TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation involves sending short, low-voltage electrical impulses to a specific nerve through electrodes put on the skin to change the way neurons send signals and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. It is nerve stimulation is a pain-relieving therapy that employs an electrical current.

It needs the use of a TENS unit, a small handheld or tabletop device with thin wires connecting it to adhesive pads. The electrodes, or adhesive pads, are put directly on your skin. The electrodes transfer low-voltage electrical signals to your body when the unit is turned on.

These signals' frequency and strength can be changed as needed. Pain control is disrupted by these signals.

TENS machines can help with a variety of conditions, including:

  • arthritis \fibromyalgia
  • Migraines and headaches
  • menstruation pain labor pain
  • surgery for sports injuries and nerve discomfort
  • incisions and wounds

On the other hand, Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a technique for causing a muscle to contract by administering tiny, low-voltage electrical impulses through electrodes inserted on the skin. It is an electrical stimulation technique that uses an electrical current to activate muscles in order to accomplish a certain result.

An EMS machine functions in a similar manner. Just like TENS, it also includes an electrical impulse generator that is coupled to electrodes implanted on your skin surrounding the muscle being treated. It also works by sending little electrical impulses to the muscle, which causes it to contract.

An EMS unit could be useful:

  • if you're working out while recovering from knee surgery
  • under supervision of a physical therapist
  • to improve muscle contractions

What’s the difference between the two?

TENS and EMS units are used for different things. They do, however, work on the same basis. Both of these entail the application of an electrical current to specific body parts.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) devices are designed to stimulate the muscles for the goal of strengthening and rehabilitating them, however, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machines are designed to stimulate the nerves only for the purpose of reducing pain.

What works the best for you?

TENS machines are used to treat chronic pain in the nerves, muscles, and joints, such as inflammatory arthritis, back pain, foot pain, contractions during labor, and post-operative pain. 

EMS machines, on the other hand, are used to relax or strengthen muscles in a variety of situations, including muscular spasms, poor blood, muscle atrophy following an illness, and injury rehabilitation. As a result, they're more frequently advised for muscle pain alleviation.

We offer products with both TENS and EMS that will surely help your muscle to relax, strengthen and lessen the pain. Check out our TENS & EMS devices here.