Way in the past I had a foot injury (think high school past!) from years of dance and through my rehab TENS was one of the treatments but it has been years.
What is TENS?
After a long run my calf and hip were tight and sore, as I sat writing part one of my thesis proposal I decided to give it a try. The pads were super easy to place and the unit was frazzled mom, grad student user friendly! In just a couple steps it was ready to go. I picked my intensity level (1-10) and method (settings for specific body parts or types of pressure).
I settled on intensity 4 and leg mode. about every 15-30 seconds the form of therapy changed for shorter bursts to deeper pressure and back. It was odd at first but I soon forgot I had it on. 15 minutes later the machine shut off and the pads easily came off, no sticky residue and the machine packed up easily. As I walked my calf felt less tight and when I later used on my hip I felt better after. It is small and easy to grab and go, I've used it a few times after a run while I waited to meet friends.
I have since used a few times to my hamstring/hip and it definitely decreased the pain level I had. It also helped to loosen the muscle. Matt also used it on his back and felt that it gave him some decrease in pain level too. Have you used a TENS unit? What did you think?
I'm excited to have another tool to add to my pile of running injury tools! Now off to see the chiro for Graston and acupuncture.
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*I was given the product for review and giveaway but all opinions are my own. Please check with medical provider before using a TENS unit.