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Management of Arthritis using a TENS Machine

This short blog post will highlight how a TENS Machine can help you reduce and manage the symptoms of arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. The term “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or any condition relating to joint disease. There are over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis. Nearly 4 million Australian's have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Decreased range of motion

What can be done?

There are many things that can be done to preserve joint function, mobility and quality of life. Learning about the disease and treatment options and making time for physical activity. Millions of people around the world have turned to TENS Therapy for arthritis pain relief with great, proven results.

How a TENS Machine can help Arthritis Pain?

TENS uses self adhesice electrode patches attached to a small, battery-operated device. It sends an electric current to your nerves to override pain signals. Another way TENS may relieve pain is by triggering the release of natural painkillers (endorphins) in the brain.

A TENS Machine helps acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) pain caused by arthrits. TENS has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis (OA) pain and reduce the need for pain medications. A 2015 Cochrane Review concluded, “[there is] tentative evidence that TENS reduces pain intensity over and above that seen with placebo. It’s estimated that overall, about half of people who try TENS get a 50 percent reduction in pain.

How to use a TENS Machine for Arthritis?

Once you’ve found the right TENS Machine for you, the below settings are recommended for management of arthritis pain.

Pulse Width: 170-200 uS

Pulse Rate: 90 to 110Hz

TENS Mode: C

Acute pain: 20 to 60min up to four times daily

Chronic pain: 20 to 30min up to five times weekly

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