Updated: Sep 5
If you've come in for chronic pain, odds are I have used the electrical stimulation (E-Stim) device on you. This involves clipping probes to the needles and sending electrical current through them and stimulating the tissue at specific acupuncture points.
Similar to E-Stim (aka percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or PENS), TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) devices are an effective non-pharmacological option for pain management. This includes menstrual cramps and migraines in addition to knee, back, or shoulder (musculoskeletal) pain.
How do they work? Check out this video to see the science behind how the Livia and other devices work to treat pain with TENS.
TENS units are class 2a medical devices that may be covered by your insurance. Medical devices can fall under different umbrellas in health insurance including (but not limited to): Health Aids and Appliances, Ancillary or Extras cover. Before placing an order, we suggest contacting your insurer and confirm your level of cover and how much you can claim.
The ones I recommend most to patients: