FAQs

What is TENS?

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) works by passing mild electrical impulses through the skin, via electrode pads, into the nerve fibres which lie below.

The TENS pulses help your body produce its own pain killing chemicals, such as endorphins. The level of pain relief obtained varies from person to person.

Is TENS safe?

TENS is recognized as a safe and highly effective method of pain relief and is regularly recommended by medical professionals. 1 in 5 women in the UK use TENS in their labour.

How does Elle TENS work?

At the onset of labour, simply apply the four pads to your back as shown in the accompanying instructions and switch the TENS machine on. You will feel a pleasant pulsing sensation. This will help to raise the level of your own pain relieving chemicals known as endorphins. When experiencing a contraction, press the booster button for the extra surge of power needed to combat the pain. When the contraction ends, press the booster button again – it is that simple!

Everyone is different and some people may find that other analgesics are also needed during the later stages of labour.

When should I start using my Elle TENS/Elle TENS+/Obi TENS?

Use as early as you can after the onset of labour to allow time for your body’s pain killing chemicals to rise.

Can I  use the Elle TENS if I am considering a water birth?

Yes, but not in the water itself.

Can I use it with other methods of pain relief or medications?

Yes, TENS is drug-free. It can be used in conjunction with gas and air or pethidine or paracetamol.

Can I use the Obi/Elle TENS range after my birth?

Yes. Elle TENS and Obi machines have been cleverly designed for use after labour too. You can use your machine for:

  • shoulder pain from breast feeding
  • menstrual pain
  • back pain
  • after pains
  • post-operative pain following a caesarian section

What other conditions can our TENS machines be used to treat?

Our TENS machines (Elle TENS, Elle TENS+, Smart TENS and the Obi TENS ) can be used to treat numerous pain conditions such as back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, sciatica, sports injuries, migraine, period pain and post operative pain.

The Elle TENS+ can also be used for treating incontinence (NOT to be used during the 12 weeks following childbirth)

If you are unsure about using TENS please consult your medical adviser.

What are the main differences between the Elle TENS, Elle TENS+, and the Obi TENS?

The Elle TENS is the latest in digital technology. It has an integrated booster button and the ability to switch between two different burst and boost ranges at the touch of a button to ensure maximum pain relief.

The Elle TENS + is a 3-in-1 Unit. It is a state-of-the-art maternity TENS machine, for general pain relief after childbirth and a pelvic floor toner for after childbirth. The Elle TENS + also has a contraction timer.

The Obi TENS is digital, simple, versatile and perfect for those painful moments during labour. It is one of the most effective, portable, affordable TENS machines available today.

What is the SensaTone used for?

The SensaTONE is an ultra simple, yet powerful digital Pelvic Floor Stimulator (PFS). Compact, stylish and designed for use by women of all ages to help strengthen pelvic floor muscles.

How does the SensaTone work?

PFS helps to strengthen the pelvic floor by passing mild electrical pulses via an internal vaginal probe to contract and relax the pelvic floor muscles. Women with strong pelvic floor muscles enjoy greater control over their bladder, increased vaginal tone and greater sensation during intercourse. One in three women suffer from some form of incontinence during their lives. It occurs most commonly after childbirth.

Please note

A Pelvic Floor Stimulator (PFS) can NOT be used during pregnancy. You can use it from 12 weeks after the birth.
Do NOT use a PFS if you suffer from any urinary or vaginal infection.
Do NOT use a PFS at the same time as a barrier contraceptive device such as a diaphragm or cervical cap.
A PFS should NOT be used during a menstrual period.

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