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What is a TENS Machine? A Drug-Free Birth Option

What is a TENS Machine? A Drug-Free Birth Option

Are you looking for a drug-free way to manage pain during childbirth? A TENS machine might be just what you need. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a safe and effective way to alleviate pain without drugs.

How does it work? TENS machines use four electrodes that are placed on your back to deliver gentle electrical impulses that create a tingling sensation. These impulses stimulate your body's natural painkillers, called endorphins, which work on opioid receptors. It also floods your nervous system, which works on the pain gate control theory and reduces the pain signals that are able to reach your brain and spinal cord. It also helps by distracting your mind and giving you some control back.

The best part about TENS machines is that they are entirely controlled by you. You can use them as your only form of pain relief, or to keep you comfortable while waiting for further pain relief or use them simultaneously with some other pain relief options.

Using a TENS machine is straightforward. It comes with easy-to-understand instructions, and you can familiarise yourself with how to use it before birth. However, it is ideal to speak to your healthcare provider first and always read the provided manual.

TENS machines are considered a great option because they carry no risk for most people. However, some small considerations exist if you have some existing medical situations, which are detailed in the contraindications in the machine's manuals. If you’re considering using a TENS machine, talk to your healthcare provider first.

In conclusion, TENS machines are a great drug-free option for managing pain during childbirth. They are safe, effective, and easy to use. Follow us for more in-depth information about TENS machines and to answer all your questions about this fantastic technology.

You can hire a TENS machine for your birth here.

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