TENS is becoming more advanced, with digital health capabilities
BOSTON– A large number of people use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) or Electrostimulation (EMS) devices for pain relief and recovery, according to a recent survey by connected health company BewellConnect.
The national survey of more than 1,000 consumers found that 47% of respondents managed pain and recovery with TENS, and that 90% of those who did reported the treatments were helpful.
“The survey results show that these therapies are more popular and pervasive than we expected,” said Olivier Hua, CEO of BewellConnect. “It also shows that interest in TENS and EMS technology is rising because consumers are more aware of the dangers of pain medications and are increasingly seeking drug-free alternatives.”
A TENS wearable medical device is designed to relieve pain with pulses that stimulate skin and nerve strands, blocking pain signals from the brain. EMS works by activating muscles through a comfortable stimulation and is typically used for muscle rebuilding and repair. Historically, TENS and EMS devices have been obtained through physical therapists and other health care providers, but the technology is now more widely available direct to consumer for at-home use.
The technology is also becoming more advanced, with digital health capabilities.
“A new generation of electrostimulation devices is now giving users more freedom to move thanks to the built-in wireless communications and intelligences for use with smartphone apps,” Hua said.
Advances in technology are making a big impact on the way home health care is being delivered today, with consumers driving more efficient solutions. In fact, the BewellConnect survey found that nearly 35% of respondents said that reducing visits to a health care provider would be their main motivation for using a TENS or EMS device.
“People want to play a greater role in their own pain management with drug-free alternatives and advances in mobile-connected health technologies are making that possible,” said Hua. “We predict that consumers in the future will manage their own health care to a much greater degree with the help of mobile apps that bring together their medical data, devices and professionals on one platform that is built around their needs.”