Assoc. Dr. Tolu warned about the wrong physical therapy practices at home without going to the hospital during the epidemic period.
Stating that some patients are not suitable for physical therapy at home, Tolu drew attention to the tens practices that reduce pain. Touching on the correct use of tens devices that treat pain with low voltage electric current, Tolu said:
“Electrode application should never be done on the front of the neck, on the eye, near the chest and heart, on the open wound with varicose veins. Also, pregnant women, patients with pacemakers or cerebral pacemakers, and patients with epilepsy and heart rhythm problems can also use the tens device. Be careful against allergic skin reactions that may develop in the area where electrodes are applied, although rarely. If your pain increases despite the application of tens and you cannot cope with it, you should definitely inform your physician. “
“Unconscious practice brings harm, not benefit”
Emphasizing that the tens device should not be used without consulting a physical therapist, Tolu continued as follows:
“Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a practice of physical therapy that involves the use of low-voltage electrical currents to treat pain. Electrical stimuli reduce pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. Even during stimulation, endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, are also produced. This produced endorphin helps relieve pain and relax your muscles, thus making you feel good. Tens application is generally easy to apply and very safe. However, never apply it without consulting your physical therapy and rehabilitation physician.
Regarding the steps to be followed in tens application, Tolu said, “The application is usually done in 20-30 minute sessions 2-3 times a day with electrodes attached to the painful area or close areas. Before the application, the skin should be clean and dry, and when the device is turned off, you should stick the electrodes to your skin within the program (treatment mode, parameters and duration) recommended by your physician. “
Stating that it is appropriate to use Tens devices when deemed necessary by the physician, Tolu said, “There are disruptions in physical therapy and rehabilitation practices of elderly patients who have muscular and skeletal system pain due to pandemic and have a high risk of Kovid-19 infection. If you have complaints such as chronic pain (waist, neck pain, etc.), muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, postoperative pain or migraine, you should prefer to use a tens device during the pandemic period, at home or at work, if your physician deems it necessary. ” used the expressions.