Muscles aches and pains can interfere with your daily activities, especially when they are common occurrences. With electrotherapy devices, you can address discomfort associated with many types of injuries and conditions at home. CVS carries everything that you need for at-home electrotherapy. In addition to TENS units and other electrotherapy systems, you can find essential supplies like electrode pads available to buy online.
Electrotherapy is a type of therapy used to address pain in a certain area like the back or legs. At home, electrotherapy is typically performed with a device called a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit. TENS units emit an electrical current that creates a tingling sensation that stimulates the nerves and the muscle cells. Studies have shown that when used regularly, TENS units may reduce swelling and alleviate pain. There is also some evidence to suggest that electrotherapy can aid in the healing process following surgery or an injury.
Electrode pads are an important part of a TENS system. The pads are soft pieces of fabric that have adhesive on one side and a metal connection on the other. When you're ready to use your TENS unit, you place the sticky side of the electrode pad on the desired area and then attach the wires of the TENS unit to the other side. The current then flows through the wire into the electrode in the center of the pad. Then, it passes through your body. Over time, the adhesive on the pads rubs off and the fabric becomes worn. This indicates that it is time to replace the pads with a fresh set.
Some electrode pads are designed for use only with specific TENS unit models, while others can be used with a range of units or with any TENS system. You can read the product descriptions to learn more about the specifications and features of all of the pads currently available.
Before using a TENS unit or any other electrotherapy device at home, be sure to consult your medical provider. Your health care provider can determine if electrotherapy is the right way to address discomfort associated with your specific injury or condition and give you information about how to best incorporate electrotherapy into your overall treatment plan. To ensure optimal results and your safety, only use TENS units and electrode pads in accordance with the instruction provided by the manufacturer or a health care professional.