I have taken a DONA International TENS Training course and am now approved to assist my clients in applying and utilizing the TENS unit.
What is TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)?
Benefits of TENS in labor:
Reduction, but not elimination, of labor pain with…
Gate Control Theory of Pain: Pain awareness can be reduced by increasing innocuous (pleasant) stimuli, such as the tingling sensation from the TENS unit. The Endorphin Theory: Endorphins are the body’s own pain-relieving hormones. Laboring people already produce high levels of endorphins during labor and the TENS stimulation increases this level.
When to start using TENS: TENS should be started in early labor or at least before contractions become overwhelming and intense. This will also increase endorphin production at the appropriate time in labor.