The TENS Machine
We decided to include the TENS Machine in our hire services as this small, battery powered device sends pulsed electrical stimulus via pads to the skin.
and stimulates the release of endorphins which uses the gate theory of pain relief.
The Labour TENS machine is included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (TGA).
Why Use Labour TENS
Drug free system for pain control
Quick & effective pain relief
Easy to use, light weight and portable
Does not cause drowsiness
Can be used for as long as pain relief required
Normal / boost mode controllable using light weight seperate boost button
Can be used at home when contractions start or later at hospital
Can be used with other methods / prescribed drugs
Non invasive giving freedom to move and walk about
How does a TENS unit work ?
It releases endorphins, the human body’s ‘natural’ pain killers
Blocks out pain messages traveling to the brain .
Provides a sense of control over labour pain and gives an alternative focus
What does Labour TENS feel like ?
A tingling sensation on the skin where the pads are placed.
Can I practice with the Labour TENS machine?
Yes, we recommend you try out the Labour TENS machine beforehand so that you are familiar with the operation when 37 weeks plus for a short duration of 1-5 minutes only. You may place the pads on your lower back as you would during labour or you may place them on the inside of your forearm to test. The electrode pads are self adhesive and re-usable. Re-apply the plastic film to the sticky side of the pads when finished and store in the plastic bag.
Labour TENS is specifically designed for childbirth. It has been tried, tested and in use since the 1960's. However there are a few precautions. Do not use over broken or desensitised skin. Do not use before 37 weeks unless approved by your doctor. Do not use if you have a pacemaker. Seek advice from doctor if you have epilepsy.
Yes, you may continue using the Labour TENS machine with other methods , always check with your health professional
When to use or not use TENS?
Can I use a Labour Tens machine with other pain relief methods ?
When do I start using the Labour TENS machine?
We recommend you start using Labour TENS at home as soon as you are aware of the contractions
How long should Labour TENS be used ?
The TENS machine can be worn as needed for as long as needed.
I would like a water birth - can I use Labour TENS ?
Yes, although NOT whilst in the water.
Can I use the Labour TENS machine after the birth ?
Yes, Labour TENS can be effective for reducing the pain of uterine contractions after birth.
Can I use the Labour TENS machine whilst breastfeeding?
Yes, but please check with your midwife if you are unsure