The use of your TENS in childbirth is both very simple and easy to apply. You may begin to use the TENS from the start of your labor.
There are no side effects, because the TENS simply boosts your own body's natural pain relief mechanisms. Many women report that TENS enable them to stay at home for longer through the first stage of labor, therefore decrease their stay in hospital.
TENS does not influence the progress of labor, so be sure that you admit yourself in the time advised by your midwife. TENS can be useful after the baby is born, as delivery pains may take a little time to settle after labor.
Electric myostimulation has proven its high value as a method of pain therapy and is a great help to the experienced therapist.
With some indications, physicians can prescribe unit to patients for the use at home.
The unit is a dual-Channel electric stimulator for active treatment application, which is equipped with a Liquid Crystal Display indicating operation modes and output as well as an 8-bit micro computer for controlling the system.
The electronics of the unit create electric impulses: the intensity, duration, frequency per second and modulation of these impulses can be adjusted through the button or knob.
INDICATIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS
Read the operation manual before using the device.
Observe your physician's precise instructions and let him show you where to apply the electrodes. For a successful therapy, the correct application of the electrodes is an important factor. Carefully write down the settings your physician recommended.
Indications for use
This device is a helpful device for pain relief during labor. The use of your TENS in childbirth is both very simple and easy to apply. You may begin to use the TENS from the start of your labor.
- Any electrode placement that applies current to the carotid sinus (neck) region.
- Patients with implanted electronic devices (for example, a pacemaker) or metallic implants should not undertake.
- Any electrode placement that causes current to flow transcerebrally. (through the head) The use of unit whenever pain symptoms are undiagnosed, unit etiology is determined.
- The use of TENS whenever pain syndromes are undiagnosed, until etiology is established.
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
- The device must be kept out of reach of children.
- Do not place electrodes on front of the throat. This may result is spasms of the laryngeal and pharyngeal muscles.
- Do not place the electrodes over the carotid nerve.
- The device is not effective for pain of central origin (headaches).
- The device may interfere with electronic monitoring equipment (such as ECG monitors and ECG alarms).
- Electrodes should not be placed over the eyes, in the mouth, or internally.
- These devices have no curative value.
- TENS devices should be used only under the continued supervision of a physician.
- TENS is a symptomatic treatment and as such suppresses the sensation of pain which would otherwise serve as a protective mechanism.
- Isolated cases of skin irritation may occur at the site of electrode placement following long-term application.
- Stimulation should be stopped and electrodes removed until the cause of the irritation can be determined.
- Effectiveness is highly dependent upon patient selection by a person qualified in the management of pain patients.
- If the device treatment becomes ineffective or unpleasant, stimulation should be discontinued until reevaluation by a physician/clinician.
- Always turn the device off before applying or removing electrodes.
- Skin irritation and electrode burns are potential adverse reactions.