If you suffer from the pain of sciatica, you may be wondering if a TENS unit can be used for sciatica pain relief? The answer is yes. TENS can relieve sciatica pain—even the radiating, and often-times debilitating, shooting pains that patients can experience. It is a safe, non-addictive pain relief alternative that could help you reduce discomfort and gain some mobility from sciatica.
If you suffer from sciatica pain, you know exactly how uncomfortable it can be. The radiating pain that can be hot or throbbing and causes discomfort throughout your lower and upper back, in the buttocks, as well as down your legs to your feet and ankles.
However, there is no reason to continue to suffer—even if you have tried painkillers and medications and had no results. Using a TENS unit for sciatica pain offers relief that is safe, non-addicting, and many times is more effective than traditional remedies. You can also use the therapy at home or on the go, it is available anytime you need it.
Zarifa has built the most technologically advanced wearable massagers on the market: The TENS PRO V and TENS PRO VI. These wearable massage machines are equipped with both TENS and EMS technology. This dual technology is revolutionary and can help you recover and heal without turning to harmful and addictive prescription medications.
The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) portion transmits a low-voltage electrical current to interrupt and block nerve signals before they get to your brain. The EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation) portion provides the type of stimulation you expect from a massager and reduces muscle spasms while increasing blood circulation, breaking up lactic acid, stimulating muscle fiber, and re-educating your muscles.
You can find separate TENS units and EMS units. However, pairing these technologies together delivers superior medical benefits and can help you through rehabilitation so you can recover faster. For chronic pain sufferers, having one unit simplifies life and makes it more enjoyable.
What is Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica is a condition in which pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve, which then causes pain at the site of the pressure, down the back and may even spread into the legs and ankles. Your Sciatic nerve extends from the back down the legs, and when it becomes inflamed or impacted, pain radiates from the area around the nerve.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by several conditions including a herniated disc or stenosis. Herniated discs protrude out from the vertebrae in the back and the tough, fibrous material in the disc then pushes against the sciatic nerve. This pressure makes pain to shoot down the legs and into the buttocks.
When discs bulge, they create pressure on the sciatic nerve which in turn causes the sciatic nerve pain.
What Else Can Be Done to Relieve Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain can be quite difficult to relieve. This type of pain is very unpleasant, and it is typically chronic. If a herniated disc is causing the sciatica pain, whenever the disc becomes more inflamed due to exercise or even everyday activity, the pain can intensify. In these cases, keeping activity to a minimum can reduce flare ups.
Physical therapy could also help strengthen the back muscles, which may limit how much the disc is inflamed as a result of activity. It is critical to always consult your doctor and physical therapist about a therapy routine for sciatica and any other back problem.
Something as simple as sitting can also aggravate a herniated disc. Avoid sitting for long periods of time, or when you do need to sit, make sure to get up and walk around every half hour or more if possible. Sitting places all the pressure on the discs in the back, which then further aggravates the sciatica condition.
How Can a TENS Unit Relieve Sciatica Pain?
TENS units send a low-voltage electrical pulse to your skin and this pulse can do two things. First, it stimulates your nerves and moves across your skin, causing the production of endorphins, a natural pain killer your body produces. It can also confuse or misdirect pain signals, or even block them from entering your nervous system where the pain signal is actually felt and causes discomfort.
When the TENS unit sends these electrical pulses through your body, it can reduce the pain you are feeling from sciatica, giving you relief from the discomfort.
Using a TENS Unit for Sciatica Pain Relief
Using a TENS machine for sciatica is pretty straightforward and similar to how you would use it for many other types of pain. To start the TENS therapy, you’ll have to apply oxygen sensor pads (which come with your portable TENS unit) to your body. These pads are small and light, and they easily fit under your clothes for full discretion. Our proprietary oxygen pads combine with silver circuits, delivering precise and controlled high-powered neurostimulation.
You have a lot of options when it comes to deciding which pain therapy you’d like to enjoy. The PRO V has 12 pain therapy options, and the PRO VI has 18 pain therapy options. These include:
Adjust the unit until you feel pain relief. It may take several tries and different settings until you find the right frequency to ease your specific pain. Positioning the oxygen pads properly on specific areas of your lower back can better ease the pain.
Where do you place electrodes to relieve sciatica pain?
The oxygen pad placement is critical when using TENS therapy to relieve sciatica pain. For best results position them on your lower back near the specific area of pain. Adjust the settings as necessary and move the oxygen pads around as needed to achieve the best relief from your pain. You should begin to feel relief almost immediately after you have achieved the right settings and pad placement.
Zarifa’s wearable TENS units are safe to use for all-day pain relief. With a sleek design, you can easily slip both the TENS PRO V and TENS PRO VI into your pocket, purse, or belt loop so you can get drug-free pain relief day and night.
Zarifa has made the best portable TENS unit on the market. You’ll notice a difference in how your body and mind feel after the end of a long day when you use a Zarifa massager equipped with TENS and EMS technology.