Study Confirms TENS for Pain Management after Childbirth
by Alex Berntsen
New research has further confirmed that the TENS technology used by PainPod significantly reduces pain after childbirth.
Published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, the study of 200 pregnant women investigated the use of TENS technology for mothers recovering from labour (1). Assessing equal numbers of women who had delivered by caesarean section and women who had natural births, the results found that there were significantly lower pain scores in women using TENS technology compared to the control groups.
The Clinical Study Explained
In the study, 100 women undergoing caesarean and 100 delivering vaginally were divided randomly to receive TENS for pain relief or placebo TENS (i.e. TENS with no current).
Results revealed that pain scores were significantly lower for women in the caesarean section group who received TENS compared to those who received placebo TENS. Similarly, for natural births, pain scores were significantly lower in the TENS group.
Dr Seda Kayman Köse conducted the research with colleagues at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyon Kocatepe University in Turkey. The study also noted that the analgesic requirement at the eighth hour after caesarean section was significantly lower in the patients who were treated with TENS.
Important Considerations for Expecting Mothers
Here at PainPod HQ, we strictly recommend that you consult with your doctor before using the PainPod during pregnancy. Most commonly the PainPod has been known to be recommended by doctors during labour and/or after labour for pain management. PainPod has also been prescribed for back pain and carpal tunnel when the patient is in the final trimester of pregnancy.
Your health and the health of your baby is our main priority so ALWAYS consult with a qualified medical professional before use if you plan to use TENS technology while pregnant.
Do you know if you are Suitable for the PainPod?
Other relevant factors that will affect your suitability for treatment with TENS technologies include:
- if you have a pacemaker or any kind of electronic implanted device
- if you have a cochlear implant hearing device
- if you have a severe heart disorder
- if you suffer from epilepsy
- if you already have DVT
If you are prone to seizures, have cancer or are recovering from cancer, consult with your doctor before use.
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Kayman Köse, S., Arioz, D. T., Toktas, H., Koken, G., Kanat-Pektas, M., Kose, M., and Yilmazer, M. (2014) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain control after vaginal delivery and cesarean section. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 27, 1572-1575