Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition, with various joints becoming inflamed. The inflammation causes pain, stiffness, swelling and even loss of function. The problem lies with the protective sac which surrounds joints. The sac contains fluid which cushions joints and supplies nutrients and oxygen to cartilage. Inflammation of the protective sac gradually destroys collagen and cartilage, narrowing the joint space and damaging the bone.
In Progressive rheumatoid arthritis, damage is accelerated when sac fluid and inflamed cells accumulate to form thickened tissue. This tissue produces enzymes that destroy nearby cartilage, which in turn attracts more inflammatory cells, exacerbating the problem.
Can TENS help rheumatoid arthritis?
When treating the pain associated with Rheumatoid arthritis, TENS offers a powerful alternative to pain-killing drugs. It is non-invasive, fast acting, drug-free.
Pads are placed on or near the area of the arthritis pain. TENS sends soothing pulses via TENS electrodes through the skin and along the nerve fibers. The pulses suppress the arthritis pain signals to the brain. TENS also encourages the body to produce higher levels of its own natural pain killing chemicals i.e. endorphins and encephalins.
Elle TENS offers a range of TENS & EMS units to help including.
How does EMS differ from TENS?
The easiest way to tell the difference between TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and EMS is that TENS targets nerves to reduce pain, whereas EMS targets muscles to aid recovery.
TENS machines act to block pain signals reaching the brain and release endorphins to make you feel good. EMS machines on the other hand target specific muscles to reduce inflammation and force these muscles to fire when an injury may prevent you from using these muscles naturally. By keeping these muscles engaged they will not lose strength (atrophy) so you can return to normal activity and performance sooner.
Key Benefits of an EMS Machine
An EMS machine has many benefits to your muscles. It can:
- Relax the muscle
- Minimise muscle inflammation
- Prevent atrophy of the muscle
- Speed up muscle healing
- Stimulate muscle growth
“EMS is the fastest growing area of the fitness industry”
EMS or TENS machines what do I need?
TENS machines are used to relieve chronic nerve, muscle or joint pain including inflammatory arthritis, back pain, foot pain, contractions during childbirth, or post-operative pain. A migraine can also be relieved by specialised TENS machines.
EMS machines, on the other hand, are used to relax or strengthen the muscles, for example in cases of muscular spasm, poor blood circulation (particularly in the back and nape of the neck), muscle atrophy after an illness or as part of rehabilitation from an injury. They are therefore more often recommended for the relief of muscle pain. Athletes also sometimes use EMS in order to recover from an injury more quickly, as electrical muscle stimulation will enable them to rebuild muscle without too much strain and to exercise muscles that they may not use very much.
3-in-1 Combo TENS, EMS & Massage
The elletens 3-in-1 Combo device offers both TENS and EMS in one single unit along with a relaxing massage function. If you suffer from ongoing pain and also need to help with rehabilitation from a recent injury (or are injury prone) this device could be a great addition to your pain relief and rehabilitation program.
Our devices with EMS capability
Strengthen, tone and repair for complete rehabilitation.