TENS Training Information
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Pathways for TENS in Labor Training
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What is TENS?
TENS stands for, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS is a safe, non-pharmaceutical method of pain control, and can be helpful for a women in labor.
A TENS unit is a hand-held, battery operated device that connects lead wires to four stimulating pads that are placed on the laboring woman*s back. It's electrical impulses stimulate nerve fibers just under the skin creating a prickly, or tingling type of sensation.
Studies have shown that women were less likely to use an epidural with the TENS unit, and were more likely to use one again in the future. A study that investigated the use of TENS for back pain in labor found that "Tens has a specific beneficial effect on pain localized in the back."
(Ref - Bundsen, et al , 1981; Carroll, et al, 1997; Thomas et al, 1988)
Most women who use a TENS in labor are likely to use the TENS for their next labor and birth. Like laboring in a tub, TENS is not going to work for everyone, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to offer it to every laboring mother?