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Twitch, twitch

I got my TENS unit in the mail yesterday, and it has done wonders for my back. I knew it would, because it it did during physical therapy. I know because of therapy just where to put the leads to have it work.

I thought I would try it on my knee, because I have some residual pain from January's surgery. I'm guessing arthritis is setting in since there is no cusion left in the inner knee. This is SO FUNNY! It took me a LOT of tries to figure out where to put the leads. Every time I tried, the top one would stimulate my thigh muscles to contract! I turn the unit on and my thigh jumps along with the stimulation.

Thankfully, I finally found where to put them to target the area I wanted to, without making my leg jump around :)

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georgiaskydiver
Dec. 6th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
#1: I want video of this!

#2: If you want to twitch, just take some Adderall.

#3: Help out a blonde girl here. A TENS unit? That's not our funny floppy spasmotic thing is it?

I really need to buy one of those - not to use, but just to look at for a good laugh. In fact, as hard as that thing made us laugh I'm thinking it would make for a pretty good ab workout to just set it on the counter and watch it go!

#4: I'm not even going to ask about your *ahem* "target area." I love you, but TMI baby. TMI. Unless, of course, there's video.
trshtwns01
Dec. 6th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Video? No, but I did take pictures of my boobs yesterday. Of course, I'm not sharing with the net :)

TENS = Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

It sends electrical impulses through your skin to the nerves to modify your pain perception. Therefore, if you put it in the wrong place, and the electrical impulses stimulate a muscle, it contracts. We did it on my stomach at one point to try to 'kick start' the stomach muscles after I recovered from my c-section. If put in the right place (like on either side of my lower spine), I can get some pain relief temporarily after I stop using it. Pretty good for someone who takes so many pills anyway.
trouble841
Dec. 6th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
if you ever want ideas for other uses for that TENS unit, let me know. :-)
trshtwns01
Dec. 6th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I bet you know a few novel uses for electrical stimulation ;)
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