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basics about electro THERAPY and TENS
What is Electrotherapy or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)?
Electrotherapy, also known as TENS, is a drug-free, non-invasive therapy designed to reduce and relieve muscle and joint pain, stiffness and numbness in the arms, legs, feet and lower back by applying electrical nerve stimulation to the surface of the skin near the site of the pain.
How does Electrotherapy or TENS work?
Scientific theory suggests TENS can work in several ways: the pulses can block pain messages from reaching the brain, the stimulation can trigger the body to produce more endorphins (a natural pain killer) or the therapy can improve blood circulation.
What type of pain is Electrotherapy or TENS best for?
This therapy works best on acute pain versus chronic pain, which is more serious.
Can Electrotherapy or TENS cure my pain?
No; this type of therapy does not cure the underlying cause of your pain. It can provide temporary relief or reduction of pain.
Is Electrotherapy or TENS safe?
Yes; TENS has been prescribed and used for more than 30 years by medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors as an effective pain relief solution. Omron electroTHERAPY for Pain Relief is FDA-cleared. Omron electroTHERAPY is available over the counter without a prescription.
Who can use Electrotherapy or TENS?
Any adult who suffers from muscle or joint pain can use this therapy. However, it should not be used by children, pregnant women or anyone who has an implanted metallic or electronic device. Ask your physician if you have any questions related to your health.
Does insurance cover the cost of a TENS device?
Consult your physician and/or insurance company to determine if a TENS device would be covered for your specific pain management needs.
basics about Omron® electroTHERAPY for pain relief
Why should I use Omron electroTHERAPY for Pain Relief?
Omron electroTHERAPY TENS units are a simple, drug-free solution for relief of muscle and joint pain. Under your personalized control, our line of portable TENS units deliver gentle massage-like pulses, providing pain relief on the spot. Available without a prescription, Omron electroTHERAPY may help relieve pain after one 15-minute session.
Where can I buy Omron electroTHERAPY TENS unity?
Omron electroTHERAPY for Pain Relief is available online and at select retailers.
Do I need a prescription from my doctor to purchase an Omron electroTHERAPY TENS unit?
Omron electroTHERAPY TENS units are cleared by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) for sale without a prescription.
When should I use an Omron electroTHERAPY TENS unit?
Use the unit as soon as your pain begins. If you get to your pain early, it may prevent the pain from becoming worse. The earlier you get your pain under control, the better chance you have to keep up with your daily activities.
How often can I use my Omron electroTHERAPY TENS unit?
You can begin with one 15-minute therapy session with a maximum use of up to 3 times per day. During each therapy, rate your pain before and after the session, 1 (low) to 10 (high) in order to gauge the true reduction of pain.
Where can I use my Omron electroTHERAPY unit?
You can use Omron electroTHERAPY TENS units on multiple body parts, including: lower back, sciatic, deltoid, upper arm, elbow, hip & thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot. View our pad placement guides for more information.
What does the blinking light on my unit mean?
The blinking light indicates the program level you have selected. The number of blinks corresponds to the intensity level selected from 1 (weak) to 5 (strong). For example, 2 blinks means you are at level 2.
If I’m taking other medications, can I still use Omron electroTHERAPY for Pain Relief?
Yes; it is a 100 percent drug-free solution and can be safely used in addition to other pain management remedies. Always ask your physician if you have any questions about your health.
Can I use this unit as part of my regular pain regimen?
Yes, TENS therapy is a good adjunct therapy in addition to your regular pain regimen such as heat, cold, wraps, physical therapy and medications. Ask your physician if you have any questions related to your health.
taking care of your Omron® electroTHERAPY for pain relief unit
How long do the pads last?
The Long Life Pads are good for up 150 uses or 5 months based on daily usage. Caring for your pads is easy; simply clean the pads as recommended up to 10 times. When replacing your pads, remove the protective film from the pads and place on the holder provided when you purchased your pain relief unit.
Where can I find the instruction manual?
The Omron electroTHERAPY for Pain Relief Instruction Manual can be found by clicking here.
How do I clean my Omron electroTHERAPY Long Life Pads?
First, turn the power off and disconnect the pads from the electrode cord. Then simply wash the pads softly with your fingertips under slow running cold water for several seconds up to 10 times. Let the pads completely air dry before reconnecting to your unit. Do not wipe pads with any towels or cloth. We recommend cleaning your pads after 15 uses.
How should I store my unit?
Keep your electroTHERAPY TENS unit along with the QUICK START GUIDE and INSTRUCTION MANUAL in the original packaging or carrying pouch that comes with the unit. The electrode cords should remain attached to the Long Life Pads. The electrode cords can be wrapped around the included pad holder (see image). Store all components in a dry, cool location.