The Difference between a TENS Unit and EMS Unit | All Star Medical

The Difference between a TENS Unit and EMS Unit | All Star Medical

Over the years customers have chatted with us online and one of the main questions we get is what's the difference between a TENS Unit and and EMS Unit.

Tens stands for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and involves the use of low-voltage electric currents to treat pain.

How does a TEN unit help?

This technology may seem complicated, so we wanted to break it down for you so you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. TENS works by releasing subtle electrical impulses that intercept the pain signal from the brain, therefore eliminating the feeling of pain while you use the system. As a practice that has been used for over 30 years, this is a safe way to get reliable relief when you need it the most.

How does an EMS unit help?

EMS stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) machines and are designed to stimulate the muscles for the purposes of strengthening and rehabilitating them. EMS devices are used to “jumpstart” muscle contractions otherwise known as neuromuscular re-education.

Are they safe?

If you have a heart condition, you should talk with a healthcare provider before using a TENS or EMS machine. These devices may also interfere with:

  • pacemakers
  • defibrillators
  • similar devices

If you are treating Pain the TENS Unit will work for you but if you are recovery from a surgery such as knee surgery the the EMS will help contract the muscles that need the most help.

Here are some symptoms and what is recommended for them.

Relieves Back PainXX
Muscle BuildingX
Muscle CrampsX
Injury RecoveryXX
Muscle SpasmsXX

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you need a prescription for a TENS UNit or an EMS Unit?

Answer: While some do the Ireliev system we carry does not and you can order by clicking here Wireless TENS+EMS.

Can I adjust the intensity?

Answer: Yes, since pain is subjective, all iReliev devices provide adjustable intensity allowing you to customize your therapy as to whatever feels comfortable for you.

28th Oct 2021 Kevin Brown

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