Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): Research to support clinical practice

Paperback | April 6, 2014

byMark I. Johnson

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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a technique that delivers mild electrical currents across the intact surface of the skin to reduce pain. TENS is used by practitioners throughout the world to manage painful conditions and TENS equipment can be purchased by the generalpublic so that they can self-administer treatment. There are thousands of experimental and clinical research studies published on TENS and related techniques yet there is uncertainty about the best way to administer TENS in clinical practice. This is because currents used during TENS can beadministered in a variety of ways and the findings of research studies have been inconclusive. This book provides guidance on how best to use TENS based on an evaluation of current research evidence. The book covers what TENS is, how it works, and safe and appropriate clinical techniques for many conditions including chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis and cancer pain. It also offerssolutions to the problems faced by researchers when trying to design clinical trials on TENS.Accessibility written, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) provides a comprehensive coverage of research issues and findings about TENS and will essential readings for healthcare professionals, practitioners and students.

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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a technique that delivers mild electrical currents across the intact surface of the skin to reduce pain. TENS is used by practitioners throughout the world to manage painful conditions and TENS equipment can be purchased by the generalpublic so that they can self-administer treatmen...

Mark I. Johnson is Professor of Pain and Analgesia at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199673276

ISBN - 13:9780199673278

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. TENS for pain management3. TENS equipment, techniques and biophysical principles4. Appropriate electrode sites and electrical characteristics for TENS5. Contraindications, precautions and adverse events6. Evaluating TENS on a new patient - the supervised trial7. Practicalities of using TENS for specific conditions and situations8. Clinical research on the efficacy of TENS9. Mechanism of action of TENS10. The use of TENS for non-painful conditions11. TENS-like devices12. Future directions