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Why a TENS Unit is Not a PEMF Device

Why a TENS Unit is Not a PEMF Device

Many rely on the TENS unit once they experience a muscle strain or pain, but it isn’t the same as a PEMF device.

Although they are often referred to as cousins they are still quite different.

Each device has its own unique properties, and they each serve their own purpose.

Why do so many believe they are the same type of therapy?

Learning the basics of PEMF therapy and how these devices work can dispel the myths of what each device does, and how they work.

Today, this article is going to give you a more in-depth look at the TENS unit, and how it differs from a PEMF device.

The Purpose of a PEMF Device

If someone were to ask you what a PEMF device is, how would you respond?

The proper definition, as given by Wikipedia is this:

The original PEMF devices consisted of a Helmholtz coil which generated a magnetic field. The patient’s body was placed inside the magnetic field to deliver treatment. Today, the majority of PEMF wellness devices resemble a typical yoga mat in dimensions but are slightly thicker to house several flat spiral coils to produce an even electromagnetic field. A frequency generator is then used to energize the coils to create a “pulsed” electromagnetic field.

There are now numerous devices on the market, just as there are now more TENS units on the market as well.

However, these two devices are quite different.

A TENS unit is described as the following by Wikipedia:

ranscutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS or TNS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS, by definition, covers the complete range of transcutaneously applied currents used for nerve excitation although the term is often used with a more restrictive intent, namely to describe the kind of pulses produced by portable stimulators used to treat pain.

You have most likely seen the commercials with Magic Johnson for the Icy Hot devices. These deliver the Icy Hot therapy along with the TENS unit attached.

While these are much smaller, the size is not what makes it so different. a TENS unit is designed for stimulating muscles and nerves.

These can aid in reducing pain as well as stimulating nerves that have been damaged or pinched.

These are similar functions of what PEMF therapy can do for someone, but PEMF therapy is really a full-body therapy.

Those who are using PEMF therapy mats or rings may be using these to reduce pain, but these devices will also reduce inflammation, help repair damaged cells, create healthy new cells, stimulate the neurons, and heal non-union fractures.

There are numerous other benefits of using a PEMF device that a TENS unit cannot deliver.

A few of the most popular benefits of using PEMF therapy include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Healing of skin conditions
  • Wound healing
  • Renewed energy

There are still many more, but the goal for this article is to show you just how different these devices are and why they serve different purposes.

Sports related injuries, whether they occur for a professional athlete or college athlete, a TENS unit is often used immediately to help stimulate the nerves and muscles for repair and better health of those nerves and muscles.

Clearly, these two devices are somewhat related, in that they are both considered electrotherapy.

However, if you were only to choose just ONE major difference or advantage of PEMF therapy over the TENS unit, what would it be?

Ultimately, PEMF therapy has the ability to directly stimulate cellular repair. A TENS unit does not have this capability.

Just as a TENS unit can induce an actual sensation, a PEMF therapy device does not have this ability. Using a PEMF device does not cause a sensation.

Therapy is painless and it is non-invasive, but some folks have reported that they begin to feel more relaxed after about five minutes of therapy.

When it comes to injuries of the muscles, will a PEMF therapy device supercede a TENS unit?

Why a PEMF Device is Preferred Long-Term

There is no doubt that a TENS unit has a viable purpose, especially when someone suffers a muscle or nerve injury.

However, this is generally best for the short-term.

Those who have extensive injuries will benefit more from a PEMF device.

Using a PEMF mat or ring can aid in healing in the blood stream as well as giving you a boost of energy.

The direct stimulation of cells and their repair from the pulsed electromagnetic field therapy offers a greater benefit.

A device that aids in healing of the entire body will always win out over the device that only impacts the muscles and nerves.

A TENS unit has always been preferred by those who want something portable, but PEMF devices have come a long way, and they now come in all shapes and sizes.

If you want to experience healing in your body along with renewed energy and better sleep, a “PEMF device” may be just what you need.

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