I think we can all agree that if someone told you there was a drug free way to help manage pain during labor and birth, most of us would want to learn about, right? Well, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS is a drug-free pain relieve option that can be used to help manage pain during labor and birth.
A few weeks ago we posted a blog chatting all about the research supporting TENS and the pain relief provided during labor and birth. Check that blog post out here.
This week, we’ve got a video for you. In the video, we cover-
- What the unit looks like
- Demonstrate how easy it is to apply
- And chat about how it works to help relieve pain.
Since we started talking more about TENS it’s been amazing to hear from so many moms who’ve told us that they wish they had of known it was an another pain relief option during labor and birth.
And as you will see in the video. It’s small, easy to apply, and can be worn for the duration of your labor and birth (win-win!)
TENS units can usually be purchased at any home health store or here’s a good option we have tried and recommend. They are often covered by private medical insurance as well (Please note we do receive a small commission if you purchase products using our links, just like we would if you purchased from us in clinic).
And if you can having one teaching session with a physiotherapist it can be very valuable as they can set the unit up for you and answer any questions you might have. They can also discuss any contraindications and precautions of use with you. So if you’re thinking about using TENS at the very minimum make sure you chat with your primary health care provider.
If you’re interested in learning more about TENS, our online course Prenatal Pelvic Health has several modules covering TENS and teaches you everything you need to know about your core & pelvic floor for pregnancy and birth. Minimize your risk of vaginal tearing, prevent incontinence and prepare for birth & postpartum confidently.
Eryn & Katie