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.

Pregnant woman portrain

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.

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

Don’t cover it, CURE IT!

urinary-incontinence-treatment

Last decade has witnessed a surge in demand for products helping with incontinence. This increased demand has resulted in lot of new products being introduced to help customers suffering from incontinence.

Adult diaper industry has grown tremendously. Bloomberg Report predicts that adult diapers- products aimed at not seniors or babies, but mostly at middle aged women could overtake baby diaper market in a decade. Growth in adult diaper market is outpacing that of every other paper based household staple in the U.S. Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in sales in the category.

Also there were some new products introduced to help with incontinence like Product called Finess – a non-internal, medical device, designed to prevent leaks rather than just absorb them.  It is supposed to stick to urethral opening and prevent the leaks before they happen. After its launch in 2015, Finess has earned lot of anxious women consumer base and emerged as the best seller in its category on Amazon.

Even though incontinence has always been very important issue, it had never been discussed openly. Last couple of years we have seen host of celebrities coming out in open about their struggle with incontinence. Also, last couple of years was the time when we witnessed major personal care companies with their aggressive marketing campaigns trying to emphasise the point that incontinence is not a big deal.

It is quite clear that there are commercial factors at play. This product push and aggressive marketing is making us believe that it is normal to suffer from Incontinence. ‘Accept it as a reality of life and buy products to help with it’ the message says.

But this approach to incontinence is not helping women. Let’s face it, wearing adult diapers is embarrassing and products like Finess are downright insulting. This takes cover up approach rather than trying to find out causes of this problem and treating it at its roots.

We cannot stress enough the fact that bladder leakage is not normal. It is possible to gain control of your bladder.

We at TensCare have range of electric muscle stimulators to help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to reduce urine leakage and improve quality of life.

References:

Gordon,C.(2016). Adult Diapers Sales Are on their way to huge growth, Fortune. Available at: http://fortune.com/2016/02/11/adult-diaper-growth/

Hymowitz C (2016), the adult diaper market is about to take off, Bloomberg Business. Available at:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-11/the-adult-diaper-market-is-about-to-take-off

Rocker,R. (2016)  Soft Health Technology to present its new technology for stress urinary incontinence. Available at: http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/soft-health-technologies-llc-to-present-its-new-technology-for-stress-urinary-incontinence-finess-at-28th-annual-roth-conference/421895/

Wishnow, P. (2014) Bladder Problems affect young women celebrities too. Available at: http://www.betterwomannow.com/blog/bladder-problems-affect-young-women-celebrities/

World Bedwetting Day: 17th October 2015

Saturday 17th October marks ‘World Bedwetting Day‘ aimed at raising awareness of bedwetting as a medical condition that affects both children and their families.

Bedwetting (Primary Nocturnal Enuresis) is classed as a medical condition when a child has been unable to remain dry at night for at least 6 months.

Bedwetting tends to affect boys more than girls and can be due to a large number of reasons, all of which are treatable if diagnosed early. Early intervention is also important to ensure the condition doesn’t impact children’s self-esteem.

Not only does bedwetting cause distress to children upon waking, it can also lead to low self-esteem, self-isolation and worry regarding ‘fear of discovery’ by both their parents and their friends.

It also discourages children from visiting friends and staying overnight away from home.

Bedwetting can be treated through simple behavioural techniques to help your child understand how to associate the feeling of a full bladder with visiting the bathroom during the night.

To show our support TensCare are offering 25% discount on our Dry Night Trainer Bedwetting Alarm – a drug-free, more natural treatment using behavioural techniques to help train your child out of bedwetting.

Dry Night Trainer

The alarm simply fits around your child’s wrist like a watch, and connects to your child’s pyjamas. During the night, if the alarm detects liquid on the child’s pyjamas, an alarm will sound – waking the child to alert them that they need to empty their bladder.

Eventually the child will recognise the feeling of a full bladder and learn that they need to wake and visit the bathroom or will learn to ‘hold on’ until morning without the need of the alarm.

Used alongside a reward scheme, the Dry Night Trainer can help your child to stay dry at night in just a few weeks.

To order your Dry Night Trainer, please see here.

You can also read a recent customer review of the Dry Night Trainer here.

For more information on Bedwetting including educational articles about the condition and its treatments, please see the
Stop Bedwetting website

Join Hilary Barnett demonstrating the EmbaGYN on QVC UK (11am & 6pm, Wednesday 23rd September 2015)

Join our Continence Advisor Hilary Barnett on QVC UK to learn more about the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer.

Hilary will be appearing on Wednesday 23rd September on both the 11am morning show and at 6pm on the ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ show, explaining how the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer can help to significantly reduce bladder weakness, tone the pelvic floor after childbirth and improve sexual well-being.

With the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer, you could see significant results in as little as 3 weeks!

Hilary will also be demonstrating how easy the unit is to set up and use in the comfort of your own home.Hilary QVC EmbaGYN

You can watch Hilary on the QVC UK TV channel or online here.

If you have any questions regarding the EmbaGYN or any of the above, please contact us.

EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer

Otherwise, enjoy the show!

Hot Topic Tuesday: “What is TENS & How Does it Work?”

What is it?

TENS stands for:

TENS Unit with Electrodes

TENS Unit with Electrodes

                      Transcutaneous
                      Electrical
                      Nerve
                      Stimulation

TENS is used as a more natural pain relief alternative and can provide long-term pain relief without any unwanted side effects.

How does it work?

TENS is recommended throughout the world by pain clinics and physiotherapy departments. Not only does TENS reduce your pain, it can also help you to reduce your need for painkillers. TENS is simply a means of stimulating your body’s own natural defenses against pain.

PAIN GATE

TENS units send a tiny electric current through the skin through self-adhesive electrode pads which are usually placed near the source of the pain. This current stimulates the sensory nerves, which carry touch and temperature signals. These nerves go to the same connections in the spine as the nerves carrying pain. A strong signal in the sensory nerve releases chemicals in the spine which stop the pain signal travelling up the spine to the brain. This is known as the “Pain Gate”.

TENS Pain Gate

TENS Pain Gate

In Pain Gate modes, TENS provides relief while it is switched on. The effect may start to wear off after 1-2 hours, however, sessions can be paused for an hour and then re-started.

ENDORPHIN RELEASE

At low frequency settings, TENS also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relief mechanism.

In Endorphin Release modes, pain relief builds up over as much as 40 minutes, and can last for up to 4 hours after the unit is turned off.

Release of Endorphins

Release of Endorphins

Most people will achieve a reduction in pain. Some find that their pain goes away completely while they are using TENS. Some users only feel better after repeated use, and over a long time period.

What are the benefits of TENS?

  • You can use TENS as much, and as often, as you need. However, always ensure electrodes are re-positioned regularly (at least every 12 hours) to allow the skin to breathe.
  • TENS is natural, drug-free and there are no known side effects to long term TENS use.
  • TENS units are affordable, portable, discreet and easy-to-use for home use.
  • TENS can be used for pain relief from a variety of conditions.
  • TENS may also improve circulation, motion and function.

Always ensure you read the instructions and contraindications carefully. Consult your medical advisor before use.

TENS is recommended by NHS Choices for the treatment of:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Back pain
  • Period pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis pain and Osteoarthritis pain
  • Alternative for Lumbar Decompressive Surgery

TENS can also be used as a treatment for:

  • Joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle strains
  • Toothache
  • Secondary pain from conditions such as Endometriosis and IBS
  • Pain relief during labour (in the form of Maternity TENS)

If you would like some more information regarding our range of TENS units, please call 01372 723 434 or email ask@tenscare.co.uk

Alternatively, you can find all of our products on our website www.tenscare.co.uk

The TensCare Team 🙂

Join Hilary Barnett demonstrating the Elise on QVC UK! (9am and 7pm, Tuesday 28th April 2015)

Join our Continence Advisor Hilary Barnett on QVC UK to learn more about the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser.

Hilary will be appearing on Tuesday 28th April on both the 9am morning show and at 7pm on the ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ show, explaining how the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser can help to significantly reduce bladder weakness, tone the pelvic floor after childbirth and improve sexual wellbeing.

Hilary on QVC Morning Show

She will also be demonstrating how easy the unit is to set up and use in the comfort of your own home.

You can watch Hilary on the QVC UK channel or online here.

If you have any questions regarding the Elise or any of the above, please contact us.

Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser

Otherwise, enjoy the show!