TENS for Pregnancy, Labour and Post-delivery

TENS are amazing machines. For several years now maternity TENS machines have been providing relief from labour pain. Recent clinical evidences suggest that TENS not only provides relief from labour pain, it is also equally effective at providing pain relief during pregnancy and post-delivery.

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TENS for lower back pain during late pregnancy:

According to a Research Paper by Kensin (2012), on TENS for back pain in late pregnancy, TENS is effective and safe treatment for lower back pain during pregnancy. It improves lower back pain more effectively than exercise and acetaminophen.

The most recent review of clinical evidence from the ACPWH indicates that TENS is safe to use in later pregnancy.

TENS for labour pain

Recent studies by Santana(2016) and Sever (2015), show that TENS administered at the beginning of the active phase of labour reduces pain and postpones the need for pharmacological analgesia, shortens the period of delivery and it’s efficiency is independent from other variables.

TENS for Back pain:

Pivec (2013), in a nationwide study of TENS for back pain in the USA concluded that TENS is associated with reduced back pain, significantly reduced inpatients visits, and fewer requests for physical therapy.

This clinical evidence suggests that TENS is highly effective and safe treatment for pain in pregnancy, labour and post-delivery.

 

Reference:

ACPWH guidance on the safe use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for musculosketal pain during pregnancy 2007

Kesin,E.A. Onur,O.,Kesin,H.L.,Gumus,I.I.,Kalafi,H.and Turhan,N.(2012). Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Improves Low Back Pain during Pregnancy. Gynaecological and Obstetric Investigation, Vol74, No.1, pp 76-83.

Pivec,R.,Stokes,M.,Chitnis,A.,Paulino,S. and Mont,M.(2013).  Clinical and Economic Impact of TENS in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: Analysis of a Nationwide Database.Orthopedics.

Satana,L.,Gallo,R.,Ferreira,C.,Durate,G.,Quintana,S.and Marcolin,A.(2016).Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation reduces pain and postpones the need for pharmacological analgesia during labour. Journal of Physiotherapy, vol 62, pp 29-34.

Sever,N.(2015). Assessment of efficiency of the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in labour pain relief.

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Vulvodynia

vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva, which is the skin surrounding the vagina. The sensation of burning and soreness of the vulva can be continuous (unprovoked vulvodynia), or on light touch, e.g. Tampon use (provoked vulvodynia). Although the condition is persistent and without an obvious cause, there are steps which can be taken to help relieve the discomfort.

Most Common symptoms of vulvodynia

  • Burning, Stinging or rawness
  • Aching, soreness or throbbing

Possible causes of vulvodynia:

  • Nerve injury or irritation
  • Abnormal response in vulvar cells to an infection or trauma
  • Genetics,
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Hypersensitivity to yeast infections
  • Hormonal changes
  • Frequent antibiotic use.

Lifestyle tips:

  • Wear 100% cotton underwear and loose-fitting skirts or trousers.
  • Avoid scented hygiene products such as feminine wipes, bubble bath and soap
  • Avoid cycling and any other activities that put prolonged pressure on the vulva.
  • Avoid swimmingpools with lots of chlorine.
  • Keep the vulva clean and dry.
  • Try to reduce stress as high levels of stress can increase the pain of vulvodynia.

Pelvic Pain

Vulvodynia is not life threatening condition, still pain in vulva can greatly affect a women’s quality of life. It can have impact on her ability to exercise, socialise and work. Severe symptoms can affect relationships.

Several clinical studies have shown that electric muscle stimulation help to reduce pain associated with vulvodynia.

TensCare Perfect PFE comes with a pain program which helps relieve pain from vulvodynia.

 

Reference:

NHS Vulvodynia (persistent pain of the vulva) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vulvodynia/Pages/Introduction.aspx