What is A TENS machine?

TENS stands for transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation. A TENS machine looks like a small box, containing a battery. It is attached to your body by leads and pads that are placed over your lower back. The TENS machine sounds out tiny electrical impulses that are thought to partially block painful impulses coming back into the spinal cord and up to your brain from, for example, the womb and cervix. TENS machines are excellent when used to help with the pain of early labour; they do not provide pain relief in the same way as, for example, an epidural would. If applied early enough, TENS is an effective form of pain relief that does not effect the baby, you can start to use it at home, and you can stay mobile while using it.
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