TENS UNIT

TENS Unit- Included in your package, or as a stand alone service for $100.

I am TENS Unit certified through DoulaVersity, & include an Elle OB TENS unit rental with my doula packages!

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WHAT IS A TENS UNIT?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and provides a drug-free kind of pain relief. This can be used for all sorts of pain and is often used by women in early labour.
A TENS machine sends small, safe pulses of electrical current via leads to electrode pads which are held to your skin and held in place by a firm gel. The pulses pass through your skin and into your muscles and tissues. This gives you a gentle tingling or buzzing sensation. The intensity of pulses can be increased or lowered based on the pain being experienced.

THE GATE CONTROL THEORY

The TENS unit runs off of the Gate Control Theory which revolutionized how we think of pain, and how to treat it. It says that when certain nerves are stimulated (or touched by electricity), a gate mechanism is closed. "This causes the perception of pain to be muted. It was based on this theory that the TENS units of today were created. Modern TENS units produce a wide variety of electrical signals and impulses and can be adjusted to each person’s needs and ailments. TENS units have been effective for relieving acute and chronic pain caused by surgery, childbirth, migraine headaches, tension headaches, injuries, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, chronic wounds, cancer, neuropathy and other problems" (Doulaversity)

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WHY DOES A TENS UNIT REDUCE PAIN?

There are a number of factors that contribute to the pain relief offered by a TENS machine. These include:

  • Electrical pulses from a TENS machine prevent pain signals reaching the brain.

  • TENS pulses release natural feel-good substances call endorphins.

  • It helps you feel in control of labour and feel less anxious.

  • It offers a distraction from contractions.

TENS VS EMS UNITS

Most units you can find on Amazon "say" that they are TENS units, when in reality they are EMS units. Above is an example of the differences between TENS & EMS units as not all are safe for a pregnant woman about to give birth. The ELLE OB TENS Unit is specifically created & formulated for women to use during labor-which makes it easier & safer to use (& not to mention, much more expensive). You and your baby are of #1 importance to me, so I made sure to get the BEST & MOST SAFE unit on the market- & I've tried it myself for the birth of my daughter, so from firsthand experience I can tell you that it makes a HUGE difference.