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 There are a wide variety of Ten Pads available – How do you know which ones to buy?

Whilst having a large selection of replacement Tens pads to choose from can be an advantage, it can make it difficult to ensure that you are purchasing a quality product which provides value for money. Undoubtedly the majority of electrode pads offering competitive prices are from online vendors but the quality can vary hugely.

So how do you know which ones you should buy

We have identified some important indicators to look out for when searching for quality TENS electrode pads which can be helpful when making that buying decision.

REUSABILITY AND DURABILITY

The number of times the Tens pads can be effectively reused is a very good indicator of quality. With appropriate care more than 20 uses is very good although this is also dependent on other factors including condition of the skin, the duration of use and how the pads are stored when not in use. Cheaper quality Tens electrodes do not have the ability to be reused as many times as the higher quality ones. Therefore, although they may seem a bargain you should consider that you may need to buy more often so are not necessarily the most economical.  With regards to the stickiness of the gel on the back of the pads you are looking for the Goldilocks effect; that is the pads are adhesive enough to stay in place even whilst walking around, without movement or slippage but are not so sticky as to be difficult to remove from the skin and leave a residue.

COMFORT

Quality Tens electrode pads should be comfortable when in use. The best gels are water based as these tend to be more compatible with the skin and less likely to cause a reaction. Whilst some redness is normal after long term use of electrode pads, this should fade away after a few minutes. A good visual indicator as to the quality is the thickness of the gel and the pad itself. The thicker the gel and the pads indicates a higher quality pad which is less likely to cause an adverse reaction. The pads should not cause any burning sensation and offer effective pain relief when used with your Tens machine. As latex is a known allergen it is important to look for Tens pads which are latex free.

 

CONDUCTIVITY

How well the electrode pads conduct is significant when finding the best quality. Good conductivity means that the electrotherapy is delivered efficiently and distributed evenly. If your electrodes conduct more efficiently it allows you to use your Tens machine at a lower setting to achieve the same levels of pain relief, meaning less drain on the batteries. It is important that the electrode wire or stud connection is fitted securely onto the Tens pad as loose connections result in poor conductivity and electric shock like sensations.

 

PACKAGING

The professionally packaged pads not only promote the brand of the electrodes but can be an indicator as to the quality. In particular you should look for Tens pads which are contained in a factory sealed packet, these have a tamper proof perforation across the top so you can be assured you are receiving brand new, uncontaminated pads. Tens electrodes which carry the CE mark on the packaging have met European standards of quality. To ensure longevity of the pads look for a pack which is re-sealable and carries full care instructions to help prevent the pads from drying out. High quality Tens electrodes carry a long expiry date.

 

The above criteria are some examples of what to look for when considering which replacement Tens pads to buy. There may be other reasons which influence your buying decision which haven’t been mentioned here. If you would like to share what is important to you when choosing Tens electrode pads you can comment on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can complete our survey to be in with a chance to win a TENS machine with pad accessory bundle worth £40 RRP! Our winner will be picked on October 31st 2015.

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Pain Relief

Nowadays there are many recognised natural treatments for pain relief which can prove as effective as some traditional drug treatments. People with chronic pain can be reluctant to rely on drug treatments completely, as long term intake of painkillers can have unwanted side effects. Professionals who treat painful conditions such as Physiotherapists and Chiropractors have a wealth of specialist knowledge in this area and have been using complementary and alternative medicines to treat pain as standard for years. In my experience both Physios and Chiropractors tend to focus more on the causes of pain and the ongoing processes in the body which result in pain. This tends to result in improved outcomes as the underlying problem is tackled rather than the pain simply being controlled or muted. Having said that, it is important to have any new pain diagnosed by a qualified doctor, as pain is the body’s way of warning us of disease or injury.

Heat

Perhaps the oldest and simplest methods of pain relief are hot and cold treatments. Combined with modern day technologies hot and cold therapies are both common place and convenient. The traditional hot water bottle (which I still use) provides moist heat which can penetrate deeper than dry heat and is effective for longer. Wheat packs are cheap to purchase and easily heated in a microwave. Moist heat helps to relax muscles, reduce spasms, improve flexibility and alleviate pain. It works by increasing blood flow and circulation which brings oxygen and nutrients into the affected area. Obviously caution should be exercised to ensure the heat is not so excessive that it burns the skin. 

Cold

Cold applications are more useful in acute injuries where it is beneficial to reduce inflammation and swelling. So for sprains and strains to reduce pain and bruising apply a cold pack to the affected area.  A pack of frozen peas can be just as effective as a cold gel packs.

Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicines such as acupuncture are also used by physiotherapists as a means of providing pain relief. The therapist inserts very fine needles into specific points of the body depending on where the pain is located. This is thought to stimulate the body’s own natural responses including the immune system, neurotransmitters and hormones which aids the healing process and reduces pain.

Electrotherapy

TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation delivers electrical impulses through the skin. These impulses stimulate the sensory nerves which can help to block pain pathways and also prompts the body to produce endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. Hand held battery powered devices or TENS machines are widely available and although best used under the guidance of a trained therapist, they can be used effectively by individuals in the home.

A more detailed explanation of TENS therapy can be found here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tens/Pages/Introduction.aspx


 Massage

Massage can help relieve pain in a number of ways. It stimulates blood flow and generates heat helping muscles relax and reduce tension. Also massage stimulates the body to produce natural pain killers and oxytocin which helps the body to feel calm and relaxed. Physiotherapists can use different massage techniques depending on the type of pain. In addition to this, beneficial massage creams and gels can also be used to enhance the overall therapeutic effect. Fisiocrem/ Solugel and Rubbeez contain herbal ingredients which have soothing and anti-inflammatory effects.


Fisiocrem SolugelRubbeez




Posted By Sue Rahman

We are pleased to announce the arrival of 2 TENS devices from Totally TENS


Both TENS machines provide natural pain relief from many types of pain and are excellent value for money.

The analogue unit model TT-21AL offers versatility of settings whilst being very simple to operate at the turn of a dial. This TPN type of model is popular due to it being used by the NHS as an introduction to Tens therapy by some patients.



 Analogue Tens Machine




Alternatively a much more modern digital model of Tens machine is also available from Totally TENS Model TT-24DG offers a powerful but small and light weight device with 30 intensity levels.

This Tens machine has 2 channels which can be operated individually and 8 pre-set programmes to choose from.

Again the TT-24DG Tens machine offers great value for money and is popular in Western Europe.


Digital Tens Machine By Totally TENS


 

Posted By Sue Rahman

Which Tens Pads To Buy?

17/08/2014 09:04

Replacing TENS electrode pads can be confusing, especially if purchasing for a secondhand Tens machine. Electrode pads come in a variety of sizes, shapes, connections and quality. The size and shape of the Tens pad will be determined by personal preference and their suitability to the part of the body for which they will be used. For example, large rectangular Tens pads are ideally suited to treat large areas of the body such as the back, abdomen and thigh; the smaller round pads are more suited to treat areas of the face or more tricky areas such as the knee or elbow. The square electrode pad is the most common shape of Tens electrode pad and probably the most versatile, it can be used appropriately on almost any area of the body and is more suitable for targetting specific pain points compared to the larger pads.

 

There are generally two types of connection, the prewired electrode pads or stud pads. The prewired electrodes, sometimes referred to as pigtail electrodes as they have wires attached connect to Tens lead wires with pin connectors on the end. These are nearly always a standard 2mm pin connection which slot into the wires on the Tens electrode pads.

 

If your Tens lead has a snap connection on the end, then this can be more complicated as unfortunately the electrodes with stud connections have different sizes of stud. This is especially problematic if you have purchased a secondhand machine and you do not have any original pads for reference. However if you know the make and model of the machine a quick search on Google may prove advantageous. There are many You Tube videos posted by helpful Tens users as well as links to forums and useful websites.

Posted By Sue Rahman

Welcome to our first blog post on our new and improved website. We have introduced many new lines including drug testing kits including urine tests for Cannabis and Pregnancy and Ovulation tests – which will be available very soon –

We are also very proud to introduce our own brand of analogue and digital TENS machines “ totally TENS “ is our own brand of Tens machines and they have been developed with quality and reliability in mind. They will be available from September. When buying a Totally Tens machine you can therefore be reassured that you are purchasing a value for money item. Totally Tens machines are sold with high quality Healthcare World TENS electrode pads which are both comfortable to the skin and highly conductive, distributing the electrical current evenly.

Please browse our shop and view our products and remember all orders over £10.00 have FREE delivery!

Posted By Sue Rahman

As a former nurse I find myself continually correcting people like my own mother who, when describing other folks’ ailments, say things like

“ He’s got blood pressure you know. “

To which my response is usually along the lines of

“ Well he’d be in trouble without it! “

The term blood pressure refers to the process of blood being pumped via the heart around the rest of the body and the necessary force (pressure) required to push the blood along the blood vessels. Therefore some level of blood pressure is required for this action to take place but health problems can occur when blood pressure is high as this puts extra strain on the arteries and heart. Elevated blood pressure can mean an increased risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke and in many people there are no obvious signs or symptoms. Therefore it is a good idea to keep a weekly or monthly check on your blood pressure even if you feel well.

Blood pressure is measured in mm/Hg millimetres of mercury and is written as one figure over another figure, for instance 130/80 mm/Hg

The first, top number is the blood pressure level when the heart beats and when the pressure is at its highest – systolic. The second, bottom figure is the lowest pressure level when the heart is relaxed – diastolic.

 

A Guide to Blood Pressure Readings

  • 90 over 60 (90/60) or less: You may have low blood pressure.
  • More than 90 over 60 (90/60) and less than 120 over 80 (120/80): Your blood pressure reading is ideal and considered healthy.
  • More than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90 (120/80-140/90): You have a normal blood pressure reading but it is a little higher than it should be, and you should try to lower it.
  • 140 over 90 (140/90) or higher (over a number of weeks): You may have high blood pressure (hypertension) – see your doctor or nurse for further advice
Posted By Sue Rahman

Focus On Primary Healthcare

24/06/2014 01:36

A recent article in the Guardian suggests that highlighting and promoting the use of Primary Care Services could help to ease the pressure on hospital Accident and Emergency Departments.

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2013/sep/09/primary-care-ease-pressure-hospitals.

The article goes on to suggest some of the complex reasons for the explosion in demand of our out of hours health services, not least being the revision of GP’s contracts resulting in them being able to opt out of out of hours care. However the piece does admit that there are many other varied reasons as to why the demand has soared so much in recent years.

With instant access to the internet being at most people’s fingertips, this has allowed for members of the public to easily research and find possible answers to many medical ailments and concerns. Whilst knowledge and awareness are generally a good thing, this process may also lead to people seeking medical advice when it may not be necessary. However, self learning, especially of health issues should be welcomed as there is no substitute for being able to take control of one’s own health and ensuring optimum wellbeing.

Here at Healthcare World we believe that everyone should have access to knowledge and products which are aimed at improving quality of life or enhancing the body’s health potential. Our preference is that this should be done as naturally as possible, hence our product range in natural pain relief.

Posted By Sue Rahman

We hope to publish regular health information and discuss health related articles in our blog. Our blog is the ideal place in which to explain in more detail health issues related to the products which we sell.

Posted By Sue Rahman

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