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Not what i was expecting.
TENS Pain Relief Unit
Member Name: xxsaxonyxx
TENS Pain Relief Unit
Advantages: hire one fairly cheaply from Boots.
Disadvantages: I didnt really work for me.
I used the Tens machine for the labour of my first child and i have to say i was unimpressed.
It works by simulating your nerves with electrical pulses using four sticky pads placed on certain parts of your back.
In the instructions it advices to put the pads on as soon as you feel that you are in labour, adjust the power at which you feel comforatable at.
Starting from a low volume you press a button each time you feel a contraction come on, this increases the force of the pulses.
At a low setting the electric pusles feel fine, like a tingling sensation or if you can imagine rain pattering on a window.
As your labout gets more painful you up the volume of the pads and continue to press the button on contractions.
To be quite honest when i turned the pack up i felt that the buzzing sensation was now becoming very annoying and having to click the button everytime i had a contraction was becoming a chore. To add to all of that i didnt actually feel as though i was getting any relief at all from my contractions.
I was in a lot of pain and decided to try a bath, unfortunatly i read on the instructions that if you take the pads off for any length of time they will not really be able to help after putting them back on.
I weighed this up and decided on the bath which as it turned out was much more relaxing and comforting that the constant drumming, buzzing feeling in my lower back.
I realise that everybody is different and have spoken to a number of woman that swear by theis little machines, some even still use them for menstral pain. I personally wouldnt recomend one, as i said before i found a warm bath more help.
Summary: A lot of hassle and no help.
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