HOW TENS/EMS WORKS FOR YOU
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or (TENS) uses a low volt electrical current sent into the muscles and nerves. This helps engage your body's natural pain relief mechanisms.
The Pain Gate Mechanism (PGM), and the Endogenous Opioid System (EOS) are the two pain relief mechanisms that are activated with TENS.
The Pain Gate Mechanism (PGM) which is also called the Gate Control Theory, is the mechanism that uses high frequency TENS. The high frequency stimulation activates particular sensory fibers to stimulate. This pain-free stimulus that goes through the fibers and blocks off pain signals that would normally be sent to the brain.
The Endogenous Opioid System (EOS) uses low frequency TENS. With this use of TENS on a lower setting, you are stimulating different fibers and creating an opioid effect in the body. This provides pain relief and also lessen pain signals sent to the brain.
The other benefits that TENS can provide are:
Boost circulation...Ease muscle discomfort...Reduce swelling...Recover faster...Boost flexibility...Increase muscle performance...Reduce injury...Improve sleep