Electricity is all around us. It powers the lights in our homes and buildings and it allows us to use appliances, among other things. But one way it’s being used in chiropractic treatment is to reduce acute and chronic pain by obstructing pain signals and helping the body release endorphins (the body’s own natural painkillers).
The technique is known as electrotherapy, and there are three different stimulation devices associated with it — one of them is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Each device produces its own frequency, effect and wavelength, but all use adhesive pads or electrodes — which are placed on the skin — to emit electrical stimulation to nerves and muscles.