What Precautions Do You Need to Take with TENS Use?
- It is not advisable to drive a vehicle or operate dangerous machinery whilst receiving TENS stimulation.
- Skin irritation from the treatment itself does not occur. However, certain skin types do react to the glue on the electrodes and, therefore, users should use hypoallergenic brands.
- Electrical stimulation should not be used on the front of the neck. Care must be used whentreating to avoid the immediate vicinity of the richly innervated carotid sinus. This can be dangerous.
- People who wear pacemakers should ask their doctors about whether TENS is safe for them. TENS can interfere with the operation of some types of pacemakers. It is inadvisable to use TENS if demand type pacemaker is fitted.
- It is not clear whether TENS is safe for pregnant women. You are advised to not use a tens machine in the first 3 months of pregnancy and after that, only after consulting with your obstetrician. A TENS machine can be used during labour to ease the pain associated with childbirth.
- TENS should not be used for undiagnosed pain.
- A TENS unit should not be immersed in liquid substances.