New Method Can Maximize the Intensity of TENS Stimulus in Fibromyalgia Patients

New Method Can Maximize the Intensity of TENS Stimulus in Fibromyalgia Patients
A new protocol designed to maximize the intensity of the electrical stimulus used in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may benefit older and more anxious patients with fibromyalgia. These findings were reported in the study “Development of a method to maximize the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation intensity in women with fibromyalgia” that appeared in the Journal of Pain Research. TENS is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive therapy that has been proposed to treat patients who have chronic pain, including fibromyalgia. It uses electrical pulses to activate the opioid system in the peripheral and central nervous systems and alter the sensation of pain. Clinical trials have shown that TENS can reduce pain and the amount of pain medication needed, as well as improve function of patients with acute or chronic pain conditions. Although the effects of this alternative therapeutic method are still controversial, cumulative evidence suggests that the effectiveness of TENS depends mostly on the electrical frequency applied. While higher frequencies seem to be more efficient to manage pain, achieving the adequate TENS intensity can be a challenge as it is related to each patient’s pain severity, disease severity, or psychological variables. A team led by researchers at the University of Iowa looked at whether exposure to the full range of
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