Ouch: we hurt. No, we didn’t over-exercise, and we didn’t just run a marathon, but we are old enough to be showing signs of arthritic changes. Now that TENS units have been designed and approved for home use, we would like any intervention, no matter how small, to give us an advantage over the daily aches and pains that all of us, sooner or laterare going to experience.
Whether it’s everyday pain, postoperative indications, or a disease affliction, if you are wondering what is the best electronic pulse massager of 2019, read on.
Comparison of the Best Electric Pulse Massagers
What is a TENS Unit?
What we now call electric pulse massagers have always been called TENS units. TENS is an acronym for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. We will use the term electric pulse massager and TEMS interchangeably. The objective of this device is to use low-voltage electric currents to relieve pain.
These electric currents are generated from a handheld, battery-operated device, conducted through insulated wires, and distributed through adhesive backed electrodes that are designed to transmit said electric currents through the skin to nerve fibers below.
How Do Electric Pulse Massager Units Work?
Electric pulse massager units work by concepts that nurses have been using to their advantage for decades. The Gate Control Theory states that small C fibers that transmit intense pain sensations of such reported qualities as sharp, burning and stabbing take a backseat to the large A fibers that transmit sensations of such reported qualities as dull, aching and muted.
The brain is the gateway: when intense pain signals from small fibers get to the gate,they are prohibited from passing through if signals from the large fibers are present. The TENS unit sends signals to larger fibers that supersede the smaller fibers carrying pain signals of relatively more intense quality. Additionally, the mechanism of action of TENS units can stimulate the body’s own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins.
How Does the Device Work?
An electric pulse massager unit allows users to control 4 variables: intensity, frequency, duration and timing.
Intensity refers to the quality of strength, power, or forcefulness of an electrical impulse. Intensity may be thought of as how hard a drummer strikes the drum with the sticks.
Frequency refers to the number of times an impulse is transmitted per second. Frequency may be thought of as how fast a drummer strikes the drum with the drumsticks.
Duration refers to the number of milliseconds that the current enters the skin during each pulsation. Duration may be thought of as how long the drumstick is in physical contact with the drum.
Timing refers to the number of minutes the user is allowing electrical pulses to be transmitted. Timing may be thought of as how long the drummer drums. Typically, TENS units are set to run between 10 and 60 minutes, and many devices have an automatic shutoff feature.
The More Is Not Better Mantra
Electric pulse massagers have timing limitation features as well as documentation in every user’s manual regarding the limitation of time during which electrical impulses are actually being transmitted. This is because MORE IS NOT BETTER. There comes a time when nerve fibers will become overstimulated and the gate control theory will be overridden for other functions.
Using a TENS unit for too long, with too much intensity, and with too much duration can result in the targeted area becoming painful; a negation of the raison d’être for TENS units. Be reasonable, follow directions ,and briefly experiment until you find exactly what works for you.
What Are the Benefits of a TENS Unit?
Electric pulse massagers are used to treat diverse conditions, including:
- Menstrual pain
- Labor pain
- Postoperative pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Back pain
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Spinal cord injury
- Sports injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
How We Reviewed
The following products were reviewed based on the their features, price, number of programmable modes, accessories, and the warranty you get. Those of us who participated in this review either regularly participate in sports and exercise or have medical conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. We also talked with real users to find out what they think.
Overall Price Range $ – $$$
Surprisingly, happily, we discovered that all of the electric pulse massagers in our review are reasonably priced. We did assign a $$$ rating to one device, but that is only because its price was relative to the others; which is to say that a $$$ rating is still an inexpensive device overall.
What We Reviewed
- iReliev TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager
- CUH Rechargeable TENS Unit
- Belmint TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager
- TruMedic TENS Electronic Pulse Unit
- Pure Enrichment PurePulse Pro TENS Device
- Healthmate Forever YK15AB TENS Unit
- KEDSUM Rechargeable TENS UnitKEDSUM Rechargeable TENS Unit
- Santamedical Electronic TENS UnitNURSAL TENS Unit
- NURSAL TENS Unit
- TechCare Massager TENS Unit Plus 24
iReliev TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager
Key features of this product include a dual channel functionality and 25 levels of high output intensity. A special feature is the auto lock ability to avoid accidental changse. This device comes with a large LCD display and adjustable timer.
This device features 8 pre-programmed modes.
The system includes 3 AAA non-rechargeable batteries, two lead wires, one four pack of electrode pads, a small tote bag with drawstrings and a belt clip holder.
The manufacturer offers a two-year warranty and a 14 day money-back guarantee.
CUH Rechargeable TENS Unit
Key features of this product include a simultaneous dual output design to permit four pads to be applied to two different targeted areas at the same time. It also features an animated backlit LCD display and a pause button. This device has an automatic shutoff feature with a maximum run time of 60 minutes before needing to be restarted.
This unit comes with 8 programmable modes and 20 levels of intensity.
This device comes with four large electrode pads, four small electrode pads, two electric wires, one acupuncture point chart, a collection board for the pad and wires, and a drawstring bag.
The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty.
Belmint TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager
A key feature of this product includes touch-of-a-button adjustment for intensity level from 1 to 10. This unit is designed to work for 15 minutes and then shut off automatically.
This unit features five preset massage modes.
This device includes two pairs of lead wires, one set of pads, and three AAA batteries.
The manufacturer offers a 30-day return policy and a two-year warranty.
TruMedic TENS Electronic Pulse Unit
Key features of this product include access to a series of pain management videos and independent dial controls for left and right sides. This allows for 2 areas of the body to be treated at once. There is a large LED screen, and setup is easy.
This device features 10 power levels.
Included in the box are four electrode pads, two lead wires, and four AAA batteries.
The manufacturer offers a full parts and labor warranty for 90 days.
Pure Enrichment PurePulse Pro TENS Device
Key features of this product include a free pain management video series and a portable pocket-sized unit.
This TENS unit has eight therapy programs, 25 pulse settings, an adjustable timer, and two channels.
This product includes two AAA batteries, four electrode pads, two sets of electrodes, and a storage bag.
This product comes with a two-year warranty.
Healthmate Forever YK15AB TENS Unit
Key features of this product include a large LCD display with clearly labeled buttons and a belt clip that permits use of up to four outputs at the same time without losing strength or intensity. This device comes with nine stimulation programs. Speed and intensity are fully adjustable.
This device comes with nine programs and six massage settings.
The package includes four sets of dual lead wires, four pairs of electrode pads, one pad holder, three AAA batteries, and one application placement chart.
The manufacturer offers a two-year limited warranty.
KEDSUM Rechargeable TENS Unit
Key features of this product include a large LCD display and a rechargeable internal lithium battery for up to 10 hours of continuous use in simultaneous dual output design for two different treatment areas. It also offers upgraded medical-grade electrodes.
This device comes with 18 pre-programmed massage modes.
Included in the package are four pairs of reusable gel pads, two sets of electrode wires, one USB wire, one AC adapter,and one pad holder.
The manufacturer offers a two-year limited warranty.
Santamedical Electronic TENS Unit
Key features of this product include a large LCD display and three selectable massagers. It only weighs 5.3 ounces and is the same size as a remote control. Microcomputer controls provide easy adjustment for a dual channel system that can work on two targets at one time. Intensity ranges from 0 to 80 V in the pulse rate ranges from 0 to 120 Hz.
This model offers six auto modes.
Included in the package are four attachment pads, two pairs of insulated wires, and four AAA batteries.
This manufacturer offers a two-year warranty.
NURSAL TENS Unit
Key features of this product include a large LCD screen display and a built-in timer that allows you 10 to 60 minutes of treatment, with the default of 20 minutes, and an automatic shut off. The lithium ion battery is built in and rechargeable for up to 10 hours of continuous use. It can be connected to a wall unit or a computer USB to charge. The dual output design allows for two areas to be targeted at the same time.
This device has 20 levels of adjustable strength.
This product comes with two large pads, four medium pads, two small pads, two sets of electric wires,one USB cable, and an AC adapter.
The manufacturer offers a two-year limited warranty.
TechCare Massager TENS Unit Plus 24
Key features of this product include a combination TENS and PMS function and an adjustable timer from 10 to 60 minutes and up to 20 hours of continuous use. It offers a dual channel modality so two areas can be targeted at the same time. It comes with a rechargeable lithium polymer battery and a battery life indicator.
This device features 24 pre-programmed modes.
Included with this device are three pairs of electrodes, four outputs, two electrode cables, one USB cable, one charger, one holder, and one belt clip.
This device comes with a limited lifetime warranty and a 30 day money-back guarantee.
The Best Electric Pulse Massager
We decided that the KEDSUM rechargeable electric pulse massager was our First Place winner. We liked the medical grade electrodes that are 1 mm thicker, and stickier than others on our list and provide improved conduction. Electrodes are an unavoidable added expense for TENS unit therapy, so any pad that works better makes for a better unit in our judgment.
Another plus is the rechargeable, internal lithium battery that provides up to 10 hours of continuous use. Another unavoidable cost for many electric pulse massager units are the batteries, and since even campers, hikers, and mountaineers carry devices that recharge batteries, remote use was not an issue in terms of batteries. We think that the 16 modes offered by this device are more than adequate, and we like the dual output design.
We hurt. The best electric pulse massager is one that offers relief from pain due to a variety of sources, is portable, convenient,and easy to use. Whether it’s everyday pain, postoperative indications, or a disease affliction, we hope you have found your answer as to what is the best electronic pulse massager of 2019. © Incomestorage