Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy is one technique that your chiropractor may use to relieve your musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractors in San Jose may recommend TENS therapy for patients with back pain, shoulder pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other painful conditions. This effective pain management method works by delivering a low-voltage electrical current to the problematic body part.
It’s thought that TENS relieves pain by disrupting the pain signals sent by nerves to the brain. It’s also thought that TENS triggers the production of endorphins, which are natural “painkillers.” If your chiropractor determines that TENS therapy could be helpful for you, he or she will place one or more electrodes on the painful area. The electrodes have a special gel that acts as a conductor for the electrical current. Then, your chiropractor will adjust the machine to a setting that is comfortable for you. You’ll find that TENS therapy feels much like a soothing massage.