In America, 1.3 million people know the terms RA, autoimmune, spoonies, and most commonly… pain. They are the large community of people affected with rheumatoid arthritis disease. There are many medications and treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), drugs, diets, exercise routines, acupuncture, hot & cold therapy, etc. And all have the potential to work and provide successful outcomes, but since we are all individuals, some might work for a certain group of people and not for others, even if they present the exact same symptoms. And here is where an alternative TENS treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can be of great help to reduce and even prevent these painful flare-ups.
First, let’s start by defining, in short, what RA is and how it can affect anyone. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic progressive autoimmune disorder, which in layman’s terms means, the body doesn’t recognize certain parts of it and therefore attacks them with its immune system, either cells or tissues, and chronic, well... it’s a pretty obvious answer. These “self-attacks” don’t have a known trigger -at least none discovered by researchers- and they mostly affect joints, causing the common attacks known as “flare-ups”, a really strong acute pain.
To help prevent or lessen the pain is the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy or TENS therapy. It is a non-invasive treatment that controls the pain and reduces the need for medication. It gives the affected joint a modest pulse of electricity and this numbs the nerve ending in the area causing it to calm the pain and have a sense of relief.
There’s many types, shapes and sizes of TENS units
but they all provide the same basic treatment that interrupts pain by hitting the affected nerves with small electric pulses through the electrodes that you place strategically on the pain area. You can even carry it with you to apply whenever you’d like, or whenever prescribed by your practitioner.
Electrode placement is also an important aspect of TENS therapy, it will determine a successful and prompt pain relief. To find out more on electrode placement, checkout Discount Medical Supplies’ electrode placement infographic
Oh and by the way, for those who might still be wondering what they mean…
RA = Rheumatoid Arthritis
Autoimmune: when an organism fails to recognize its own parts, in this case the human body, therefore leading to an immune response against its own tissues and cells.