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TENS for arthritis pain

The so-called rheumatic diseases, also known as rheumatism for short, comprise many different symptoms. All these have in common that patients suffer from severe, prolonged pain. The terms...

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The so-called rheumatic diseases, also known as rheumatism for short, comprise many different symptoms. All these have in common that patients suffer from severe, prolonged pain. The terms rheumatism or rheumatism go back to the ancient Greek word "ῥεῦμα" (pronounced: reuma). The most common form of rheumatism is rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory disease of the joints. Very often the finger or toe joints are affected, but other joints in the hands, shoulders, feet, knees, shoulders or hips can also be affected. In so-called monoarthritis, only one joint is painfully inflamed. If two to four joints are affected, this is called oligoarthritis. If more than five joints are affected, the disease is called polyarthritis.

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The cause of arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissue at the joints. The causes of the various rheumatic diseases are not exactly known. In the past, it was assumed that "rheumatism" could have psychosomatic causes. Nowadays, RA is thought to be associated with viral diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, Epstein-Barr and rubella, or bacterial infections such as tuberculosis (TBC) or Whipple's disease. Environmental toxins and smoking may also have an impact.

Rheumatism may also be genetically determined. On average, three times as many women as men are affected. The disease often occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. The immune system then attacks the connective tissue in the joints, causing inflammation that can lead to the degradation of cartilage and bones. During the night, the joints swell because more inflammatory substances, the messengers of the immune system, are released. In the morning, the patients suffer from the so-called morning stiffness. Many sufferers report that the discomfort, pain and stiffness increase when the weather is cold and damp. But also weather changes and changes in air pressure can lead to a deterioration of the general condition.

TENS for pain treatment of arthritis

In conventional therapy, the pain of the affected person is treated with strong drugs that have both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin or piroxicam, so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These and other anti-inflammatory drugs often have severe side effects. An alternative to NSAIDs is the treatment of pain with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Stimulation of the nerves with stimulation current inhibits the transmission of pain impulses to the brain. Pain can significantly be reduced thanks to the TENS treatment.

TENS treatments made easy with the TENS devices from axion

The TENS devices from axion are easy to handle. Self-adhesive electrodes connected to a small portable TENS device are placed near the painful joints. The electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin to the pain-conducting nerve fibres. During the treatment, the current is felt only as a tingling sensation on the skin. Apart from that, the stimulation current treatment with TENS has basically no side effects. The portable TENS devices from axion are small and lightweight and can be worn discreetly under clothing and easily fastened with a sturdy belt clip.

TENS device application

TENS EMS Combo Device STIM-PRO X9

Program P09 and/or P11 is usually used here.

Find out more about the Application with the STIM-PRO X9

TENS Device STIM-PRO T-400

Program P09 and/or P11 is usually used here.

Find out more about the Application with the STIM-PRO T-400

Please note: The amperage should be set so that it is perceived as a pleasant tingling sensation. The duration of the application should be approx. 40 minutes in order to achieve a lasting reduction in pain. It is also useful to change the programs from time to time.

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