TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) unit is a non-invasive nerve stimulation device. TENS devices use very small doses of electric current to promote natural pain relief. TENS units send electrical pulses, through electrode pads adhered to your skin, across the surface of your skin to your nerve strands, where they stimulate the nerves.
TENS unit works because the pulses effectively “block the line,” preventing pain signals from reaching your brain. TENS units are not just devices to temporarily reduce your pain; the electrical pulses help stimulate your body’s natural defense against pain. The electrical current triggers your body to produce more of its own painkillers, known as endorphins. These devices are predominately used for acute and chronic nerve-related pain. TENS units are prescribed as an alternative to, or in addition to, pain medication. It effectively can help control your pain.
NMES (Neuro-Muscular Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit is a muscle stimulator. These devices are used to reduce muscle spasms, tone weak muscles and assist in the healing process. Originally, NMES units were used for preventing atrophy, when muscle wastes away from disuse (like post surgery). While they are similar to TENS units in that they are both externally applied devices, NMES units emit a stronger and wider electrical pulse.
The NMES pulse stimulates targeted muscles to contract repeatedly over a specific period of time. The cycle of alternately contracting the muscles and then allowing them to relax helps strengthen the muscles. Other positive side effects include increasing blood circulation to the area and reducing edema (swelling caused by fluid retention in the body). The increased blood supply aids the natural healing process. NMES units are prescribed to help you regain your strength.
The combination of both the TENS nerve stimulation and NMES muscle stimulation in one unit aids in effectively reducing acute and chronic nerve-related pain and strengthening your weakened muscles.
Features and Specifications:
- Portable unit - Dual channel TENS with 0.8” x 1.6” digital display screen - 5 stimulation modes, including strength, duration, bi-pulse - Memory feature retains last setting for quick easy set-up - 2 independent intensity output channels - Timer for 5 to 90 minute treatments - Adjustable frequency 2 – 150 Hz.
Includes unit, case, 2 lead wires, 1 package self adhering electrodes, 9V alkaline battery, manual, electrode placement chart.