How to Choose a TENS Unit
TENS, or Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation, therapy is a drug- and surgery-free way to get relief from pain. TENS units deliver focused electrical currents directly to the part of your body that hurts, temporarily blocking the pain signals nerves are sending to your brain.
If you are ready to give TENS therapy a try, you probably wonder how to choose a TENS unit. After all, there are plenty to choose from, and the options can be overwhelming.
How to Choose a TENS Unit
First, narrow down your list to a few devices. To do that, ask yourself some questions:
- Does a wired or wireless device suit your needs better?
- Do you need adjustable levels of control to increase or decrease intensity?
- Would you like to operate your device via Bluetooth from a smartphone, and track your treatments?
- Do you need a device that can treat multiple areas of the body, or just one?
- What’s your budget?
- Do you want a device that can be worn discreetly, to the office, gym, or golf course?
By answering those questions, you can identify your must-have features before you purchase a TENS unit.
If your pain fluctuates, or you’ll share a device with a family member who may want stronger or weaker treatment, you’ll need a TENS unit with variable intensity controls. The controls will allow each user to customize their treatments. Most units have this feature, but the intensity strengths and ranges differ. Make sure you look before you buy.
There is no longer any reason to go with a wired device that literally keeps you trapped by a power outlet. Many wireless options let you wear the unit all day, activating it as needed at your desk, the grocery store, or while you’re driving. Some wireless units also feature Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to control the unit from an app on your smartphone or other smart device, as well as track treatments.
One of the great advantages of TENS units like the WiTouch Pro is their slim profile. Our TENS unit can be worn invisibly underneath all but the most form fitting clothing. Coupled with its Bluetooth connectivity to our smartphone app, the unit can be activated without drawing attention to its presence.
Length of Treatment
Most TENS units come with pre-determined treatment durations. Be sure to get a unit with presets that meet your needs.
This comparison chart can also help you choose a TENS unit by comparing features like price, warranty, shipping options, and the cost of replacement pads.
Consider the WiTouch Pro
The WiTouch Pro includes many of the features users of TENS units find helpful. It’s fully wireless and battery operated. The low profile allows it to be worn all day, during various activities. It connects via Bluetooth to our smartphone app for simple activation and control. And it includes variable intensity settings that can be adjusted to the level of pain relief you need.