When it comes to the latest, cutting-edge technology in pain relief, there’s no doubt that wireless tens machines are on the rise. These pain management products are gaining popularity because they’re easy to use and provide a natural way to relieve your body from pain. But how can you decide which is best for you when so many alternatives are available? The following advice will help you make an informed buying decision:
Finding a reliable tens machine
Before you buy a wireless tens machine, it is essential to consider the following factors:
- FDA approval. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the device will be safe, but it does mean that it has been tested by the FDA and approved for use in the United States. Look for this seal on your device to ensure it meets these standards.
- Warranty length and coverage. The longer the warranty on your device, the better! Most manufacturers offer anywhere from one year up to five years of coverage for their devices—if they don’t provide at least one full year of protection against faulty artistry or design flaws (not just defects), then chances are they don’t stand behind their product very well either.
The initial cost of the device itself. This is usually a one-time purchase unless you buy an extended warranty or replacement pads—the ongoing cost of accessories like replacement pads and batteries. For example, many people throw away their disposable electrodes after each use and replace them with new ones every few weeks or months. If your budget for this product is tight and you can’t justify purchasing an expensive replacement pad once every few months, consider getting a cheaper model that uses rechargeable batteries instead of disposable electrodes.
Ease of use
The wireless tens machine you choose should be easy enough for anyone in your home with a medical condition. Only some people have the same level of experience, so look for simple and intuitive products. A device with too many buttons can be overwhelming—even confusing—for many people. Look for options with large displays that clearly show the settings and modes used. If possible, choose a product that incorporates voice prompts and visual cues. Hence, there are no mistakes when operating the machine or programming settings such as power levels or pulse widths.
Pain relief strength
There are three pain relief modes: continuous, intermittent and pulsed. The most common is the constant mode, though there may be slight differences between machines regarding how long you can set it for (e.g., 20 minutes). The intermittent setting allows you to choose how many seconds per cycle and how long each cycle lasts (e.g., 6 seconds on followed by 6 seconds off). In the pulsed mode, you can adjust whether the pulses are short or long, along with the frequency of their repetition in each cycle (usually from 2-8 Hz). These settings will vary depending on which tens unit you choose, but they’re essential factors when determining what kind of relief your body needs from pain and where that pain is located—you should consult a doctor if your condition isn’t clear after consulting these raw numbers!
Ease of transporting and storing the product
For those who travel frequently, portability is a must-have. If you don’t have to carry your tens machine with you daily, this factor may be less critical for you. However, if it’s something that will be taken from place to place regularly and needs to fit into a backpack or purse—or if space is at a premium in your home—then portability should be considered before purchasing a tens machine.
Some machines have cases that make them easier to carry around and store when not in use; others may require more creative storage solutions (such as keeping them in small drawers). Some models even come with handles or straps, which allow users to carry the device like a suitcase easily!