TENS therapy

There are 3 different therapies under the umbrella term of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (T.E.N.S.)

  • Sensory nerve stimulation - for pain relief and relaxation (also called TENS, the same as the umbrella term)
  • Motor nerve or direct muscle stimulation - for circulation, muscle exercise and functional rehabilitation (called EMS for Electrical Muscle Stimulation)
  • Stimulation of cell membranes - for circulation and faster healing of soft tissue and bone (called ECS for Electrical Cell Stimulation)

The mechanisms of action differ by type of stimulation - and are explained separately; please see links below.


TENS pain relief therapy has evolved and improved since the 1980s. The initial problem was that of developing a tolerance to stimulation resulting in a gradual loss of effectiveness.

Modern TENS therapy has been overcome this with the use of modulated and mixed frequency signals. With correct use of an appropriate waveform, pain relief is available to the patient over the long-term. There need be no development of tolerance.

Further explanation is available on these pages



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