Advice on TENS machines

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by pickle85, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. pickle85

    pickle85 Guest

    Just looking for a bit of advice...

    I have been told its a good idea to rent/buy a TENS machine if you can as they are quite often all in use at hospital, also handy to use at home for early stages of labour.

    So i had planned to rent/buy one later on so i had it ready, but recently i've been suffering with quite bad lower back pain from where i cracked my tail bone a few years ago. So i'm thinking about getting on early for use on that too.

    Question is... they seem to vary from about £20 to about £100, does anyone know how much is a good amount to spend? Obviously i would rather buy a cheap one! But don't want to waste money, or would i be better to rent?

    Thankyou :flower::flower::flower:
     
  2. lynnikins

    lynnikins Well-Known Member

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    I would buy the mamatens its avalible through boots and has great settings on it as well as being a decent unit it retails for about double the rental cost i believe but you can check it out on boots.com
     
  3. stouffer

    stouffer Well-Known Member

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    I overheard an assistant in Boots saying you can't use an ordinary TENS machine for pregnancy. I'm not sure if it's true but worth looking into.

    I suspect that means you won't be able to get a cheapie one :(
     
  4. bump0911

    bump0911 Well-Known Member

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    I'll check the name of the one I got off my cousin. Maybe also worth putting this post in third tri?
     
  5. pickle85

    pickle85 Guest

    I think i will save it as my first post over there next week! :cloud9:
     
  6. Pixie2320

    Pixie2320 Well-Known Member

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    I would def check with your doctor before buying anything, I was in physical therapy for my back when I got pregnant and frequently used a tens unit here and home as well as got strapped to one after physical therapy, and when I got pregnant she was still able to use it but had to be very careful about the placement of the 4 pads.

    Honestly I don't see it helping a whole lot for overcoming labor pain, I only have a subluxated rib and the pain relief it gave me for that was pretty minimal so I can't see it making a big difference on that much pain :nope:
     

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