A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine is a non-invasive, drug free method of controlling pain. An extremely popular form of chemical free pain relief that has been used over the years in the control of acute and chronic pain conditions, especially for those people who are looking for a side effect free method of pain relief and to limit the use of medications. The importance and effectiveness of TENS has really risen to the forefront in it’s use for management of labour pain in the past 15 years and has cemented itself as a vital support for pregnant women worldwide. Choose from market leading brands such as Obi Tens, Elle Tens and Smart Tens that gently stimulate the sensory nerves suppressing and blocking the nerve signals to the brain. Encouraging the release of endorphins the bodies natural painkillers, the Inhealth.ie selection of TENS machines will support your pursuit of a pain free labour without the use of medication.
How does a TENS machine work?
When you put your TENS machine on a high pulse rate it triggers your ‘pain gate’ to close. This blocks the nerve pathways to the brain. When you set your TENS machine on to a low pulse rate it stimulates the body into making its own pain relieving chemicals called ‘endorphins’. This acts as a natural alternative in blocking the body’s pain signals.
What are the benefits of TENS machines?
Totally safe and drug free
You are always in control
There are no side effects for the baby or yourself.
You can continue to be mobile whilst using your machine
If needed you can use in combination with pain relieving drugs such as pethadine, gas and air
It is extremely effective if used from the onset of labour. Once you have arrived at the correct strength of the current, the pain relieving effects can be felt immediately.
Can provide a safe natural pain relief for the body as your pregnancy progresses without any medicinal intervention