TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. TENS delivers low-voltage electrical stimulation to your nerves via electrodes attached to your skin.
By delivering non-painful stimulation to the nerves surrounding your pain point, TENS can change how your brain responds to pain. TENS pain relief is also thought to be achieved by modified level of endorphins that are released as a result of the electrostimulation.
Support braces can be helpful for relieving pain in an injured or damaged area, whether that be from a chronic condition, from injury, or surgery. Support braces can reduce swelling and can be helpful in keeping joints stable and aligned so that no further pain is caused by unnatural movement or gait.1
Some support braces come in ready-made sizes. Others can be custom fitted to you. If you are just starting out with support braces, you may want to opt for a ready-made model to try it out first and see if you like it.
Massage is a superb way to relax and indulge in some self-care. It can also be a powerful tool for alternative pain management.8 You may choose to book an appointment with a massage therapist or engage in some self-massage at home. Massage can be performed with varying degrees of pressure. Keep in mind that a massage doesn’t need to be painful to be therapeutic. So, kick your feet up and enjoy.
Some studies have shown that yoga is effective at reducing pain, though the mechanisms that make this true remain unclear.1 No matter. If it reduces your pain, we like it!