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The Gate Control Theory of Pain

A TENS machine is a battery operated electronic device. It generates a tiny but very special electrical impulse which, when applied to the skin (usually around the area of pain), stop the transmission of pain signals to your brain. No pain signals - no pain!

TENS machines also have a secondary function by encouraging the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the body's natural pain relief chemicals. They interact with pain receptors in a similar way to pain relief medication (but without any of the side effects).
TENS machines can significantly reduce and in many cases eliminate both chronic and acute pain from almost any cause.


- Non- invasive - TENS machines are easy to use and do not require any special training. They are a non-invasive and manageable way to relieve pain and can be used with total safety alongside any drugs you may be taking.
- Portable - TENS machines are portable, handheld devices. You can use them anywhere in almost any situation whether at home or travelling. Being small and lightweight they can be stored away easily when not in use.
- No side effects - TENS machines no side effects and are perfectly safe to use at home independently or as part of any other therapy you may be using.
- Self management - patients that suffer from chronic pain cannot rely on medication alone. Continuous use of pain medication can result in serious side effects and sometimes dependence. TENS machines do not have any side effects or addictive properties. They encourage patients to self management their symptoms and avoid heavy reliance on drugs.
- Cost effective - it is much more cost effective to use TENS machines for pain relief than expensive prescription medications.

The use of TENS machines is encouraged for people suffering from chronic and acute pain. This form of electrotherapy can help to prevent the need for powerful pain-killing medication. You can use a TENS machine effectively as part of a pain management system.



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