While there are many ways to help reduce and manage pain levels when being treated for an injury, we sometimes utilize TENS therapy, which utilizes electric stimulation to block pain signals that go to our patients’ brains and spinal cords. By doing this, we can help you reduce pain levels.
At Bomberg Chiropractic, we typically use TENS therapy as a way to predominantly treat back pain, as well as major joint and muscle pain. There are a variety of reasons as to why we recommend TENS therapy. Our licensed chiropractor, Dr. Bomberg, will discuss them below.
What is TENS Therapy?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy is a type of pain relief therapy that uses small electric currents to block pain signals from traveling to the brain or spinal cord. By blocking these signals, patients are able to live with less pain. At Bomberg, we can have you undergo TENS therapy as an alternative to traditional therapy methods, such as massage therapy and chiropractic care, or we can offer TENS therapy as an additional service to massage therapy and chiropractic care.
How Does it Work?
First, we'll attach a handful of electrodes to your skin in the affected area. These electrodes have adhesive backs that allow the devices to remain on your skin for the duration of your treatment sessions. The electrodes have small wires attached to the TENS machine. As soon as the machine is turned on, it will send small electric currents to the electrodes, which then travel into the nervous system. Once in the nervous system, the electrodes will block pain signals, which can enhance your quality of life.
Why Do We Use TENS Therapy?
At Bomberg Chiropractic, we use TENS therapy for a variety of reasons. We believe the spinal cord either blocks or allows pain signals to travel throughout the body. By utilizing TENS therapy, the hope is that the electric currents will ease the pain detected by your nerves, which can block your spinal cord from detecting these pain signals. Once your spinal cord blocks the pain signals, they are no longer transmitted to your brain, which reduces your pain. Here are additional benefits of TENS therapy:
● Safe Pain Relief
Like most other pain relief techniques, TENS therapy is a safe treatment for most people. However, it is important to consult with your doctor and inform our team about any medical conditions you may have. If you are pregnant, you should not have TENS therapy. Additionally, it is crucial to avoid this electronic therapy if you have epilepsy, heart problems, or have metal implants, such as pacemakers.
● Effective Pain Relief
While many health officials will first try to treat your pain with more traditional methods, such as massage therapy and physical therapy, many will move to TENS therapy to help with their pain—especially if that pain is unable to be traced to a source. Though this therapy doesn’t always work for everyone, it has proven to be quite effective for many struggling to manage their pain.
● Lower-Cost Pain Relief
TENS therapy is typically less expensive than other treatment options. This therapy requires less hands-on work from your care team, which is cheaper for you. In other words, treating your pain with electric currents is far less expensive than having corrective surgery, having continuous physical therapy, etc. Additionally, TENS therapy can ideally reduce your pain to the point where you don’t have to rely on using various medications for treatment. By doing this, you can save money on medications and reduce the risk of addiction to strong pain-relief medications.
● Non-Invasive Pain Relief
Unlike other pain relief options and treatment plans, TENS therapy is non-invasive. The treatment simply requires you coming in to have the machine’s electrodes attached to your skin for a set amount of time. This pain treatment option is far less invasive than other procedures, such as surgery or dye-enhanced imaging tests. By tackling your pain treatments head-on with TENS therapy, you can reduce the chance your condition progresses, which can save you from invasive procedures and therapies in the long run.
Contact Bomberg Chiropractic Today
If you are in the Twin Cities metro area and looking for a reputable chiropractor to help you manage your chronic pain, contact our team at Bomberg Chiropractic today. We utilize state-of-the-art treatments to help you reduce your pain levels. We don’t just focus on fixing one problem. We work with you to discover the source of the pain and work on healing the initial injury. By focusing on holistic health, we are able to help our clients feel better in the long run.
To learn more about the pain management and treatment services we offer, give us a call at 763-450-1755 or message us on our contact page today.