TENS therapy is used to decrease pain, commonly in conditions such as tendinitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuropathy and more. It involves delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that are attached to the skin either where pain is felt or at trigger points.
The electric current floods the nervous system, which reduces its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. Furthermore, TENS increases the body’s production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. The effect of TENS, then, is temporary pain relief.
While the scientific research has yielded inconsistent results on TENS, anecdotal reports indicate that it is a safe and useful complement to other therapeutic protocols. TENS units are compact, portable and battery powered, and easy to use whenever pain relief is needed. Treatment can be anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes, and can be administered daily.
When it comes to treating tennis elbow, however, TENS on its own is not recommended. While it offers pain relief, effects can wear off as soon as the treatment finishes, or may last up to 24 hours. But electrical stimulation alone does not help to heal the injured tendon or support long-term functional restoration. It merely serves as a short-term analgesic.
Therefore, the Fiix Elbow is better than TENS for efficient, effective tennis elbow treatment.