TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Which basically means that it is electrical nerve stimulation applied to the skin.
My kids bought me a “revitive”, which is a machine that has a foot base with placements for the feet. These have separate electrodes just for the feet and a separate setting. Then there are two places to add plug ins for TENS pads . I can use other attachments as well and I have glove attachments for my hands.
I also have a small portable tens machine that is rechargeable. I take it with me when I go away. The portable T.E.N.S machine has a lot of functions such as massage, cupping, acupressure, stroking – each with a changeable strength.
There is a reason I am telling you about this!
I have been using my portable one since I strained my back recently – that, along with DMSO helped me considerably.
Today I still had chronic back pain which just wouldn’t go away! After a hard day of writing and cooking I gave in and sat down for a rest. Mmm I thought – my Revitive!
So I pulled it out, dusted it off and set it up. Oh My! It felt so good. The Revitive has foot areas that send electrical currents into the feet. These are separate to the two plug in holes for TENS pads or gloves. I put one set of pads on my sore back muscles and one set for my neck muscles. For half an hour I sat in bliss! The current from the TENS can be adjusted. At its lowest it feels like a slight twinge. When set too high it does feel almost painful. When set just right though – Ooh La La – my neck felt like it was being massaged. My back had instant pain relief and is still feeling better two hours later!
Some times we forget that there are simple and healthy alternatives to drugs and chemicals. Don’t get me wrong – a few weeks ago I gave in and got a prescription for codeine forte from my doctor. It has been so good to have pain free days, from joint damage, arthritis and fibromyalgia, so good that I over did it and strained my back!
the TENS machine has certainly helped tonight. The a revitalive is quite expensive but a simple portable TENS machine will only set you back about $50.00. So go for it and get yourself some natural pain relief!