspirin.  The electric muscle stimulator setting also strengthens the surrounding tissue of the knee for additional support.  Anyway, I'm glad I had the StimTens Stimtec quatro device up here with me in the mountains of Georgia, I don't know what I'd do without it.

 

 

TENS Therapy Machines-What are they & why use them?

TENS Therapy Machines-What are they & why use them?

What is TENS?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical current for pain relief.

 Connect two or more electrodes (wires that conduct electrical current) from the machine to your skin.  The electrodes are often placed on the area of pain or at a pressure point, creating a circuit of electrical impulses that travels along nerve fibers.

When the current is delivered, some people experience less pain. This may be because the electricity from the electrodes stimulates the nerves in an affected area and sends signals to the brain that block or "scramble" normal pain signals. Another theory is that the electrical stimulation of the nerves may help the body to produce natural painkillers called endorphins, which may block the perception of pain.

You can set the TENS machine for different wavelength frequencies, such as a steady flow of electrical current or a burst of electrical current, and for intensity of electrical current. Your physical therapist, acupuncturist, or doctor usually determines these settings.

After you receive an introduction to and instruction in this therapy, you can do TENS at home.

What is TENS used for?

People use TENS to relieve pain for several different types of illnesses and conditions. They use it most often to treat muscle, joint, or bone problems that occur with illnesses such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, or for conditions such as low back pain and neck pain.

Stimtens.com offers a variety of the finest TENS devices that you will find for home use.  These are manufactured by the top medical equipment companies & are not to be confused with the cheap models that you will find at Walmart or on TV.  Additionally, our TENS devices include other modes including electric muscle stimulation so you may use them for recovery, strength building, massage & athletic training as well.