The peptide hormone beta-endorphin is critical to our health and well-being.

Increases in peripheral beta-endorphin concentration are associated with changes in pain perception and mood state.

Short term anaerobic exercise leads to an increase in beta-endorphin levels, when the anaerobic threshold has been exceeded or at the point of an over-proportionate increase in lactate. In endurance exercise performed at a steady-state between lactate production and elimination, blood beta-endorphin levels do not increase until exercise duration exceeds approximately 1 hour, with the increase being exponential thereafter.

The release of beta-endorphin by low frequency TENS therapy is similar to endurance exercise - duration needs to be approximately 1 hour, with more benefits accruing for longer applications.

ActivBody TENS therapy

Most people do not purchase ActivBody just for its relaxation function - although there is absolutely no reason why you cannot.

More typically, customers make a purchase to relieve chronic pain and then discover for themselves the relaxation properties of TENS therapy.

ActivBody is the TENS machine we suggest for relaxation.

ActivBody electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand relaxation.

  • RELAX mode
    • Lasting pain relief (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Relaxation (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Circulation (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

Pad placement - relaxation

relaxation electrode placement
relaxation electrode placement
relaxation electrode placement

Settings for Mode, Intensity, Time and Repeat frequency

Everyone has a different level of skin resistance; therefore we cannot specify an exact intensity setting for you. Simply choose a level of intensity where you can feel the stimulation but ensure it is below a level of discomfort. See the table below for examples.

Muscles should not twitch or spasm. So long as you avoid muscle twitching, you cannot overdose.

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Acute pain BLOCKMedium 30 minutesas required
Chronic pain RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesas required
Nagging pain RELIEVELow Overnightas required
Relaxation RELAXLow Minimum 2 hoursas required
Circulation RELAX or RELIEVELow 60 minuteswhen practical
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