An estimated 5-6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. New research has shown that TENS Therapy may be effective for reducing pain in people who have fibromyalgia, especially in combination with other treatments, such as exercise. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy sometimes used to treat localized or regional pain. During TENS therapy, electrodes deliver electrical impulses to nearby nerve pathways — which can help control or relieve some types of pain. TENS is often used to treat osteoarthritis and chronic and postoperative pain.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on the body where slight pressure causes pain. The pain of fibromyalgia isn’t limited to a specific area, so TENS therapy isn’t generally used as a treatment. If you have fibromyalgia and your treatment plan isn’t relieving your pain, consult your doctor. He or she may offer additional treatment options.
Read the full conversation with Dr. Jeffery M. Thomspon, MD here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tens/expert-answers/faq-20058378