Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Health Clinic Bankstown

What is TENS?

TENS (also known as electrotherapy) is a method for relieving chronic pain through electricity. A TENS machine is connected to a few electrode pads which pass small electrical currents across the skin.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Parts of a TENS Machine

  • Electrode pads
  • TENS unit
  • Batteries
  • Electrical cords

Pain relief

Electrical currents from a TENS machine stimulate the nerves near the electrode pads to provide short-term pain relief. This occurs due to:
1. Nerves stimulated to release pain-relief hormones
2. Blocking pain nerves

Using a TENS Machine

Before purchasing a TENS machine, consult your physiotherapist or chiropractor and ensure that they show you the correct and safe method to use the machine.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

How long can you use a TENS unit at one time?

A TENS machine can be used from 30 minutes to up to 2 hours. However, make sure to consult your physiotherapist or chiropractor before use.

When can a TENS machine be used?

  • Pregnant women in labour
  • People with chronic pain such as back pain, cancer or arthritis

When/where NOT to use TENS?

  • On a wound or irritated skin
  • Near sensitive areas such as the eyes
  • In or near water
  • When driving or using machinery
  • Pregnant women NOT in labour
  • People with a pacemaker or cochlear implant