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Best TENS Machine: How to Find the Best Price, Quality, & Machine

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Best TENS Machine: How do I find the best unit for my needs?

It's important to ensure you're educated on TENS therapy and the purpose of TENS machines before finding the best device for you. The best TENS machine is one that is suited for your specific kind of pain, is set at a reasonable price, and is high-quality so that it will last you many years. Discover how to go about finding the best TENS device for you.

Can my pain be alleviated by TENS therapy?

TENS machines are generally used to ease muscle pain, alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, and block pain signals for fast and effective relief. If you experience any of the following symptoms, TENS is a potentially good solution for you.

General Tension

  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Muscle tension
  • Stiff knee or legs
  • uncomfortable muscle contractions

Poor Circulation

  • Tingling feet
  • Cold sensation in hands or feet
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Drop foot
  • Pins and needles in appendages

Joint Problems

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Locking of joints
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness

Muscle Pain

  • Tense or sore muscles
  • Strained or overused muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflamed, red, or swollen muscles

Nerve Pain

  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Diabetic nerve pain
  • Cancer-related nerve pain
  • Shooting or sharp nerve pain

Other Conditions TENS Can Be Used For

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Elbow, wrist, and hand pain
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries

What Not to Use TENS Therapy For

Although TENS is an effective form of pain relief for many conditions and symptoms, there are several symptoms that can not be alleviated by use of a TENS machine. A few of these include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Cold and flu
  • Building or toning muscle

Finding the Best Price

If you have started shopping for a TENS device you may have noticed that the prices can range from $30 to $1000. A consumer doesn't want to compromise quality for price but certainly doesn't want to break the bank by giving up thousands of dollars if it isn't necessary. The best price doesn't always mean the cheapest price if it adds up long-term. The price of a TENS machine comes down to features, quality, and effectiveness.

Spending $30-$100

TENS machines that fall into this price range generally mean you miss out on a variety of features. These machines may not come with extra gel pads, could operate without a rechargeable battery, lack intensity levels, and fail to provide diverse mode settings. The quality may also be less lacking. Overall, if the unit sets a low price tag upfront it may end up costing more long-term.

Spending $100-$300

Spending in this range is a reasonable amount for a TENS device. You are investing in a piece of medical technology that has been adapted from doctors' offices to your home. It can be costly at first to ensure this technology offers the features you need. Look for a portable size, a set of included gel pads, a selection of modes, a variety of intensities, and a convenient rechargeable battery. These machines are more likely to last over time and be reused frequently/

Spending $300-$600 +

If you are buying a machine for your personal use spending excess of $300 for one machine can be unnecessary. More expensive TENS units tend to add the "frills" like over 40 intensities, custom modes, high-tech LED features, a surplus of gel pads, and more. If the TENS unit hits over the $300 price mark be sure it includes a package of pain-relieving products and not just the single machine.

Is the TENS Unit Scientifically Proven to be Effective?

Researchers have conducted a number of clinical trials to ensure that TENS machines are not being recommended for marketing appeal rather than effectiveness. When researching your unit of choice, be assured that there is evidence behind its effectiveness. Check reviews or look for studies backing up its success rate on patients.

How Many Gel Pads Does the Unit Come With?

Gel pads wear out over time and need to be replaced. If a TENS unit comes with a good number of gel pads then it could save you money long-term. There are several different sizes of gel pads.

Larger Gel Pads

These pads are generally used to relieve widespread pain or pain in larger muscle groups. This may include back pain or thigh pain. The best TENS machine should come with several large pads.

Smaller Gel Pads

Small pads can be used on localized pain or smaller muscle groups such as pain on the shoulder or knees. The best TENS machine should come with several smaller pads.

Mixed Gel Pads

The ideal package of gel pads should be a mixed pack. Once you have used your TENS machine for a sufficient amount of time and identified which pad size is most suitable for your pain you can restock on that specific size. The best TENS machine should provide variety!

 

Get More Information

Discover more information about the DR-HO'S TENS machines on our website or read the article TENS Machine: This is Everything You Need to Know for a comprehensive break down of TENS therapy, how it works, and how to find the best machine for you.

If you purchased a TENS Unit find out how to use it in the article How to Use a TENS Machine - And How to Know You're Using it Properly.

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Sources:

  1. DR-HO'S. TENS Machine: This is Everything You Need to Know. Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/04/13/tens-machine-guide/
  2. DR-HO'S. How to Choose a TENS Machine. Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/05/15/how-to-choose-a-tens-machine/
  3. DR-HO'S. What Conditions are TENS Machines Used For? Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/05/15/what-conditions-are-tens-machines-used-for/
  4. DR-HO'S. Do TENS Units Really Work? Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/05/15/do-tens-units-really-work/
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