Essential Information on Pain Relief As you know, too much of anything is not good. This also applies to the use of drugs for pain relief. Pain medication is highly addictive. Being too dependent on drugs is also not good for your body. Because of this fact, many people with chronic pain are now turning to electronic machines or devices for pain relief. If you don't want to feel any side effects from the use of pain reliever drugs and avoid the chances of addiction, the best option is these devices. Such digital machines are convenient because once they are in use, the pain relieving action takes effect. It has no effect on your routine activities. Have you ever about the effectiveness of TENs? TENs or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation works through your skin. In order to use it, you will put the patch on the skin area where you feel any pain. This conductive patch will serve as the entry point of the electrical impulses from the TENs machine. Your brain tells you that you're in pain. The electronic impulses from the machine block the sensory nerves of your body; the pain signals cannot go to the brain. With the pain signals blocked, you will not feel any pain; this results in pain relief. The machine generates signals that aid in the release of 'feel good' hormones or endorphins. If you suffer from the common ailment of chronic back pain, you can try using the machine. According to a Swedish study, the machine really works. In fact, about 70% of the workers in the study reported pain relief from the TENs. The newer TENs kits come with an electrical probe which stimulates the acupuncture points of your body. The machines always come with cautions. Users know where to put the pads. For neck and head pain, you should follow the machine instructions to determine the acupuncture points or the channels. Read the manual carefully, so that you won't encounter any problems. For the machine to be effective, you proper positioning of the electrode pads is imperative. If you're suffering from joint or muscle pain, place the pads near the pain source. For those suffering from nerve pain (sciatic), position the pads over the sides of the spinal column and the leg's top portion. Consult your medical specialist and ask about the machine. Many medical practitioners encourage the use of TENs. They can help you in effectively using the equipment. Proper placement of the electrode pads is vital. Always follow the guidelines of the manufacturer for the best results. Keep in mind, avoid placement of the electrode pads over the brain/neck/throat nerves, as well as near your eyes . The machine allows users to control the electrical signals received by the body. You should always check the settings of the machine. Muscle twitching is an indication the control setting is too high. Make sure that you feel only tingling sensations when using the TENs. Don't use the machine without the supervision of a qualified medical professional. You see, the machine does not relieve all pain conditions. Through expert help, you can determine if the TENs is the most suitable pain relief option for you. Ask your doctor now and if he recommends the use of the machine, you can always try it out.