The aim of TENS machine is to reduce the intensity of period pains whilst allowing you to remain alert and in control. It also has the added bonus of promoting a feeling of wellbeing. Babycare TENS machines are excellent for this purpose.
The first step is to place two pairs of electrodes on the lower front and back of your abdomen as shown in the diagrams and instructions within page 17 of our booklet – “A Women’s Guide to Drug Free Pain Relief”. Set the treatment length and use the techniques as described there. The ear points can also be treated with your Stimplus or with acupressure as described at the bottom of page 17.
If you have a Stimplus unit you can also treat the body points as shown in the Stimplus Manual at Chart I ‘Menstrual Pain’ for 30 seconds on each point – don’t forget the hand points on the web space between the first finger and thumb.
Recent Research: Tugay N, et al. (2007) Effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
and interferential current in primary dysmenorrhea. Pain Med. 2007 May-Jun;8(4):295-300.
CONCLUSION: Both transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and interferential current appear to
be effective in primary dysmenorrhea.