What is TENS?

TENS. or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a small device that many people find effective in relieving pain. TENS has become a recognised and well proven method of treating pain.

Research, technology and quality engineering have made TENS a safe and highly effective pain relief system, recommended by Pain clinics, doctors, maternity and physiotherapy departments throughout the UK and internationally.

What conditions can be relieved by TENS?
TENS provides pain relief for a large variety of pain complaints.
Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Low back pain
  • Lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle spasm
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Metastatic bone pain
  • Neoplastic pain
  • Peripheral nerve lesions
  • Post Herpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Rhizalgia
  • Amputation pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Acute trauma
  • Post operative pain
  • Obstetric (labour) pain

  • If you have a pain condition that is not listed here and would like to know if TENS can help you please contact us.


What are the advantages of TENS?
  • TENS is an effective form of pain relief
  • TENS is safe
  • TENS is drug free
  • TENS is non- addictive
  • TENS is portable and ideal for home use

Childbirth (Obstetric) TENS
What are the benefits of using TENS during childbirth over traditional forms of pain relief?

  • TENS is safe for mother and baby.
  • TENS is drug free, non-invasive and non-addictive.
  • TENS has no harmful side effects for mother or baby.
  • TENS does not alter the normal course of labour.
  • TENS gives mother more control during labour, it does not impair her consciousness or her ability to take an active part in the birth process.
  • TENS is the only method of pain control that allows the mother complete mobility during labour.
  • TENS can be used with other forms of analgesia (pain relief) such as entonox or pethidine, where smaller doses are generally required.
How does TENS work?
TENS relieves pain in two ways. Electrical pulses pass from the machine through electrodes placed over the nerve centres.
Benefit is felt firstly by blocking the pain signals normally sent to the brain through the nerve fibres; thereby interrupting the brain's awareness of pain.
Secondly, the body is stimulated to increase it's own production of natural painkillers known as endorphins and enkephalins.
Is TENS safe?
TENS is non-invasive and safe to use. They should however not be used by patients with heart pacemakers or serious heart rhythm problems.