TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The sticky pad electrodes attached to this small electrical device, are placed on the skin around the injured or painful area. The electrodes then deliver a light current that resembles a tingling sensation to that area of the body. The direct electrical stimulation onto the muscles causes relaxation of the fibers, in turn increasing strength and flexibility. The TENS is used for rehabilitation and improved muscle tone.
The TENS machine is so helpful in pain management that it is regularly used during child birth, as it provides a drug free pain-relief technique with no negative effects on the body.
When used on a high frequency, the electrical stimulation disrupts the pain cycle by delivering a different message to the brain. As a matter of fact, it changes the way the brain process the pain sensations from that area.
When used on a low frequency, the electrical stimulation encourages the body to produce endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
People have used TENS machine to relieve a variety of discomforts such as Arthritis, back pain, migraines, sports injuries, period pains, and stress.
Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s was already in favour of this method of pain relief.
In the 19th century, there was a vast array of electrical devices surfacing as methods of pain control.
In the 1960s Patrick Wall, a leading British neuroscientist, developed a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit called TENS. NOW, the TENS machines are largely used around the world, even in hospitals (450,000 users annually in Canadian State hospitals). Their popularity expanded when they became portable, with sizes not bigger than small MP3 players.
Not suitable for epileptics or people with Pace makers
The healing properties of magnets are suggested as far back as ancient Egypt 3200 B.C. .
In the 1600s Sir William Gilbert, Elisabeth I’s own physician, relieved the arthritis of the queen with magnets. Since the introduction of the field of Bio-magnetics as an alternative form of medicine in the 18th century, magnetic therapy has become increasingly popular, especially among professional athletes who use it for aches and pain relief. Magnets have an invisible yet powerful force, called the magnetic field, which has the ability to draw certain metals such as iron, cobalt, and nickel towards itself. This ability is called Magnetism. Neodymium is the type of magnet most commonly used in magnetic therapy. It is very light and is therefore easily inserted into small items such as straps and wraps. Despite its size, it is the most powerful permanent magnet as it crosses over the skin barrier and onto the injured area easily.
Placed on top of the skin, the magnets attract the iron found in the blood, stimulating blood flow and the provision of oxygen and nutrients.
It also stimulates the nerves in the area, causing the body to release endorphins. The combination of increased blood flow and endorphins speeds up the healing process.
Arthritis, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, muscles and joint pain or injuries are among the long list of ailments for which people use magnetic therapy.
If you experience itching or rashes, please discontinue use.
People who should avoid magnet therapy are:
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