“You don’t have to be a Doctor to help someone; we help others everyday!” – Agnes’ Story

I joined the TensCare team in 2011. I remember the day when I went for the interview, and I was greeted by a very smiley face at the main front door letting me in. It was a lady called Claire (now our UK Sales Executive) with the most beautiful pregnancy stomach carrying her baby at that time. Today, her baby girl Sophie is talking and walking, and every time I see her it reminds me of that day. It was a very special moment for me and it will stay in my memory for a very long time.

Today I work in the TensCare Export department, looking after European territory and working with Doctors and Physiotherapists (as you can tell, I got the job!). Before, I was not aware of the fact that there is such a big problem with Incontinence – not only in woman but also in men all over the world. I am very proud to say that we can make this problem go away, in some very serious cases we can minimise the concision. Before I started working at TensCare, I would never have thought that a small machine like the iTouch Sure or Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser would cure these conditions without surgery.

I really   love helping people wherever I can, but I have always thought that to really help others you need to be a doctor or a nurse, midwife, or a dentist. Working with my team at TensCare I have come to realise just how many people are actually receiving help from us every day, and how many people need that help. What we do is special, enjoyable and rewarding – and to achieve this we work very closely as a team every day, to not only help people with health conditions, but to also help one another by sharing ideas. Therefore I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to my team … without you it would not be possible!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Agnes 🙂

Export Sales Manager

 

“Everyone experiences some kind of pain throughout their lives, and what we at TensCare do is make that pain go away without the need for pain killers (drugs).”

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“Ten Years of TENS!” – Claire’s Story

I have been working at TensCare for 10 years now (where did that time go!) and I can honestly say that I really enjoy my work. I have always had such a great team of people to work alongside, and I know that the products we sell make a real difference to so many people’s lives every day. So, I started my life at TensCare working with the production team – preparing the products and packing orders. Throughout my time at TensCare I have been lucky enough to have been involved in many different aspects of the business; from exhibiting at baby shows and trade shows all over the country, to explaining to expectant mums how to use the MamaTENS, to visiting midwives, to advising customers how to use TENS and pelvic floor exercisers, to name just a few! For a long time now I have been part of the UK sales team and am currently TensCare’s UK Sales Executive.

After years of telling Mums-to-be how great Maternity TENS is during labour, (from all of our customer testimonials, speaking to new Mums at the baby shows, and from talking to midwives) I then got the chance to experience using TENS myself 2 years ago when I had my little girl, Sophie. For me, the MamaTENS was great before and during labour. As I went two weeks overdue, I was huge and the TENS really helped me out at night to ease back pain when I was trying to get comfortable and get some sleep. I had to be induced in the end and I was pleased to have my MamaTENS with me which I used right from the start – throughout almost the whole labour.

I love spreading the word of TENS. I always make sure all my family and friends use a MamaTENS when they are having their babies because I know first-hand how good it really is. My Auntie used TENS in labour, and having the machine on a long car journey to the hospital was a “God-send” for her.

After having Sophie I was told by the midwife and health visitor all about the importance of doing your pelvic floor exercises. Lucky for me, working at TensCare, I already knew all about this! I spend a lot of time now talking to women about their pelvic floor muscles, and especially how important pelvic floor exercises are for new Mums. I really enjoy reading the customer reviews we receive regarding the iTouch Sure and our range of pelvic floor exercisers, thinking what a great product we sell! Here’s some of our recent Amazon reviews:

“5 out of 5 stars changed my life!! 13 Mar 2014

After the birth of my third child I was looking for a pelvic floor toner and read all the reviews on this one before buying. At only 27 I was leaking after coughing, sneezing, running etc so I knew I had to do something, I was very embarrassed to talk to my husband about it. After the first use I felt different, after 3 days, believe it or not, I wasn’t leaking anymore, and I have been leak -free for 2 weeks now. It’s amazing, I even bounced on the trampoline with our children the other day, something I’ve not been able to do for 3 years. I feel so much more confident and I continue to use it daily on the stress and tone programme. I wish I’d bought it years ago, it really has changed my life, well worth the money, I can’t recommend it enough.”

“5 out of 5 stars Can this work????? 17 Mar 2014 

Had mixed feelings if this would work or not as i had read some bad reviews about it. Didn’t notice any difference the first week but the second week i did and by the fifth week i was Tena Lady free. made such a vast difference to my confidence and life. Just make sure you read all the Instruction’s and if in doubt phone the company, they are brilliant at explaining how to get the best results.. My reason to phone them was i didnt think it was working, this was because it won’t work unless it contacts with skin, so just turning it on on the kitchen table wasn’t a good plan lol… I now use it twice a week for twenty mins a time lay on the bed watching the tv… 🙂
p.s. the first five weeks i used it every night starting at two mins going up to twenty mins a night….”

 

If you need any information or want to speak to me about any of our products, please feel free to get in touch J

Claire 🙂

UK Sales Executive

Stretch Marks – Erase or Embrace? #ScarsTellStories

If you haven’t seen it yet, this week’s viral story of a Mother who was taunted by passers-by as she sunbathed in her bikini has sparked outrage in the female world. Tanis Jex-Blake was happily relaxing in her bikini on the beach when she looked up to see two men and a woman standing over her – taunting and pretending to kick her as she lay on the ground helplessly. Tanis explained that she was ‘discreetingly’ trying to sunbathe for the first time in 13 years, after giving birth left stretch marks on her stomach. After the incident left her in tears, she decided to post a picture of herself and explain the incident on Facebook – and soon afterwards her story went viral. Shortly after her exposure, Mothers have been staging mass ‘bikini protests’ in support of embracing their bodies, stretch marks and all, in a #bareyourbelly rally. In light of this exposure, we decided to look at two different attitudes towards stretch marks – erase or embrace?

We all know that stretch marks can occur with pregnancy; certain skins just don’t have enough elasticity to stretch that far – we’re not all comic book characters! But should we just accept this common, natural occurrence and embrace our ‘baby scars’, or should we follow the steps to prevention and treatment to continue to be ‘like everyone else’?

“I can only hope that one day you’ll realize that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of,” Tanis Jex-Blake's Facebook post

“I can only hope that one day you’ll realize that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of,” Tanis Jex-Blake’s Facebook post

Let’s look at the science. The NHS tells us:

“They (Stretch Marks) develop when the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through” (NHS Choices UK, 2012).

Common causes of Stretch Marks include:

  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Physical growth during puberty.

Various life events and changes can cause stretch marks to appear on different areas of the body, and during pregnancy stretch marks appear most commonly across the lower part of the stomach. Although natural, they can be prevented to a certain extent through the use of certain creams and oils – but would you rather just leave them be?

The ‘Erase’ View

Stretch marks are not a ‘wanted’ side effect of pregnancy. We all want to have a healthy, happy baby, but we don’t all want the stretch marks too. The treatments are out there for a reason – and most are reasonably inexpensive and easy-to-use. Women face enough body critique without the addition of more scars to contend with. Treat them, and get your normal pre-baby body back!

The ‘Embrace’ View

So, in theory, stretch marks are a natural occurrence. Much like moles, freckles, wrinkles etc they are part of your genetic make-up. And besides, ‘scars tell stories.’ They are tales from your life story – a body map drawn onto the skin, pin-pointing specific events which can be the subject of many conversations…just like a tattoo…well, an involuntary one. So why erase them? Keep them, embrace them, and be proud of them – giving birth is most definitely a life achievement worth celebrating!

Whatever you decide, just remember it’s your body, not anyone else’s! Love yourself for who you are and what you are and forget the rest 🙂

Share your #ScarsTellStories with us via Twitter 🙂

References:

‘Stretch Marks’ (2012) NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/stretch-marks-pregnant.aspx#close

‘Alberta woman’s response to being shamed for stretch marks goes viral’ (2014) Globa News: http://globalnews.ca/news/1486173/alberta-womans-response-to-being-shamed-for-stretch-marks-goes-viral/

“Being a full-time employee & remaining a devoted Mum” – Lisa’s Story

After two consecutive maternity leaves resulting in two adorable boys I decided I was ready to rejoin the workforce, so I started my new job with TensCare as Export Account Manager in early 2014, and I must say there was something both thrilling and terrifying about it. Coming from a non-sales background with a few years of customer service and educational consulting experience I was not sure if I made the right decision to make this transition from being a full-time Mum to being a full-time employee  (and still keeping the ‘devoted Mum’ position of course!)

Right from my first days at TensCare I found myself in the world of buyers, presentations, extensive travelling, trade shows, sales and supplier meetings. Every day I’m doing things I’ve never done before. I’m growing into my role, enjoying what I do and that makes it an exciting environment to walk into every day. I am responsible for developing existing and new business opportunities internationally however I am also enjoying answering everyday customer calls and enquiries, taking orders and giving advice on our TENS units. I truly believe that drug free pain relief is the platform for living an overall better life and that is exactly what excites me about TensCare’s products.

To all my friends who’d say that juggling work and being a mum is not easy I always have the same response (no matter how cliché it may sound) – that I love working at TensCare alongside a bunch of really smart, driven people who love solving problems and helping others. I want to set a positive role model for my kids and I believe doing the right thing with the right people on board is exactly what it is.

If you need any information or are interested in our products please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Lisa 🙂

Sales Executive

Hot Topic Tuesday: “Plantar Fasciitis – What is it & how can we treat it?”

What is it?

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition causing pain and inflammation in your feet.

It is characterized by an inflammation of the ligament (the Plantar Fascia) that runs along the bottom of your foot – the Plantar Fascia. This ligament stretches from your heel to the ball of your foot.

This tissue is extremely important in managing your balance and also acting as a shock absorber when you walk, and is usually able to recover from the general wear and tear of everyday life. However, too much damage to the ligament can cause extreme pain and discomfort known as Plantar Fasciitis.

 

What causes it?

Plantar Fasciitis occurs when too much pressure is placed on the feet, therefore causing significant damage to the Plantar Fascia ligament on the bottom of your foot.

You may be more at risk of Plantar Fasciitis if:

  • You are overweight or obese, or have suddenly gained weight
  • You are a runner or use your feet for long periods of exercise
  • You are on your feet for long periods of time
  • You have pre-existing foot problems

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis can be:

  • Pain & stiffness around the heel of your foot (can be sharp pains or dull aching)
  • Some redness or swelling in the same area
  • General stiffness and the inability to flex your toes back and forth

 

How can I treat it?

There are several treatment options out there including trying orthopaedic footwear and sole inserts, using a TENS machine, acupuncture, phsyiotherapy and generally trying to stay off your feet for 20-30 minutes a day until the pain begins to subside. All treatments should be discussed with your doctor and a correct diagnosis should be reached before self-treating at home.

If you do decide to use a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine for pain relief, see our quick guide below:

1. Determine the location for the electrodes:

Use a set of four electrodes on the affected foot: one pair on the left and right sides of the heel and another pair near the arch of the foot. Since you’re working with such a small area of the body, great care should be used when placing the electrodes. Alternatively, you can use an iSock to stimulate the whole foot without the need to place electrodes yourself.

2 .Verify that the TENS machine is turned off, then place the electrode pads, making sure they are placed at least one inch (2.5cm) apart, or put on the iSock.

3. Turn on the TENS machine. You should begin to feel a slight tingle in your foot, which will subside shortly as the area becomes acclimated to this setting. You may need to turn it up slightly after this.

4. Select the Programme in which the TENS machine will deliver the correct pulse. For plantar fasciitis, you’ll probably use a continual rate of delivery – Programme A or D.

5. Let the TENS machine deliver the pulse to the foot, stimulating the muscles and treating the pain. Depending on your treatment plan, you can the machine running for anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours per day – slowly reducing your sessions as you recover.

In conjunction with the TENS treatment, we suggest that you regularly rest the affected foot to encourage quicker recovery.

 

If you have any questions on Plantar Fasciitis or our range of TENS machines, please feel free to contact us.

 

See our range of TENS and Drug-free pain relief alternatives here https://www.tenscare.co.uk/