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.
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.