TENS is a small, battery-operated electrical stimulation device that is used to treat a wide range of soft tissue, muscle and nerve injuries or diseases. TENS blocks pain signals to the brain and spinal cord. A single frequency, electrical current is passed through the skin to the deep tissue in order to increase circulation, stimulate peripheral nerve endings and decrease pain. The electrical stimulation also contracts the muscle, helping to strengthen the muscle and improving circulation, which helps with healing.
Electrodes are placed on the skin around the injured area. The electrical impulses generated travel through the skin to the deep tissue where they stimulate nerves, reduce pain and accelerate recovery. The treatment takes mere minutes and usually clients only experience a slight tingling sensation.