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Discover how to relieve pain naturally with a TENS machine

Are you desperate to find something to take your pain away? Tired of feeling like you’re stuck in a nightmare, unable to escape your pain? Finding a drug free pain relief solution can be hard. There are lots of products on the market. How do you know if they’re any good?  CareMax has been selling TENS machines and EMS machines in Australia for almost 10 years. We’ve done the research to bring you affordable devices with today’s technology but without the expensive price tag. 

Click below to discover how TENS and EMS machines can help with your pain:

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What is a TENS machine?

TENS machines can be used to help manage different types of pain. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy is when small electrical nerve-stimulating pulses block the feeling of pain. Small pads (electrodes) are put on the skin near the area of pain and non-painful electrical impulses travel from the electrodes across the skin and along nerves to the brain. Portable TENS machines have been around since the mid 1970’s and today you can choose from lots of different machines, including remote controlled compact wireless devices that don’t use wired electrodes.

What is the difference between TENS and EMS?

Although TENS and EMS machines look very similar, they work differently. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is for blocking pain. EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) is for stimulating muscles. CareMax stocks a wide range of quality TENS and EMS devices that are designed to be used at home for drug free pain relief, faster muscle recovery and improved sporting performance. And our combination units, with both TENS and EMS functions, are the perfect solution if you’re looking for help with pain relief and muscle strengthening.

What can a TENS and EMS machine be used for?

TENS machines are normally used along other treatments, like physical therapy. They are becoming more popular for people looking for fast natural relief from pain or worried about potential risks and side effects of opioid medications. TENS machines can be used to get relief from short-term (acute) and longer-term (chronic) pain. EMS machines can help build, strengthen and tone muscle, as well as increase blood flow to help recover faster from sports injury. The devices are often used by physiotherapists, athletes, body builders as part of a training or rehabilitation program.

Is it safe to use TENS on metal implants?

The major concern is that the applied electrical energy will result in 'significant' heating of the metallic implant, which would have a detrimental effect in the local tissues surrounding that implant, raising the tissue temperature to damaging levels and causing skin burns. However, there is no reference in medical literature to the effects of TENS on implants, other than pacemakers. The signal from TENS/EMS only penetrates about 1cm below the skin’s surface and contains only a tiny amount of energy (just enough to persuade a nerve to send a signal), therefore there should be no side effects.

With this being said, extra care should still be taken when using TENS/EMS on metal implants. In order to avoid any potential risk, the following procedures must be followed:

- Electrodes should be placed away from the proximity of the metal implant, skin staples, skin with reduced sensation or tissues treated with dressings or topical agents containing metal ions.

- Avoid using too small electrodes which create high current density and may lead to a heat burnt.

- Implanted device which is powered by a battery (or equivalent) is an ACTIVE IMPLANT and should be considered to be a real contraindication to many forms of electrotherapy.

If you are uncertain of using a TENS machine on an area in which you have a metal implant, please seek advice from your medical practitioner.

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