What Can I Expect Typical Patient responses vary from individual to individual and range from immediate and complete recovery in one treatment to an initial increased discomfort then slow and steady recovery. In some cases it may take 3-10 treatments before some breakthrough occurs. The effectiveness and sustainability of the treatments as always not only depends on your practitioner it also largely depends on the patient and their commitment to supporting the healing process, which includes proper hydration, nutrition and physical exercise. Evidence Scientists have studied TENS for the following health problems: Note: TENS has been suggested for many uses, based on tradition or on scientific theories. However, these uses have not been thoroughly studied in humans, and there is limited scientific evidence about safety or effectiveness. Some of these suggested uses are for conditions that are potentially life-threatening. Consult with a health care provider before using TENS for any use. Pain Relief Treatment TENS is most often used to treat pain and is suggested to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic pain associated with cancer, cancer treatments, burns, amputation (phantom limb pain), and other causes. TENS has also been studied as anesthesia for medical procedures and surgeries. TENS also helps in migraine pain relief, sciatica pain relief, neuropathy pain relief and other severe pain relief. This device treats ALL types of pain! Joint disorders There is some evidence that TENS may relieve various kinds of joint pain, such as knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, and temporomandibular joint pain. Alzheimer’s disease A small amount of early research reports that TENS may improve some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, such as mood, memory and cycles of daily rest and activity. Heart disease TENS may be used to treat cardiovascular conditions such as angina (chest pain from heart disease) and cardiac ischemia (lack of blood flow to the heart). Further study is needed before conclusions can be drawn regarding the effectiveness of TENS in this area. People with heart disease or chest pain are advised to seek immediate medical attention from a licensed physician. Many well-studied drugs for heart disease are available Autoimmune disorders TENS has used to treat numerous autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), and Sjögren’s syndrome. Back pain / Sciatica Pain TENS or acupuncture-like TENS has been used to treat pain affecting the back, neck, and shoulders. TENS is also reported to reduce the recurrence of spinal disk hernias. Sciatica pain relief treatment is also done using TENS machine. Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) Several small studies report that TENS may reduce short-term discomfort and the need for pain medications. Headache There is some evidence that TENS may have some benefits in patients with migraines, cluster headaches, or chronic headaches. FDA approved TENS unit helps in severe migraine pain relief treatment. Nerve disorders TENS has been proposed as a treatment for nerve disorders, such as hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body) and spasticity in multiple sclerosis. TENS has also been used to treat nerve pain (neuralgia) resulting from bruxism (teeth grinding) and spinal chord injuries. Labor pain The use of TENS for labor pain is controversial. Although several studies have been conducted, the results have not been conclusive. More studies are needed to make a firm conclusion. It is not clear if passage of electricity using TENS has harmful effects on the fetus. Pain from broken bones/acute trauma There is some evidence that TENS may relieve pain from broken bones and other physical trauma. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain) TENS has been suggested as a treatment for peripheral neuropathy in diabetics. This neuropathy pain relief treatment is very effective to stabilize your blood sugar levels. Postoperative recovery There are multiple studies of TENS being used to treat pain after different types of surgery, including abdominal surgery, heart surgery, lung surgery, gynecologic surgery and orthopedic surgery. Some studies report benefits (less pain, less pain with movement, or less need for pain medications), and others find no improvements. Post-stroke rehabilitation There is some evidence that TENS is beneficial in stroke rehabilitation. TENS may improve motor function in stroke patients. Further research is needed to draw a firm conclusion about effectiveness. Wounds TENS has been reported to help heal skin wounds and skin ulcers. Urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, detrusor instability Although several studies have supported using TENS to treat urinary incontinence, more research is necessary. Spinal muscular atrophy (in children) TENS therapy has been suggested for children with spinal muscular atrophy. Gastroparesis One small study of gastroparesis patients receiving percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (similar to TENS) reported favorable effects. Breathing difficulties Some evidence suggests that TENS could be useful for breathing difficulties, such as in burn patients or in adjunct to other components in a rehabilitation program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Carpal tunnel syndrome TENS therapy have been studied as a treatment for carpel tunnel syndrome. Soft tissue injury TENS therapy has been used for treating soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis and tendon injuries. Multiple sclerosis In a small study, patients with multiple sclerosis treated with TENS showed a trend toward improvement. Claudication (leg pain due to poor blood flow) Some evidence suggests chronic electrical muscle stimulation may be beneficial for the relief of intermittent claudication symptoms. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) A small study found a moderate benefit in children with ADHD. Cognitive impairment There is some evidence that TENS improves mood and mild cognitive impairment in otherwise healthy elderly patients. Low blood pressure There is some evidence that TENS reduces the severity of low blood pressure in patients undergoing Cesarean section. Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) TENS may relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, especially when the tinnitus is not caused by other conditions. Autism TENS has been used in therapy for autistic children, although the benefits remain unclear. More research is needed to determine whether TENS is an effective form of therapy for autism. Obesity TENS has been reported to aid weight loss in obese subjects. Menopausal symptoms TENS has been shown to help regulate hormonal balance in women undergoing menopause. Depression There is limited evidence that TENS effectively treats depression and increases the effectiveness of depression medications. Constipation Treatment with TENS has been reported to relieve constipation with no adverse effects. Pancreatic disorders TENS has been used to treat patients with acute pancreatitis. Allergies TENS has been reported to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, though the benefits are not well understood. Muscle strength (physical performance) It has been reported that physical recovery after exercise improves with TENS therapy. TENS has been also used to increase muscle strength, suggesting potential benefits in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Stomach complaints TENS has been combined with magnet therapy for the treatment of heartburn. Blood flow disorders There is some evidence that TENS can enhance blood flow, especially after surgical procedures. Raynaud’s disease There is some evidence to suggest that TENS may improve the symptoms associated with Raynaud’s disease. Itching Relief from notalgia paresthetica, a type of itching, has been reported with TENS. Gout There is limited evidence that TENS decreases uric acid levels in the blood, which suggests that it may be an effective treatment for gout.