- What is Fibromyalgia?
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- Chronic Pain Disorder
- Fibromyalgia Treatment
- Natural Treatments
A TENS machine, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, is a machine which delivers electrical stimulation through electrodes stuck onto the skin to reduce pain in the user. TENS is used for chronic pain therapy, fibromyalgia, as well as a host of other problems. The electrodes that comes with a TENS machine require specific care so they can be reused and so that you can receive maximum results.
TENS delivers a sensation through an electrode directly around the site of pain on the user. TENS patients use the machine in sessions, sometimes feeling relief immediately or over time. While TENS doesn’t seem to work for everyone, it has little to no side effects, which make it an ideal method for pain relief.
To get the most out of your TENS machine, take special care of the electrodes, or TENS unit pads. Before using your TENS machine, make sure the site to which you are attaching the electrodes is clean, shaven, and dry. If you choose, there are electrode skin prep products available for use to keep your perspiration down, which in turn helps increase the effectiveness of the electrodes. Once your electrode is firmly on your skin site, you may begin your treatment.
After your TENS session, gently remove the electrode, lightly removing any hair or residue left behind. A few drops of water may be used every few sessions, but take caution not to remove too much of the adhesive. After about 10-15 times the adhesive that connects the electrode may start wearing down; using electrolyte spray can increase the lifetime of your electrodes, or you can purchase additional electrodes. Place the electrode back on its original card, always being mindful of the wire. These can now be stored in a zip lock bag to maintain hydration.
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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.
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