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.

Vulvodynia

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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

MEDICA World Forum for Medicine 16-19 November 2015: Düsseldorf, Germany.

Are you ready for Medica 2015?

TensCare Ltd Stand: 11 H41

Keeping busy at Medica

TensCare Ltd stand at Medica 2014

TensCare Ltd will once again be exhibiting at Medica World Forum For Medicine, one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe, from 16-19 November in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Last year was a great success and this year we are looking to meet with new and existing customers to extend our product range and expand into new territories.

Visit us in Hall 11, Stand H41 to learn more about our range of drug-free electrotherapy units, providing pain relief and muscle toning to both home and professional environments:

> TENS for drug-free pain relief
> EMS for muscle toning & rehabilitation
> Maternity TENS for natural pain relief during childbirth
> Pelvic Floor Exercisers for bladder weakness & sexual well-being
> Interferential & Ultrasound for deep-seated pain relief & healing
> Multitherapy devices combining TENS, EMS, Interferential & Micro-Current for professional use

If you would like to learn more about our products, please contact us via email sales@tenscare.co.uk or visit our website www.tenscare.co.uk

If you would like to arrange a meeting with us during the event, please contact
Agnes Rasmussen via email agnes.rasmussen@tenscare.co.uk

You can also view the TensCare Ltd page via the Medica website here.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Hot Topic Tuesday: “Using TENS to treat Motion Sickness and Nausea”

TENS machines are incredible devices – they not only provide drug-free, long-lasting pain relief, but they can also provide relief from other ailments such as nausea and motion sickness.

Nausea can be caused by a wide range of factors:

  • Motion sickness
  • Travel sickness
  • Morning sickness during pregnancy (hyperemesis)
  • Post-operative nausea (caused by anaesthetic)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Side effects from medication

A report by United Healthcare Oxford found that several studies supported the effectiveness of TENS to reduce nausea caused by the majority of the above factors (read more here).

Electrode Pad Placement

TENS works to relieve nausea by stimulating acupuncture points on the wrist and lower arm.

Simply place two electrodes onto the arm as shown in the image below.

You can use one arm with 2 pads (you will require a TENS unit that works with a single channel) or you can apply the pads to both arms to use all 4 pads.

Travel Sickness Electrode Placement

It is best to use a Continuous setting at a low Frequency (around 10 Hz) and a high Pulse Rate (around 200 µS).

Keep using the TENS unit until you are out of the environment causing the nausea (i.e. when you have finished travelling), or until the nausea wears off.

Since TENS is drug-free, it is safe to use alongside most medication and can be used for long periods of time without any adverse side effects.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please visit our website or contact us.

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 🙂

Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2015: TensCare Stand H35: 29th to 31st March

Will you be joining us next week at the Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2015?

*29th to 31st March at the Harrogate International Centre*

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Visit Stacey and Claire on TensCare stand H35 to learn all about our great range of Maternity and Caring products for Mums-to-be and their little ones, including our best-selling MamaTENS range.

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We will also be showcasing our brand new range of luxury baby gifts comprising of gift hampers, baby shower sets, nursery room décor and memory sets to treasure all those perfect moments during your baby’s first year.

Luxury Baby Shower Gifts

If you’d like to book an appointment to see Claire or Stacey during the show, please call 01372 723 434 or email sales@tenscare.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

https://www.tenscare.co.uk/

http://www.nurseryfair.com/

ECRM Awards: Winners of the Most Innovative Product 2015!

We’re excited to announce that we are the proud WINNERS of the ECRM Award for Most Innovative Product 2015!

The Award went to our Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, chosen from a large range of products exhibited at the European Health Care, Vitamin, Diet & Nutrition event this year in Vienna.

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We were also awarded 1st place for the Best Room Display out of over 60 exhibitions!

We would like to thank all who voted for us, with special thanks to Lisa and Neil for their hard work and preparation for the exhibition in Vienna, from 10-12 February 2015.

If you would like to learn more about the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser or any of our products, please see our website www.tenscare.co.uk

The TensCare Team 🙂