TENS electrostimulator: effective and natural pain relief
TENS electrostimulators are devices that relieve pain entirely naturally through the transmission of electrical impulses.
Find out everything you need to know about TENS electrostimulation in order to understand how this method can help you treat certain conditions without the use of drugs.
What is TENS electrostimulation?
The term TENS is an acronym meaning Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS electrostimulation is a natural and non-invasive process for relieving all types of pain, whether acute or chronic, through the use of electrical impulses. In practice, low voltage electrical currents stimulate nerve cells that block the transmission of pain signals.
The electrical impulses are generated by a battery-powered electrostimulation device and transmitted to the nerves by electrodes placed on the skin.
In what situations should a pain relieving electrostimulator be used?
A TENS electrostimulator can be used to relieve acute or chronic pain caused by a specific condition or following an injury after intense exertion.
What can be treated with an electrostimulation device?
Electrostimulation devices, such as those offered by Bluetens, allow you to target almost all areas of your body and relieve pain caused by certain conditions:
● The elbows (tendinitis, osteoarthritis, sprain),
● The wrists (tendinitis, osteoarthritis, algodystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome),
● The shoulders (tendinitis, capsulitis),
● The buttocks (sciatica, contracture, pubalgia),
● The stomach (painful periods, endometriosis),
● The back (dorsalgia, lumbago, endometriosis, cruralgia, sciatica, etc.),
● The thighs (tendinitis of the adductors, contracture, contusion, muscle damage),
● The calves (venous insufficiency, periostitis, compartment syndrome),
● The knees (patellar tendon, sprain, osteoarthritis, etc.),
● The ankles (sprain, Achilles’ tendonitis, osteoarthritis, etc.),
● The feet (hallux valgus, plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuralgia, etc.).
Who can use a pain relieving electrostimulator?
Anyone can use a pain relieving electrostimulator.
The benefits of using this apply to seniors as well as to younger people, to professional or beginner athletes or to people working in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time.
Risks, side-effects, and contraindications of electrostimulation
The use of an electrostimulator is contraindicated in the following cases:
● Wearing a pacemaker,
Apart from these three particular cases, people who suffer from heart abnormalities, venous insufficiency, hypertension, or even respiratory problems should ideally seek medical advice before starting electrostimulation.
One of the main advantages of electrostimulation as a pain relief solution is that no adverse effects have been observed so far in users, whereas solutions that use medication to relieve severe pain generally cause many side effects.
With no pain, the effectiveness of electrotherapy has been scientifically proven in numerous studies.
Note that small transient redness may nevertheless appear on more sensitive skin.
How to effectively use a TENS electrostimulator?
A TENS electrostimulator can be used by everybody. All you need to do is place the electrodes on the painful area and select the appropriate program according to the type of pain felt or the condition to be treated.
To correctly place the electrodes on the area to be treated, refer to the user manual or the dedicated application for your electrostimulation device.
Electrostimulation sessions are recommended for at least 20 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week in order to feel a real difference. However, nothing prevents you from having a daily session should you be experiencing daily pain.
If TENS electrostimulation is used to treat chronic pain or as part of a rehabilitation process, it is recommended that you consult a physiotherapist. The results obtained are indeed much more convincing when electrostimulation is combined with treatment by a specialist.
Bluetens classic : the electrostimulator connected to a smartphone
The Bluetens classic is a modern, compact, and lightweight electrostimulation device that connects directly to your smartphone via the Bluetooth connection. It is particularly easy carry by hand and can relieve all types of pain (TENS), strengthen certain muscles, or promote recovery after exercise.
Weighing only 25 grams, the Bluetens Classic can be taken anywhere, at work or on vacation, allowing you to relieve your pain wherever you are.
The Bluetens classic box includes:
● A Bluetens classic (the box),
● A pack containing 8 reusable electrodes (4 small + 4 large),
● A cable to connect the electrodes to the box,
● A USB cable for recharging the electrostimulator,
● A user manual,
● A protective pouch.
The Bluetens classic is an accessible electrostimulation device that can be used by many people, with a price of €149. This is significantly lower than the prices offered by competitors who generally offer devices that are certainly efficient, but which do not take into account new technologies.
A multitude of predefined programs within the intuitive Bluetens application
The Bluetens Classic stimulator is controlled by an application available on a smartphone.
The Bluetens application is completely free and allows the user to stimulate up to 15 body parts through unique programs designed by health professionals.
There are three modes to choose from:
Mode 1 - Single session: to launch a simple electrostimulation program by choosing one area of the body from 15 options offered and the action to be performed (healing, relaxing, or strengthening).
Mode 2 - Generic treatment: in order to obtain a treatment specifically designed by the Bluetens medical team and to treat a particular problem such as a sprain, lumbar pain, painful periods or even tendonitis.
Mode 3 - Premium function: to obtain a tailor-made treatment with follow-up by one of the Bluetens physiotherapists. This personalized treatment is chargeable.
How is the Bluetens Classic used ?
The first important step is to install the Bluetens app on your smartphone. Then you can access the application and select the part of the body to work as well as which program suits your needs.
You will receive professional advice about your condition directly on your smartphone, as well as instructions for placing the electrodes correctly.
All you have to do is turn on the box and launch the program in the application. Note that the connection between the application and the electrostimulator is automatic as soon as the program starts.