What safety measures should you be aware of?
Safety is paramount when using any therapeutic device, and the TENS machine is no exception. Before beginning any session, always seek advice from healthcare professionals. Doing so ensures that TENS therapy is suitable for your specific situation. Certain individuals, like those with pacemakers or other specific medical conditions, may need to exercise caution or avoid TENS machines altogether.
During usage, if you ever experience discomfort beyond a mild tingling sensation, it’s advisable to adjust the settings or discontinue use temporarily. Consistently check the skin under the electrodes for any signs of irritation or unusual reactions, and, if any are detected, stop your sessions and consult a medical expert.
While TENS machines are safe, they must never be used around the head, front of the neck or directly on the heart area.
Are there side effects to using a TENS machine?
Like any treatment, the TENS machine is not without its limitations. It’s important to understand that while many experience relief, the efficacy can vary from person to person. Some may find significant pain reduction, whereas others might notice minimal change.
Side effects of TENS units can include skin irritations or allergic reactions to the sticky pads, or the gel used with the electrodes. Redness, itchiness or a rash might appear in the areas where the electrodes were placed.