Labour TENS Machines: An Introduction
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a form of pain relief used during labour. Labour TENS machines are a non-invasive method that delivers low voltage electrical stimulation through electrodes placed on the skin to help relieve pain during childbirth.
How Do Labour TENS Machines Work?
The electrical stimulation from the TENS machine interferes with the pain signals that reach the brain. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, helping to reduce the sensation of pain. During labour, women can use the TENS machine by holding the small control unit in their hand and adjusting the intensity of the stimulation according to their comfort level.
Benefits of Using Labour TENS Machines
Non-invasive and drug-free: Labour TENS machines offer a natural alternative to pain relief during childbirth without the need for drugs that can have side effects on both the mother and the baby.
Safe and Effective: Labour TENS machines are considered safe and effective when used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Portable and Convenient: Labour TENS machines are lightweight and portable, making it possible to use them at home, in the hospital, or in any other birth setting.
Customisable: Labour TENS machines allow women to control the intensity of the stimulation, providing a customisable form of pain relief during labour.
Labour TENS machines offer a safe and effective option for pain relief during childbirth for women who are seeking a non-invasive and drug-free alternative. It is important to discuss the use of a labour TENS machine with your healthcare provider to ensure that it is appropriate for you and to receive proper instruction on its use.
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