Brampton's TENS Therapy
You will likely be surprised to learn that using an electric current to treat a medical condition is an idea that goes back to ancient Rome.In 47 A.D., a Greek court physician by the name of Scribonius Largus had prescribed a species of electric fish for the treatment of chronic pain.
Modern TENS Therapy is the culmination of centuries of advances in electrotherapy, made by Luigi Aloisio Galvani, Nikola Tesla, Dr. Golding Bird, and other prominent scientists and physicians.
What is TENS Therapy and How Does it Work?
TENS, short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, is a physiotherapy technique that uses an electric current to manage acute pain in a variety of medical conditions.These medical conditions include post-traumatic and post-surgical acute pain, labor pain, pain due to chronic conditions including back injuries, and various other conditions.
You begin to appreciate the significance of TENS Therapy as an effective treatment for chronic and intermittent pain when you understand the four pillars of electrotherapy.
- All pain is generated in your brain when this versatile organ receives electrical impulses from special sensory receptors called nociceptors.
- These nociceptors, which feature free nerve endings, are present within your muscles, joints, digestive tract, skin, eye corneas, and mucous membranes, i.e., esophagus and trachea.
- When nociceptors detect chemical, mechanical, and thermal changes in your body, they send electrical signals to the brain for interpretation.
● Pain signals first reach the Peripheral Nervous System, then the Central Nervous System before eventually reaching the brain.
Proposed mechanisms for the efficacy of TENS electrotherapy include:
TENS Drowns out Pain Signals
During a TENS Therapy session, an experienced physiotherapist applies an electrical signal of varying Intensity and Frequency to the region of your body from which pain signals originate.
The applied electric current then overloads the nociceptors within the target region, which prevents the transmission of pain signals to your brain.
As a consequence, you experience instantaneous pain relief, which can last up to 2 hours after your TENS session.
TENS Therapy Initiates Biological Pain Relief Mechanisms
This suggestion is based on the fact that the brain has a pain-relieving mechanism based on natural opioid neuropeptides, better known as Endorphins.
When TENS electrical signals reach your brain, they initiate a large release of pain-relieving endorphins from the pituitary gland.
These endorphins then spread out to regions tasked with sensory interpretation, where they overwhelm sensory input from the nociceptors.
TENS Induces a Placebo Effect
This mechanism suggests that while undergoing TENS Therapy, you experience a Placebo effect whereby your belief in the effectiveness of the procedure activates the pituitary gland in your brain.
The gland begins secreting pain-relieving endorphins permeate throughout the brain, thereby masking pain signals received from nociceptors in the affected region.
Consequently, you experience almost instant pain-relief during a TENS session, with this effect lasting up to 2 hours after the procedure.
Physical therapy, surgery and medications are some of the most common methods to treat this pain and to maintain joint movement. Many people require physiotherapy in order to outline a treatment plan that helps them to address these painful issues.
Most people who are dealing with the consequences of these symptoms will be diagnosed by a physician. Your physician might recommend several different kinds of treatments for you when it comes to the management of your osteoarthritis. One of these could be physiotherapy, and taking this advice can assist you right away in getting some relief from your pain.
What Happens During Brampton's TENS Therapy
While it’s possible to DIY administer TENS Therapy, it is best to have an experienced Brampton physiotherapist at hand during your electrotherapy session.
Your Brampton physiotherapist begins by meticulously cleaning the skin over the part of your body exhibiting chronic or intermittent pain using rubbing alcohol.
He/she does this to remove all traces of contaminants that inhibit electrical conductivity, i.e., body lotions, creams, gel, moisturizers, etc.
Next, the TENS physiotherapist places self-adhesive electrodes at specific points on the periphery of the target region.
While your Bramptons physiotherapist need only place the electrodes around the target region, it may be necessary to place some electrodes near the spine.
This occurs if you happen to be under extreme pain, whereby placing electrodes at the nerve root of your Peripheral Nervous System at the spine is effective at combating intense pain
Furthermore, the physiotherapist can place electrodes on muscle trigger spots if your particular condition is localized within a muscular region of your body, e.g., during sports injury rehabilitation.
After positioning the electrodes, the Bramptons physiotherapist then progressively adjusts the Frequency and Intensity of the applied electrical signal until it overrides pain sensation from the target region,
Typically, he/she requires your input while calibrating the Frequency and Intensity of the TENS electrical signal that’s best suited to your particular condition.
Once you and your Bramptons TENS physiotherapist arrive at the ideal Frequency and Intensity, he/she then assures your comfort during the 20 -30minute length of your TENS session.
Experience TENS Therapy in Brampton by Activa Clinics
You can call our 1-800 number to book a Bramptons TENS Therapy session.
Our experienced and expert staff of physiotherapists will ensure you receive the most benefit from your TENS electrotherapy session.
You can also reach us via email or by filling our online contact form for a quote on your TENS Therapy session at our Brampton facility.
Get This Service at Our Other Clinics
What are the Benefits of Brampton's TENS Therapy Treatment
You can reap several advantages while using Bramptons TENS Therapy treatment, with the notable benefits including:-
- TENS Electrotherapy speeds up wound healing
- TENS Therapy sessions relieve muscle spasms that cause intense pain
- TENS can help prevent muscle atrophy in paraplegic conditions
- TENS Increases local blood circulation in affected areas
- TENS Therapy alleviates post-traumatic and post-surgical pain
- Brampton’s TENS Therapy is suitable for a wide array of back injuries, including spine degeneration, disc problems, vertebrae fractures
- TENS Electrotherapy is suited for nerve degeneration due to Diabetes
- TENS lowers the need for expensive pain medication prescriptions
- Brampton’s TENS Therapy is compatible with other therapy methods, including massage therapy, nerve block injections, yoga, etc.
Brampton Arthritis, Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy FAQs
Yes. A TENS Therapy session can help you exercise better in that the pain relief you get after your Activa electrotherapy can last up to 2 hours after the session. This is suggested to occur due to two possible reasons:
- Nociceptors deactivated during TENS Therapy require up to two hours before regaining their full functionality
- Pain-relieving Endorphins released into the bloodstream during a TENS session remain active for up to 2 hours after the procedure.
No. So far, Activa TENS Therapy has not shown any long-term side-effects. However, people who self administer TENS electrotherapy can experience short-term effects in the form of skin irritation at electrode locations after applying a large electrical current.