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Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

TENS machines work in two ways: 1. On a high pulse rate of 90-130 Hz (the normal method of use), the electrical impulses generated by the TENS machine interfere with and block pain messages sent to the brain. This is due to the gate control theory of pain. This proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the brain and spinal cord nerves (the central nervous system). When the gate is open, pain messages get through to the brain and we feel pain. When the gate is closed, these pain messages are blocked and we do not feel pain. TENS...

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Unplanned home birth for Nikki

Unplanned home birth for Nikki

Nikki had a wonderful unexpected home birth. With the help of TENS, her capable husband and a 111 operator, she did it! Here's Nikki's feedback... Thank you so so much for the TENS. It arrived just in time for our baby who arrived 3 weeks early. A quick labour which resulted in an unplanned home birth (with just my husband to help deliver and 111 on speakerphone) meant the TENS was my only form of pain relief. It was amazing and the boost button really helped with the contractions. I can’t believe I had my baby with just the TENS...

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"This was my dream birth"

This was my second pregnancy and after a lengthy and complicated birth with my first I was fairly apprehensive as my due date approached.  My midwife recommended trying a TENS machine this time around and passed on Natal care as the service to get it through - my gosh I am glad she did!  My waters broke at midnight and I had regular but very mild tightenings through to the morning. At around 7am we were heading out to drop off the toddler to her Nans and I put the TENS machine on. It was great advice to start using...

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Danielle shares her beautiful birth story and talks about the pain relief methods that worked for her

Danielle shares her beautiful birth story and talks about the pain relief methods that worked for her

I would love to share my birth labour story with you and tell you able the pain relief methods that helped me through. My labour  progressed slowly with a long latent phase on Thursday until it ramped up on Friday afternoon. I began using the TENS machine & it helped me immensely. I really loved how the TENS helped me mentally; it gave me something else to focus on & helped draw the pain away from the contractions. In addition it assisted my breathing (hypno-breathing) and really helped me get into the zone. At 2am on Saturday (48hrs later) my contractions were at...

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Chloe talks to us about how her labour started & progressed and how she managed through the contractions

Chloe talks to us about how her labour started & progressed and how she managed through the contractions

Talk to us about how your labour started and progressed and how you managed through the contractions. I started feeling some niggles at around 2am and asked my husband to put the TENS pads on my back just in case they got worse. He then began recording my contractions down. At around 5am the contractions were a minute long and 3 minutes apart and my midwife arrived to tell me I was 4cm dilated and needed to head towards the birthing centre before traffic started. I would not have been able to get through the car ride without the TENS...

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