T.E.N.S Explained – What is T.E.N.S and how does it work?

TensCare believes in feeling better naturally and using the body’s natural abilities to alleviate pain. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S) allows us to do this. While TENS may sound like a scary concept – it is in fact very safe and has been used by millions around the world to alleviate pain. However, I know you will be asking the question “how does it help alleviate pain?” which is a really good question. TENS works in one of two ways: 

Pain Gate 

When we sense pain, our sensory neurons will pass a message to the brain to inform about such pain. In turn, your body will take the required actions to avoid this. For example, if you have ever put your hand on a hot stove, your body will tell you to move your hand. However, sometimes you may need a little helping hand to stop the pain message from reaching the brain – especially for pain that cannot be alleviated by simply moving your hand.  TENS helps pain control by closing the pain gate that allows the pain message to pass to the brain, meaning you will feel a reduction in pain. Perfect if you suffer from chronic, musculoskeletal, or general aches and pains. This has compared to “rubbing” the pain better. 

Endorphin Release 

Endorphins are otherwise known as the body’s natural pain killer. If you have been to the gym or gone for a run, you may have experienced a euphoric feeling once it has finished – this is the body releasing endorphins that make you feel good. Similarly, eating chocolate is also known to release endorphins like serotonin and dopamine. We recommend using a TENS machine at low frequencies for around 40 minutes to stimulate your endorphins (using the specially tailored programs). After this, the effect will last for hours and provide constant pain relief. 

TENS can help to alleviate pain in a wide range of areas such as: 

Chronic Pain – this pain is known as an ongoing pain that can last upwards of six months. Once the initial injury or illness that caused this pain has healed, the pain signals outlast this healing process and can remain active for weeks, months or even years. Some causes of chronic pain can be, but not limited to, lumbago, arthritis, back pain, sciatica central pain or hip pain. 


Acute pain – this is pain that comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific – this can be a sharp pain. Acute pain, unlike chronic pain, usually lasts no longer than six months. The pain will go away once the underlying cause for the pain has ceased; for example: an injury has healed, or an illness has been cured. Some causes of acute pain can be, but not limited to: Surgery, broken bones, dental work, burns, cuts, or childbirth. 


Musculoskeletal pain – this refers to pains in the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. The most common is back pain but can also be felt throughout the body in conditions such as fibromyalgia. This pain can fall under acute or chronic pain also, depending on the period it lasts. Some causes of musculoskeletal pain can be, but not limited to, fibromyalgia, falling, sprain, strains or blows to muscles. 


With such delicate factors causing pain, you want to know you are being treated with the best possible programs by a brand you can trust. TensCare are electrotherapy specialists with over 20 years of knowledge in the field and we make it our mission to make you feel better naturally. That is why there are a few machines that can help with your pain management. If you are looking for a comprehensive pain relief unit, look no further than the Sports TENS 2 – boasting 10 pre-set programs and the additional potential to create two of your own manual programs, you are sure to find a program that can help with any of your pain needs. It also offers EMS programs that are beneficial to help relax pains and aches. 

However, if you want a no fuss unit, the Perfect TENS would be a great option. Offering 8 pre-set programs and 1 manual program, this machine is perfect if you want to just use TENS technology and do not require any other assistance, making it quick and easy to use. 

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