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What are the risks with a TENS machine?

What are the risks with a TENS machine?

With any medical device or procedure, there are some associated risks, but compared to most options, the list really isn't that long.

The only recorded risk when the machine is being used as specified in the manual is an allergic reaction to the gel on the electrode pads. 

In your manual, there are some contraindications that you need to keep in mind when and where you use a TENS machine. The following are some contraindications in terms of when and where you shouldn't use a TENS machine:

  • Pregnant women should avoid using TENS in the abdominal and pelvic regions or before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • People with epilepsy: Applying electrodes to the head or neck of people with epilepsy may induce seizures.
  • People with heart problems
  • People with a pacemaker or another type of electrical implant
  • TENS electrodes shouldn't ever be placed on the face, head, or throat.

It is important to read the manual and contraindications to ensure you can safely use this machine. If you want to confirm this before you purchase, the manuals can be found on the listings on our website. It is also important when using any medical device to discuss with your doctor first as they can consider your individual circumstances when confirming if it is safe to use.

Follow our page for more information and updates about TENS machines. If you want to learn more about using a TENS machine for your condition, talk to your doctor or physiotherapist.

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