TENS Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does TENS mean?

A: TENS means: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.


Q: What exactly is TENS therapy?

A: TENS therapy electronically stimulates afferent sensory fibers in the body to elicit production of neurohumor substances such as endorphins, enkephalins, & seratonin (1965 Gate Control Theory) which assists in managing, reducing, & controlling chronic pain, naturally.


Q: Who is a prime candidate for TENS therapy?

A: The following are indications for those who could benefit from TENS therapy:

     1. Manage & Control chronic pain.

     2. Manage & Control post-surgical pain.

     3. Reduction of post-traumatic pain.


Q: What is the efficacy rate for TENS therapy?

A: TENS has a 50% - 80% efficacy rate.


Q: Can anyone use TENS therapy?

A: No, not everyone can use TENS therapy.  Patients who have any of the following are NOT candidates for TENS therapy: Demand Pacemakers, Over Carotid Sinuses, Pregnancy, Cerebral Vascular Disorders (Stroke Patients), Over The Chest Area If Patient Has Any Cardiac Condition.  Your physician is the only person who can confirm if TENS therapy is right for you.


Q: How long should each TENS treatment be?

A: Since TENS therapy is a non-medicinal, non-invasive therapy it can be used on an "As Needed" basis.  However, the recommended treatment time per area on a specified body part is usually 15 - 60 minutes, 2 - 5 times per day.  It is important to use fresh supplies such as electrodes, replacement lead wires, & alcohol wipes in order to prevent skin irritation & most importantly to promote maximum performance from the TENS unit.


Q: Will TENS therapy ever cure my condition/diagnosis?

A: No, TENS therapy is not a cure for any ailment, injury, illness, disease, condition, or diagnosis.  TENS therapy assists in managing, reducing, & controlling chronic or acute pain, naturally.


Q: How can I obtain a TENS unit?

A: TENS therapy can only be dispensed by a licensed healthcare professional, very similar to the process of obtaining prescription drugs.  Since a TENS unit could potentially be a dangerous pain management tool for the wrong patient (See Indications For Use) this is why it is imperative not to use TENS therapy without first consulting with a licensed medical professional.


Q: What are the Precautions for TENS therapy?

A: Precautions for TENS therapy are as follows:

     1. TENS therapy can mask underlying pain.

     2. TENS therapy could produce burns or skin irritation.

     3. Prolonged use of TENS therapy may result in muscle spasm/soreness

     4. Caffeine intake may reduce the effectiveness of TENS therapy.

     5. Narcotics decrease the effectiveness of TENS therapy.


Q: Is TENS therapy covered through insurance (Personal Health Insurance, Workman's Compensation, Auto, etc.)?

A: Yes, most insurances do cover TENS therapy (Durable Medical Equipment), however, all insurance policies are written differently and coverage varies from policy to policy.  A.E.H.S. will verify coverage & benefits for each patient while coordinating & communicating with the treating/prescribing medical professional (See: Prescribe Now! Page).