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TENS unit question - 5/17/2016 12:02:56 PM   
DommeinRochester


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My back decided recently that it hates me. Pills just don't want to work. So I grabbed my trusty
TENS unit and put the paddles on my back. Oh Sweet Jesus, I'm a happy girl.

So for all you TENS users out there, in your opinions, how often would you use a unit on your back on a medium setting?
And for how long?

Thanks,
DR
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RE: TENS unit question - 5/18/2016 6:43:06 PM   
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You can use a tens for hours at a time, even the whole day. Our nervous system does adapt to its use and you may have to gradually raise the intensity to get the desired effect. I would use it for several hours turn it off and see how long for the pain to return. Then turn it back on again. Short intervals will reduce the likelihood that you develop a tolerance to the stimulation.

It works by short circuiting the pain transmissions to the brain, it may reduce spasm as well. That also reduces the pain and discomfort.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/18/2016 7:26:53 PM   
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My experience and research is that the TENS works more as a distraction than as a nerve block. The risk is that the more you pay attention to the TENS or the area of pain, the more your 'awareness' expands where you probably don't want it to.
The word for how the feeling lessens over time is 'accommodation', why we don't feel constant sensation, where we do novel things. It's how the brain ignores what doesn't change in favor of flagging new or different stimuli, which far more often signal danger or significant new information.
Only experiments show how fast your pain returns, or how much you can lower TENS settings after any specific break. Like pain, it may be very situational. The more bored and depressed, the more sensitive to any problem. Enthusiasm and energy about anything changes your internal awareness, even if only a good program on TV or radio. A good book can carry one through what may be very unpleasant when no fun distraction is at hand. No offense to those with eye watering pain that fills your consciousness.
Moving the TENS pads to new areas can alter accommodation usefully. The same may happen with different size pads. I find the large area contacts produce very mild sensations. Smaller is more intense. Sharp tips can feel like needles piercing. Whatever solves the problem? Of course for kinky play, the more pointed contacts seem more interesting.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/18/2016 9:17:34 PM   
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Thank you both very much for your replies, I really appreciate it. You've given me a lot of good information. Thank you again.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/19/2016 4:35:04 PM   
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TENS is a common method of pain relief for many. Interestingly there is conflicting data on whether it really works. No control studies have been done on this but some are underway now.


One of the leading theories on how a TENS unit work to block pain is the Gate Theory of pain control. Here is an article that explains it in lay terms easy to understand. YOu can always Google for more indepth articles.
http://www.mydr.com.au/pain/tens-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation

I have personally used an Estim unit with success for back pain. But I did it in conjunction with meditation. So I cannot attribute the relief solely to the Estim unit.


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RE: TENS unit question - 5/19/2016 4:52:50 PM   
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. . .
http://www.mydr.com.au/pain/tens-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation

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Other more pointed lists of exclusions for TENS use list pacemakers as the prime risk (Or any other similar implanted wire from the exterior chest to the Heart!), and Not listing the front of the neck, but excluding directly over the Carotid artery (Strong pulse on the side of the neck), and don't mention the face, but are emphatic about not on Eyes.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/20/2016 11:29:05 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DommeinRochester

My back decided recently that it hates me. Pills just don't want to work. So I grabbed my trusty
TENS unit and put the paddles on my back. Oh Sweet Jesus, I'm a happy girl.

So for all you TENS users out there, in your opinions, how often would you use a unit on your back on a medium setting?
And for how long?

Thanks,
DR


I use it regularly as I have some back issues due to a couple of accidents (mainly coming off motorbikes off-road) and I always feel really pervy if I use it for the real reason ;)

One thing that enormously helped me but might squid you out are medical leeches (the bloodsuckers) I actually started using them by chance as we used them for the arthritis of one of my rescues and it worked a treat, but before I put it on my dog baby, I decided I try them on myself, I had heard about their pain reducing effect but didn't really buy into it too much, oh effing hell, I now use them regularly before transatlantic flights, London - LA even in cattle class is bearable after that, it has an effect that lasts for months. I still scream like a girl if they have to be applied and they bite me (it's not very painful, a bit like a mosquito bite) but it's more the eeek factor, but the result is soooooo worth it, bliss that lasts ages

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/20/2016 5:56:28 PM   
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Leeches? I just asked my partner about them, she said she has heard that they
work very well for pain.

Now you have me curious. How do you get them? How many do you put on at one time? How long do you
leave them on?

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/20/2016 6:34:49 PM   
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DommeinRochester...................try asking your doctor about getting them. They are still used in surgery in some instances. If not, try your local boxing gym or rugby league trainer. They use them for bruises and black eyes, to reduce the swelling quickly. you used to be able to buy them across the counter in pharmacies but I think you would get a blank or horrified look if you asked in Boots these days.

I DO know they used to be prolific in the River Ches, where it ran through Chesham and Amersham in Bucks, but I haven't a clue if they are still there or they have been polluted out. Good luck anyway. Kind of a long way for you to go to look too I would guess *smile*

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/20/2016 6:59:30 PM   
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Amazon has TENS units.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/20/2016 7:49:47 PM   
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I have a TENS unit Aylee, thanks. I was asking Lady Constanze where I could find leeches.

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/21/2016 10:10:33 AM   
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In the USA, here is one place to buy medical leeches:

http://www.leechesusa.com/


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RE: TENS unit question - 5/21/2016 10:40:44 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DommeinRochester

Leeches? I just asked my partner about them, she said she has heard that they
work very well for pain.

Now you have me curious. How do you get them? How many do you put on at one time? How long do you
leave them on?



Between 2 and 4, I call the company and they deliver, I spoke with them as I had to order some (btw you can recycle them, as long as they are used on the same person no danger at all), I am very very happy with them and I know they have somebody in the US, Carolina Biological Supply Co., I tend to stick with Biopharm as they were super helpful when we started with the dogs and actually featured Kia in one of their vet shows, as she's the first dog where the arthritis treatment was documented by the owner and a vet

http://www.biopharm-leeches.com/contact-us.html

It's really important that you have a reliable supplier as you want the hygiene standards being observed and you want MEDICAL leeches and not just any bloodsucker ;)

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RE: TENS unit question - 5/21/2016 10:56:56 AM   
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Btw it you prick your skin and there is a drop of blood, they are more willing to bite, in case you are a smoker, do not smoke for an hour or so before and a big no no is if you have any clotting problems or take blood thinners, what works well is cutting out a bit of gauze and taping the gauze (with the cut out in the region where you want the leech to bite) to your skin, as they don't like wandering over the gauze, also store them in a warm place for a few hours before you apply them, their metabolism is directly related to temperature, and if you get tweezers with blunt ends for taking them out and applying them without harming them. Instead of using soap to wash your skin, rub a bit of sugar and water over the skin and rinse it off.

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