So, what is a TENS machine?

T.E.N.S. is short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

It is a drug-free, physical therapy or electro therapy.

A TENS machine is a personal medical device which provides one or more of 3 different types of electro therapies. A quality unit will come with clear and helpful instructions for proper application and use.

With an ActivLife TENS machine, the therapies can be used between visits to the clinic - at home or on the move, for as long as needed. Treatment is extremely convenient, very cost-effective, and of significant therapeutic value.

Following medical diagnosis, TENS therapy can be administered by the patient, as part of a program for pain management, soft tissue repair, wound healing, muscle strengthening or functional rehabilitation.

If you have never tried a TENS machine before, ActivLife has a hire-to-buy option. We also hire our labour TENS machine, ActivNatal.

We manufacture in Victoria, Australia, and provide excellent customer support and advice; repairs and spare parts are readily available.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our TENS systems, and this year we have launched a range of Conductive Garment Electrodes (used instead of the gel pads). They are proving to be very popular. We are the only retailers of these products in Australia.

"The device is excellent as I can charge it and have it working all day, pain relief, and its so unobtrusive and compact that it fits easily into my pocket."
Trevor J, Girraween NSW, 17 April 2018

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There are three quite different types of TENS electro therapy

These 3 major mechanisms are:

  • Sensory nerve stimulation
  • Cell membrane stimulation
  • Motor nerve stimulation

Each mechanism serves a different medical purpose, as follows:

  1. Sensory nerve stimulation (TENS) - for fast and lasting pain relief and relaxation; mechanisms include pain gating and release of beta endorphins, encephalin and serotonin

  2. Cell membrane stimulation (ECS) - opening cell walls to improve circulation and access to protein and nutrients and hasten soft tissue repair

  3. Motor nerve stimulation (EMS) - used to prevent muscle atrophy and strengthen specific muscles after injury or surgery; also for pelvic floor muscles to prevent incontinence

Unless your condition has been diagnosed and you have been advised by a knowledgeable TENS consultant, you may be using your TENS machine incorrectly.