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Post by itlives on Thu May 02, 2013 8:18 am

T.E.N.S. stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
E.M.S. stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation

I received my new one two days ago and it was right on time. I had the worst headache I've ever had in my life. I think it was a migraine brought on by tension in my neck. I used it on the muscle in the EMS mode until I couldn't stay awake (because of the pain, I had to sleep). I woke up with the headache COMPLETELY gone.
That was the first time I ever used one of these for a headache.
Mostly they are used for muscle stimulation to fatigue the muscle w/o actual work. Once the muscle is fatigued, it will relax.
The TENS mode is thought to stimulate the body to release endorphins. However it works, I know it works on my elbow pains and tense muscles.
I'm posting this because I think many of us in here could use one of these little gems. They cost anywhere from in the $30 range on up to where you can't afford it (professional grade). Mine was about $50 delivered. I think they are worth looking into . Here's the one I got (I got it for, 1) price and 2) 5 year warranty)
http://www.discountmedicalsupplies.com/store/rehab-products/electrotherapy/tens-units/combo-stim-tens-ems.html
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Post by Dave on Tue May 14, 2013 8:54 am

I always knew you would need the shock treatment eventually. :neener:


But in all seriousness Mike, I'd love to hear your results with this.
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Post by itlives on Tue May 14, 2013 12:30 pm

It works great. I've had it done at the Chiropractor's office and when I found out you can buy a personal one for cheap, I got one. My wife sold it. So I got this one -and it's better!
If you get one, make sure it has both modes - S.T.E.M.S and E.M.S.
you can read up on it or you toob it .
This one worked well on my elbow (which I haven't mentioned much) . It started hurting during the pull-up challenge.
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Post by Rix on Tue May 14, 2013 3:03 pm

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Post by Dave on Tue May 14, 2013 3:03 pm

Thanks Mike!

Rix, sometimes I wonder about you... ;)
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Post by Rix on Tue May 14, 2013 3:07 pm

Dave.cyco wrote:Rix, sometimes I wonder about you... ;)

My Mum had a couple of whiskys when she was pregnant with me ;) (in Cyprus not knowing she was pregnant)
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Post by Dave on Tue May 14, 2013 3:14 pm

Hence the: :loopy:

It all makes sense now. :)
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Post by itlives on Tue May 14, 2013 6:54 pm

Been awhile since I saw that one, Rix!
Funny!
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Post by hedwards on Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:07 pm

itlives wrote:T.E.N.S. stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
E.M.S. stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation

I received my new one two days ago and it was right on time. I had the worst headache I've ever had in my life. I think it was a migraine brought on by tension in my neck. I used it on the muscle in the EMS mode until I couldn't stay awake (because of the pain, I had to sleep). I woke up with the headache COMPLETELY gone.
That was the first time I ever used one of these for a headache.
Mostly they are used for muscle stimulation to fatigue the muscle w/o actual work. Once the muscle is fatigued, it will relax.
The TENS mode is thought to stimulate the body to release endorphins. However it works, I know it works on my elbow pains and tense muscles.
I'm posting this because I think many of us in here could use one of these little gems. They cost anywhere from in the $30 range on up to where you can't afford it (professional grade). Mine was about $50 delivered. I think they are worth looking into . Here's the one I got (I got it for, 1) price and 2) 5 year warranty)
http://www.discountmedicalsupplies.com/store/rehab-products/electrotherapy/tens-units/combo-stim-tens-ems.html

That's the same reason I get migraines. And I've been using a similar unit for a while when I need it.

But, AFAICT, what's going on is that the unit will hit the muscle with a small amount of current causing it to tighten, after wards it will relax a bit. This is similar to progressive muscle relaxation where you tighten and release muscle groups as you go about the body. It's just more tighly targeted and can go at a much more rapid clip.

BTW, the units are similar to electro-acupuncture, just less specifically targeted.

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Post by E70 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:49 pm

Cool info. I've looked into these a long time ago but I never knew anyone who had one. Thanks for the link itlives. I didn't realize the cheaper ones were that effective. I always thought the expensive ones is where the "magic" happens.
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Post by itlives on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:15 pm

Technology is the same in the inexpensive and the expensive. Anything used in a medical or therapy (of any kind) office are ridiculously high priced. I will not go to a doctor unless I have to.
I believe God has given us all the resources we need to stay healthy.
We mess it up. Like me, I've worked with paints all my life. I messed it up. So, I have to really watch my intake of foods to counter the chemicals!
There's always a way!
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Post by E70 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:44 pm

Well said.
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Post by Dave on Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:24 pm

hedwards wrote:This is similar to progressive muscle relaxation where you tighten and release muscle groups as you go about the body. It's just more tighly targeted and can go at a much more rapid clip.

That sounds like a really good idea. Kind of like a turbo charged KStarr mobility wod (i.e. "contract, release, gristle face!").
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