Is TENS a suitable treatment for me?
This page describes two stages to find the most effective application of TENS for your particular pain, or other suitable medical condition. This is based on more than twenty five years of my own clinical experience in electroanalgesia and electro-acupuncture. Start your treatments simply with the advice given in Stage I and only move on through the next stage, if you have need to, in order to obtain effective pain and/or other symptom management.
Stages I – II
I. Stage I - examines the use of TENS for the most common painful conditions which may be easily treated with a standard TENS unit, in association with Body Clock TENS manuals, and which TENS unit should I buy?
II. Stage II - examines the further treatment of conditions which have not fully responded to basic TENS treatment with some special Tips and Tricks to help you.
Stage I: TENS – here is a list of the most common painful conditions which may be easily treated with a standard TENS unit.
TENS treatments for all the following conditions are described in the Body Clock booklet “An easy guide to TENS pain relief” supplied FREE with all Body Clock TENS units or obtainable direct from the Body Clock Website.
This booklet contains all the information and charts you need as a first time user in order to apply simple, well-tried and tested pain management treatments. The text and charts in this booklet are also shown very simply and clearly for everyone to follow easily.
TENS may be used for the treatment of most painful conditions and include:-
Back pain: low back pain, upper back pain, sciatica, ankylosing spondylitis etc
Neck and shoulder pain: whiplash, frozen shoulder etc
Leg pain: hip, knee, ankle, Achilles tendon, heel and foot, phantom limb pain, leg ulcers etc
Arm pain: tennis elbow, golfers elbow, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and fingers, phantom limb pain
Abdominal pain: period pain, irritable bowel syndrome
Head pain: classical migraine, pre-menstrual migraine, cluster headaches, stress, insomnia,
Neuralgic pain: Trigeminal neuralgias, post shingles pain, post-operative pain, peripheral neuropathy with chemotherapy/diabetes
See also the Body Clock site for more details
Pregnancy and Childbirth – TENS treatments may also be used for some ante-natal problems, labour and delivery and post natal problems and these are described in some detail in a NEW Body Clock booklet as “A women’s guide to drug free pain relief before, during and after the birth”. Visit the Body Clock site for more details and their dedicated Obstetric TENS WebPages for further information and advice.
TENS UNITS: So which TENS unit should I buy? You can see my selection of just two TENS units from the full range of Body Clock TENS units which in my opinion are the most suitable for first time users as shown below.
· The Body Clock TENS Elite is a compact, discreet and versatile unit - suitable for large and smaller areas of pain, which may need treating several times a day.
· The Body Clock Libra TENS is one of the best on the market and suitable for all applications – if you can afford to buy this one – do so!
If you are still not sure which one to buy then please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details of your pain or stress problems and I will advise you of the most suitable unit to buy. This is a FREE and special service available only to visitors to this Website and in association with Body Clock Health Care Ltd.
My selection of two TENS Units from the wide Body Clock range which are all suitable for First Time Users
Body Clock TENS Elite
The TENS Elite
is the most discreet and versatile digital TENS unit available. It can be
used as a wire-less TENS, or used conventionally to treat one pain area with
leads and pads. It simplicity lies in the 11 pre-set modes perfect for
combating all types of pain. It contains a 30/60 minute timer and as well as
a battery saving shut down option. You can also upgrade this to a dual
channel unit ideal for treating 2 pain areas.
Body Clock Libra Tens
The Libra TENS
is our most highly recommended TENS unit among medical professionals. This smooth,
easy-to-use dual channel TENS contains all the functions required for chronic
and acute pain relief. Its features include Pulse Rate, Pulse Width and
Intensity adjustment as well as Burst, Continuous and Massaging modes. Plus,
it has a timer option useful for specific treatment times. Feel the
How to Order:
1. Please order your TENS unit direct from Body Clock Health Care Ltd via their (click here) TENS pages on-line or call their Freephone Order Hotline on 0500 22 00 61- please mention my name to them when you order - in case you may need my help later.
2. Further supplies of accessories - electrodes, leads, batteries, chargers, books, CD’s etc may be obtained direct from the Body Clock Website by visiting their homepage and selecting from the menu.
Stage II - the treatment of pain which has not responded completely to basic TENS treatments
As indicated above most first-time users will find more than enough information in the FREE booklet on pain management supplied with your Body Clock TENS Unit for effective pain management.
However, if you still need more help then visit my TENS TIPS and TRICKS page for more useful and FREE advice.
You may also wish to consider buying our TENS-CD for in-depth background information - for use on your computer.
Or you may wish to try a more advanced technique called NEAP – Neuro-electric acupuncture click here for details.
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