TENS is an electro therapy

TENS means Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.  TENS therapy is a drug-free, electro therapy, used by pain management specialists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. 

Following medical diagnosis, TENS therapy can be managed by the patient, as an integral part of their pain relief or injury recovery program. Self-management means access to the therapy on a daily basis. With an ActivLife micro (wearable) TENS machine, the therapy can be accessed on the move and for as long as needed.

Effective TENS therapy is so much more than just a machine

Effective therapy comprises:

Correct diagnosis of the medical condition, combined with an overall management program, including:

  • TENS advice and guidance based on clinical evidence
  • TENS machine functions based on medical science
  • Correct positioning of the electrodes (or pads)
  • Concise, easy to follow TENS treatment guidelines
  • On-going supervision of progress and adjustments as necessary

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TENS therapy is used in 3 quite different ways:

  1. Sensory nerve stimulation (TENS) - for fast and lasting pain relief and relaxation; mechanisms include pain gating and release of endorphins and serotonin
  2. Cell membrane stimulation (ECS) - opening cell walls to improve circulation and hasten musculoskeletal repair
  3. Motor nerve stimulation (EMS) - used to prevent muscle atrophy and strengthen specific muscle after injury or surgery; also for pelvic floor muscles to prevent incontinence

ActivLife micro control units - tiny, wearable TENS machines

ActivLife micro TENS machines have been designed to be as small and light as possible, so you can maintain full mobility at all times. They are are also extremely easy to operate.

Choose your unit based on your most pressing need, or phone us for advice.

  • ActivBody is designed for chronic pain, nerve pain, joint and soft tissue pain, circulation and relaxation
  • SportsMed is for injury pain relief, injury repair, rehabilitation and muscle strengthening; also great after surgery
  • InControl is for pelvic floor muscle strengthening - say NO to incontinence by strengthening all the muscles of the pelvic floor - and rediscover your active life
  • ActivNatal is for pregnancy, labour and after childbirth - offering general pain relief, labour pain relief and exercise mode to regain muscle tone; can be used by the whole family
  • EllaEase is for various menstrual concerns - period pain, abdominal cramps and premenstrual tension

So many unique features with ActivLife


  • ActivLife offers the ONLY Australian made TENS machines - official Australian Made ID 5317
  • Our devices have been listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), since its inception; #174871 and #175359

Easy to use

  • Accurate, programmed functions
  • ONLY 2 button controls
  • Simple instructions, photos and treatment guide
  • Phone advice when and if you need it


  • Effective programs based on clinical research and reflecting the latest medical knowledge
  • Powerful and comfortable - from 2 volts to 60 volts, and 30 different intensity settings
  • Modulating and mixed frequency signals means pain relief is available for the long term

Convenient and comfortable

  • Functions have been designed to feel good, as well as to deliver maximum effectiveness
  • Tiny - thumb size and weighing only 25gm
  • Wearable - in your pocket / clothing, or buy our lanyard / waist belt pouch

Long lasting

  • Up to 8 hours before auto turn OFF (manual turn OFF any time)
  • Rechargeable - plug into mains power, worldwide if necessary
  • Up to 24 hours of usage time between recharges
  • Between 3 and 6 years before the battery needs replacing, by us
  • 24 month warranty and a product repair service that is economical, friendly and fast
  • Pads are reusable for many months; Replacement pads are inexpensive and readily available

TENS expertise

We are TENS innovators and leaders. On this website you will read more TENS information than is available anywhere else, except in a medical text book.  By using the top navigation bar and content links within pages, you can:

  • Directly link TENS therapy to your medical condition and needs
  • Learn how TENS, EMS and ECS work
  • Read the clinical evidence and benefit from clinical practice research

For medical professionals and aged carers, there is even more detailed, educational material.

How to use a TENS machine

Free ActivLife Carry Case on all orders over $260: Protection; Storage; Travel

Recent testimonials and independent reviews

"You are very lovely, helpful people. I can't thank you enough for your amazing products [ed. ActivBody and SportsMed]. Please don't change" ....Julie T, Kilsyth VIC, 3rd September 2017
"Love my TENS machine [ed. ActivBody] ; now I have my husband using one, too" ....Helen F, Niddrie VIC, 30th August 2017
"This machine [ed. PainEze plus, now ActivBody] does wonders when I'm having a fibromyalgia flare up and normal pain meds don't work; Excellent pain relief" .... Lani J, High Wycombe WA, 23rd August 2017
" I have used my machine [ed. SportsMed] for 14 years. I first bought it to manage pain during childbirth. Now my son uses it for his AFL injuries!!. Shoulder pain relief is excellent" .... Caroline H, Suffolk Park NSW, 5th August 2017
"We started with an Ezistim then moved to the SportsMed. Both my wife and I love these devices, so I might as well get a second SportsMed! I'm glad to see that there is also a short lead option and I'll give that a whirl too" ....James F, Kings Langley NSW, 26th July 2017
"I purchased the tens machine [ed. SportsMed] after a hip replacement 16 years ago and it worked well. I have now just had a knee replacement and am looking forward to further successful use" ....Peter K, ACT, 24th July 2017
"This is an awesome machine [ed. ActivBody]. It served its purpose well while my husband was waiting for a discectomy. He found this was the only pain killer that worked for nerve pain" .... Susan S, Ashmore QLD, 12th July 2017


When the patient support and advocacy group "Pain Australia" prepared a TENS Fact Sheet, they turned to us for information, explanation and research material.

"If you are unsure about using TENS, ask a therapist or retailer for a demonstration. It is easy to learn and easy to use. You can also look for an option where you can hire and trial a machine at home.".....Pain Australia 2015

Trust ActivLife

We have been researching and manufacturing TENS devices since 1971. After 46 years, there are now many imported, "copy-cat" products on the market, and YES, some of them do appear to be cheap.

The adage "you get what you pay for" applies here. Problems to avoid include:

  • TENS units that are not listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Devices not supported after sale - there are many of these
  • Disposable TENS machines that only last as long as the non-chargeable battery or the life of the pads

Some machines call themselves "wireless". Please be aware that there is a wire between the two pads. Therefore, those pads cannot be separated more than a few centimetres and, in our opinion, this is neither versatile nor convenient.