TENS unit and what is electrotherapy?
A TENS unit is one of several kinds of electrotherapy devices that use very small doses of electric current to promote natural pain relief. The word TENS, sometimes abbreviated as T.E.N.S., stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator.
The TENS machine itself is a small electronic device that delivers current through electrodes placed on the skin. Unlike systemic drugs, which affect the entire body, electrotherapy targets pain exactly where it occurs. A modern TENS unit is easy to use and compact enough to provide quick and dependable pain relief at work, home or play.
Electrotherapy and Chronic Pain
Electrotherapy can help relieve and manage chronic pain. This kind of pain is usually the result of an accident or other injury, perhaps to the lower back or a joint in the hand or knee. If it lasts long enough, the pain itself becomes a disease. The most common forms of chronic pain are back pain and arthritis.
Chronic pain is often treated with over-the-counter painkillers and prescription drugs. These drugs may have unwanted side effects and can be very expensive. In contrast, a TENS therapy provides drug-free relief for the pain of arthritis, back pain, sciatica and many other kinds of chronic pain at a very affordable cost.
While TENS is used to mask or hide pain on a superficial level, another kind of electrotherapy is thought to work on a more cellular level. The microcurrent produced by a MENS unit, an acronym for Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulator, more closely approaches the strength of our own body's electrical current. It has been theorized that healthy tissue is the result of the direct flow of this electrical current throughout the body and that this electrical balance is disrupted when the body is injured at a particular site.
Medcare Service carries an excellent MENS unit. When used near the injured area, it helps to realign the body's electrical current, increase the production of ATP, which appears to increase healing and recovery, as well as blocking the pain that is perceived.
Prescriptions and Insurance
A doctor's prescription and certificate of medical necessity are required to buy an electrotherapy device in the United States. These forms are available for download on our Web site at absolutely no charge. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment for chronic pain.
In some cases, your doctor may not be fully acquainted with the benefits of electrotherapy. MedCare Service has worked closely with hundreds of doctors to deliver electrotherapy devices expertly matched to a patient's specific type of chronic pain. We'll be happy to provide your doctor with more information. Please have your doctor contact MedCare Service for answers to any questions about electrotherapy.
Electrotherapy units and supplies, including electrodes and gels, may be available to those with medical insurance or Medicare coverage with no out-of-pocket expense. MedCare Service is authorized to bill Medicare on your behalf. If you have a traditional health care plan, we will also contact your insurance company to determine coverage and arrange payment. Those without insurance coverage will find electrotherapy surprisingly affordable. Please view our product catalogue for more information.
About MedCare Service
My name is Chuck Pavey. I started MedCare Service to provide people like yourself with a drug-free way of easing and controlling chronic pain. If you have any questions about our products, please don't hesitate to call me toll-free at 1-800-800-9295. I will personally take your call and answer any questions you may have.