Why Choose between TENS and EMS
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is not all that different from Electronic Muscle Stimulation. Both technologies use electrical current to send impulses to the nerves. However, each type of therapy targets different nerve endings. EMS devices stimulate motor nerves, and TENS units work on sensory nerves. In addition, both forms of stimulation use electrodes attached to the skin to apply their particular healing and relieving properties.
EMS establishes a cycle of stimulation, contraction, and relaxation that loosens fibers and improves circulation, promoting passive exercise and growth of injured muscles. Dual isolated channels guarantee that the low frequency electrical current is uniformly distributed over the areas that are to be treated. The use of EMS machines is widespread in both hospitals and sports clinics for the purpose of rehabilitating muscles and preventing disuse atrophy. The Twin Stim 2nd Edition unit features EMS technology that helps to achieve the goals stated above, but that’s not all it does. It also has the ability to be used as a TENS device. Let’s take a more in-depth look at how TENS works, much like we just did with EMS.
TENS therapy is based on several different stimulation intensities and treatment modes. All of that is aimed at relieving both chronic and acute pain, specifically of the joints and muscles. TENS is also recommended for pain stemming from post-surgery recovery. Probably the greatest benefit of TENS treatment is that it doesn’t involve drugs, which often produce nasty side effects. Even acupuncture has to do with needles, which most people are terrified of. TENS is painless and comfortable and has few and mild adverse effects in the worst case scenario. As we mentioned, the Twin Stim 2nd Edition includes a TENS mode.
So does that mean that this pain management unit is a TENS and an EMS device at the same time? The answer to that question is a resounding yes. As a result, the answer to the question that the title of this article posed is that you don’t have to choose between TENS and EMS. You may not need both technologies at a given time, but the fact is that you can avail of the two of them, should you ever require one of the other. You can always choose to buy only a TENS unit, or only an EMS device, but isn’t it a comforting thought to know that the Twin Stim 2nd Edition exists?