We have recently been fortunate enough to host the almighty Neil Reid at Essential Health for a workshop directed specifically at the use of TENS and its role as a treatment option for Chronic Pain.
Neil Reid is a qualified Myotherapist, Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Neil has also been an educator since 1993 lecturing at universities as well as private professional development workshops.
The workshop covered the history of TENS therapy, how TENS can be used to treat chronic pain as well as an extensive amount of practical application of the TENS unit (the fun part).
So What is TENS?
TENS is an abbreviation for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A TENS machine stimulates your nerves via an electrical current through your skin.
TENS Therapy is the use of a TENS machine to help provide pain relief. Your Myotherapist may use a TENS machine as a part of a pain management program, especially those suffering from Chronic pain.
How does a TENS Machine provide Pain Relief?
TENS is thought to provide pain relief by two distinctive ways:
1. Sensory Level Stimulation
The Gate Control theory of pain means that the electrical current of the TENS machine inhibits the transmission of pain signals, by blocking the neural “gate” through which the pain travels.
2. Motor Level Stimulation
The goal of motor level stimulation is to cause the increase in the body’s healing response and release the bodies own healing substances to achieve pain relief.
Should I try TENS therapy?
TENS therapy is a safe, simple and effective treatment option that can be used in combination with many other myotherapy treatment techniques. It is particularly good at relieving chronic pain (pain you cant seem to get rid of!). If you’re suffering from chronic pain then ask your Myotherapist at your next appointment about TENS therapy and how it may benefit you.
We would like to thank Neil and look forward to hosting him again for further workshops in the future.