What is an In-TENS Stimulator?
An In-TENS stimulator is a non-invasive Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) device specifically designed as a powerful aid in muscle rehabilitation.
How does it Work?
The In-TENS sends small, electrical signals into the body via electrodes which are placed on the skin. The TENS stimulation sweeps through a band of frequencies from low to high and back again at preset-able rates. This “scanning technique” stimulates a multitude of muscle groups and achieves a supra-spinal endorphin release that results in a reduction in the perception of pain. The In-TENS can be used for long-term therapy in chronic disorders of the central nervous system as well, and has been designed as a small, battery operated ambulatory package which can easily be taken home for treatment and re-education purposes
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Warning: It is recommended that patients with heart and/or circulation problems, cardio-vascular problems or implanted cardiac pacemakers seek medical advice prior to using any TENS device.
Using your In-TENS
Advice on In-TENS therapy is available from Pain Clinics and other centres. The information supplied with the In-TENS incorporates useful information for the professional and some education material for patients. Regular review of patient progress is recommended following the initial treatment session with the clinician.
Correct placement of the electrodes is essential for effective treatment. Client Electrode placement Protocol instructions are outlined when its application of the In-TENS is assessed by your clinician.
The In-TENS offers the following superior features:
The In-TENS benefits are numerous and are outlined below:
• Can be applied with other treatment modalities.
• Can be applied continuously for 16 hours in 24 hours.
• The stimulator is small and portable.
• May increase the patients feeling of ‘well being’.
• May give the patient a feeling of control over their pain.
• May give the patient increased autonomy; can be applied anytime without disruption to the normal daily routine.
• Does not interfere with prescribed medications.
• Improves mobility through increased muscle activity.
• Muscle wasting is reduced with increased rehabilitation.
• Increases blood flow through the treated parts of the body.
• Cost effective option for patient’s treatment protocol.
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*Pain Management & Research Centre, Melbourne Australia.