Easy to use, pain relief at the "Touch" of a button
How Touch TENS works:TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS is recommended throughout the world by pain clinics and physiotherapy departments. Not only does TENS reduce your pain, it can also help you to reduce your need for painkillers. TENS is simply a means of stimulating your body's own natural defences against pain.
The electrode pads are usually placed near the source of the pain. Your TENS unit sends a very small electric current through the skin. This stimulates the sensory nerves, which carry touch and temperature signals. These nerves go to the same connections in the spine as the nerves carrying pain. A strong sensory signal will replace the pain signal traveling up the spine to the brain. This is known as the "pain Gate".In the pain Gate mode TENS provides relief while it is switched on. The tingling/pins and needles sensation that you experience competes with the painful signals.
TENS can be used several times a day.At low Pulse Rate settings, TENS causes a release of endorphins, the body's natural morphine like substances, which relaxes and relieves your pain.In Endorphin Release mode, the relief builds up over as much as 40 minutes, and can last for up to 4 hours after the unit is turned off.
The Touch TENS has a memory with three functions:
- Programme Retention:when the unit is switched On, it will automatically start in the programme which was being used when it was switched off.
- Frequency of Use:The display will show the total number of times the unit has been used.
- Elapsed Time: The display will show the toal number of hours the unit has been above zero intensity.
The Touch TENS has seven programmes:
The Touch TENS has carefully-chosen pre-set pain-suppression programmes and is particularly easy to use. Each programme has its own combination of pulse rate and pulse width and each will feel different and suppress pain in different ways.
A medium pulse rate of 110 Hz is good at blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. A low pulse rate of 4 or 10 Hz is good for the release of endorphins, the body's natural morphine like substances, but tends to be less comfortable.
Which Programme is right for me?
If your physician recommends no particular settings, you should Experiment to establish which programs give you the most pain relief.It is important to test the different prongrammes available on your unit because they produce pain relief by different methods. The most appropriate programme varies from one person to another even if they have the same type of pain. Therefore, the selection of both the programme and positioning of the electrodes should be performed on an individual basis.
When you have found the programme which suits you best, The Touch TENS will remember it, and automatically use itnext time you switch on.
- Programme A - Medium Rate, Low Pulse Width, Pain GateIf you are using a TENS unit for the first time, it is recommended that you start with A. The unit automatically goes to programme A when first swiched on.
- Programme E Medium Rate, Medium Pulse Width, Pain Gate. This is similar to A, but has deeper penetration and a stronger feel.
- Programme F-Medium rate, Medium Width, Intensity Modulation This is similar to E, but continuously varies the intensity below the point which you have set.
- Programme B-Low rate, Medium Width, Endorphin Release Produces a pulsing or tapping sensation associated with muscle contractions.
- Programme C-Burst, Combined Pain Gate and Endorphin . In programme C the stimulus is delivered in bursts, i.e. a group of pulses rather than a single pulse.
- Programme D-Low Rate, Medium Width, Endorphin Releasehas a rate specifically recommended for nausea, travel sickness and morning sickness.
- Programme G-Rate, Modulation, Pain Gate.
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You can use TENS as much, and as often, as you get relief from it. Even continuous treatment is fine, but electrodes should be repositioned regularly (at least every 12 hours) to allow the skin to be exposed to air.
- Waveform - symmetrical Bi-phasic rectangular
- Amplitude (over 500ohm load) - 90mA
- Voltage - 240v peak
- Weight - 96 grams
- Dimensions - 120 x 52 x 22mm
- Batteries 2 x 1.5V AA Alkaline LR6
Do not use TENS:
- If you have a heart pacemaker or have a heart rhythm problem.
- If you have, or have had,epilepsy.
- During the first three months of pregnancy.
- When cycling, driving or operating machinery.
- If you are suffering from acute, feverish or infectious diseases.
- Near heart monitors or alarms.
- To mask or relieve undiagnosed pain.
Do not place electrodes in these places:
- On the carotid arteries in the front of your neck.
- Over your eyes.
- Across the front of the head.
- On the abdomen if you are pregnant.
- On the heads of children under 12.
- Near malignant tumours.
Do not start your TENS treatment until the cause and source of pain has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner.