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Do TENS Units Relieve Muscle Pain?

February 20, 2020 in TENS Therapy

Do TENS Units Relieve Muscle Pain?

With ailments like fibromyalgia, neck pain, lower-limb pain, lower back pain or pain from exercise, the feeling of muscle tension and soreness is a daily reality for many. Therefore, it’s important to understand what you can do to help relax your muscles on a day-to-day basis.

When in pain, it’s often common to resort to anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter pain drugs. That said, using a TENS unit can be an effective way to temporarily relieve pain associated with chronic ailments without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. But how do TENS units relieve muscle pain? 

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A Recap on TENS

TENS therapy is a safe, gentle form of electrical stimulation that targets pain receptors in the nervous system. The stimulation generated by TENS units floods the nervous system in order to override pain signals with a different sensation. This effectively “blocks” the brain from registering pain signals while the TENS stimulation is activated. This analgesic effect leads to very effective pain relief if it's used regularly. 

What differentiates DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System Pro is the fact that it uses TENS therapy in conjunction with EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) to provide even more relief from tense, sore, strained muscles. 

What is EMS?

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is another form of electrical stimulation that soothes and relieves tense muscles by sending safe, but powerful electrical impulses to different muscles and muscle groups. EMS machines release a pulsing electrical current that causes muscles to contract and release. This simulation mimics the natural action of the muscles during physical activity. Like TENS, EMS has many positive benefits.

  1. It helps to increase blood flow and circulation to the muscles which help them heal
  2. It can help strengthen the muscles, especially after an injury
  3. The contraction and release of the muscles helps them to relax
  4. Finally, it can relieve muscle pain, spasms and muscle tension

How Do TENS and EMS Units Relieve Muscle Pain?

DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System Pro uses powerful EMS pulses that change automatically in order to effectively stimulate and contract muscles. This stimulation is similar to what occurs when we exercise our muscles at the gym or through other forms of physical activity. Not only does this stimulation keep muscles active and improve range of motion, but it also helps with blood flow and circulation. 

When muscles have access to blood, oxygen and other nutrients, they are less likely to stay inflamed, stiff and tense. EMS is an excellent way for pain sufferers to keep their muscles moving and circulated when exercise is a difficult or impossible proposition. 

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DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System Pro Combine TENS and EMS to Relieve Muscle Pain

Even though TENS and EMS are different, they can be combined into one unit. Devices like DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System Pro provide the dual benefits of both TENS and EMS. Because of this combination, this unit is ideal for muscle pain relief and recovery.

A combined EMS and TENS unit can both block pain signals from reaching the brain and cause painful muscles to contract and release. As we’ve mentioned, this stimulation will increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscle which helps them heal more effectively with regular use. 

DR-HO’S Proprietary AMP Technology Helps Relieve Muscle Pain More Effectively 

Most TENS and EMS machines only use one type of stimulation. Over time, the body will adapt to the stimulation, resulting in the therapy losing its effectiveness.  AMP (Auto-Modulating Pulse) technology differs from a regular TENS unit as it uses wave patterns and frequencies that change automatically to prevent the body from adapting to the therapy. This is the main difference between DR-HO’S TENS products and similar devices on the market. 

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Are There Side Effects for Using TENS and EMS for Muscles?

While using an EMS and TENS unit to relieve muscle pain is safe, it’s important to understand that misuse can lead to unwanted side effects: 

  1. Skin irritation
  2. Uncomfortable muscle twitching
  3. Uncomfortable tingling sensation

To clarify, muscle twitching and tingling are normal during TENS therapy when it feels comfortable. However, if the muscle feels uncomfortable or painful, you may be misusing the unit.

Stay informed! Learn how to use a TENS machine properly here: 


Relax and Relieve Your Muscle Pain with DR-HO’S

If you’re suffering through any of the situations below, using the Pain Therapy System Pro could be an effective way for you to manage your pain, stimulate your muscles and find the relief you need to get on with your day. 

  1. Constant pain in the neck, back, joints, shoulders, legs, feet as a result of a chronic physical ailment. 
  2. Poor circulation
  3. Weak, sore, tense muscles
  4. Muscle spasms
  5. Loss of range of motion due to an injury, condition or illness 

Don’t let pain get in the way of living! Discover the benefits of DR-HO’S drug-free, non-invasive TENS and EMS relief today.

Remember: always talk to your physician about a new course of treatment or relief for any condition.  


More Information on DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System Pro

  1. TENS Machine: This is Everything You Need to Know
  2. Dr. Ho's Pad Placement Charts
  3. DR-HO'S TENS Buyer's Guide: An Introduction to TENS Therapy
  4. Can You Use a TENS Machine While Sleeping
  5. How to Choose a TENS Machine.
  6. What is a TENS Machine?
  7. How Do TENS Machines Work?
  8. TENS Machine Side Effects: Is TENS Therapy Safe?
  9. What Is the Difference between EMS and TENS Therapy?
  10. Do TENS Units Really Work?
  11. What Conditions are TENS Machines Used For?
  12. Best TENS Machine: How to Find the Best Price, Quality, & Machine
  13. TENS Machine Reviews: Customer Reviews on DR-HO'S TENS Machines
  14. How to Use a TENS Machine - And How to Know You’re Using It Properly
  15. How to Use TENS for Muscle Recovery
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