What Is A TENS Unit?

Posted on Oct 14 2011 - 6:05am by Russ

Prosepra TENS Unit

TENS is short for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.  I know, that really didn't help much with explaining this cool gadget.  Read on for details.

A TENS unit uses sticky conductive electrodes which are placed on your skin.  When the TENS machine is turned on it delivers a current through the electrodes to the skin, tissue, and muscles.  The electrical pulses are used for helping with pain and muscle healing/growth.  The feeling is quite unique, it feels like your muscles are dancing to a beat or a vibrating/tingling feeling.

Prosepra PL009

In addition, different frequencies of electrical stimulation can release endorphins.  Endorphins are like natural pain killers and also help improve your mood.

I got interested in the TENS gadget after two shoulder surgeries.  Both times the rehabilitation specialist used a TENS machine during my therapy sessions.  The TENS unit helped with healing and pain.  After reading more about portable home TENS units I tried the Prosepra Electronic Pulse Massager at home.  The unit is inexpensive ($36) and works pretty well.

The Prosepra Electronic Pulse Massager, has six modes and three pulse types.  My only gripe with the Prosepra is the analog power adjustment wheels.  I wish it were a simpler UP/DOWN type button.  I often turn the unit up when I am trying to turn it down which can be quite a shocker.  I tend to use the TENS at a number four setting, it goes up to ten.

  • Six Auto Modes (stimulation programs)
  • Three selectable massages
  • High frequency stimulation to relieve pain
  • LCD shows massage style, intensity and time remaining
  • Attachment pads included. Power: DC 6V (4 AAA batteries included)

Long story short, I like it and for under $40 it has been a good investment in my general health/happiness.

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