The lower back is one of the most common parts of your body to experience stiff and sore muscles. Your lower back is vulnerable to poor posture from sitting at a desk all day, to sports-related injuries, and to the general aches and pains that come with aging. While lower back pain is common, it doesn’t mean that you need to suffer from back pain without treating it. That’s where the incredible benefits of TENS on your lower back come in. TENS and EMS therapy are growing in popularity among athletes, physical therapists, and everyday users who want to find a better way to manage muscle pains and aches. Here’s what you need to know about using a device on your lower back.
What Is a TENS Unit?
A TENS unit, or a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), is a device that uses quick vibrations and electrical pulses to help your body manage the aches and pains caused by everything from sciatica pain to sports injuries. These are perfectly safe to use. Each vibration or electrical pulse sends a signal to your brain that disrupts pain signals which make them an effective pain management device. TENS and EMS devices vary widely on the size and features. At HiDow you can find the perfect device for you.
Best Practices for Using TENS
When you are using a device for your lower back you want to be sure that you are following the best practices. While TENS/EMS devices are safe, you still need to be careful when using them. Failure to follow the best practices can result in harming yourself by accident. Follow these steps to ensure that you use your device correctly:
Check With Your Doctor First
It’s recommended that you always check with your doctor before doing anything that may affect your body. This is true whether you are starting a new diet, a new workout regimen, or even picking up a TENS device for the first time. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not you should be avoiding TENS/EMS because of a previously existing condition.
Try Out Different Intensity Levels
Once you’re using your TENS device, you will find that there are a ton of different modes and settings to choose from. In fact the Pro Touch 6-12 has 6 output channels and 12 different modes. That can be overwhelming, but remember to start with the lowest setting and work your way up as you get used to each setting.
Keep an Eye on the Time
Finally, be sure to keep an eye on how long you are using the TENS device on your lower back. You can choose to use it for 15, 30, or 45 minutes at a time but be sure to not overdo it. Like anything else in excess, using a TENS device for way too long can cause you to be irritated.