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TENS – Natural Pain Relief Management

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a system that can be used during labour to provide pain relief during contractions and to assist with back pain during labour. It works by sending electrical pulses from a small portable unit that you hold or attach to your clothing, to electrode pads that stick to your skin on your back.

It helps by:

  • Providing a distraction during the contraction.
  • Stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relieving & ‘feel good’ substance.
  • The electrical pulses intercept and block the pain message from reaching the brain therefore “blocking” the pain.

Advantages:

  • TENS is simple and easy to use
  • Can be used at any stage of labour, and in particular is best used during early labour at home
  • You can continue to move around and mobilize as you please whilst using TENS
  • It is safe, non-invasive and does not cause any side effect to your baby
  • Can easily be turned off or removed at any point
  • You are in complete control of its use
  • Can also be used in conjunction with other medical forms of pain relief whilst you’re in hospital

Disadvantages:

  • You will need to pre-purchase or hire the TENS machine prior to labour as most hospitals do not provide TENS machines.
  • You will require someone to apply the pads to your back for you
  • You cannot use the TENS machine in water; therefore it must be removed should you wish to use the bath or shower during labour.
  • It may make massage of your lower back a little difficult as the pads cover a large portion of this area.

If you are interested in using TENS you can find detailed information as well as hire options at: www.tensaustralia.com.au

You can also email info@tensaustralia.com for more information.

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