MamaTENS maternity TENS is simplistic in design, portable and provides an alternative to more intrusive methods of pain relief during childbirth.
MamaTENS uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to relieve pain by a) helping the body to release natural painkillers (called endorphins) and b) by blocking pain signals to the brain.
Maternity TENS machines have an excellent reputation as one of the safest, most effective forms of modern pain control available to women during childbirth. Midwives recommend MamaTENS as the machines are safe to use and enable mothers to remain mobile and upright during labour; aiding the descent and dilatation to provide a more natural, drug-free form of pain relief.
Key features of MamaTENS include:
- Simple and easy-to-use controls, allowing the Mother to remain in control of her own pain relief
- Large electrode pads for maximum nerve coverage
- 3 preset programs specifically designed to help counter labour pain at every stage
- Integral boost button to provide additional pain relief during contractions
- 60 steps of intensity for gentle increases in stimulation
- Safety feature which returns intensity to ‘0’ if there is a break in the circuit connection
- Drug-free and safe to use for both Mother and baby
CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS (Please read instruction manual carefully before use)
Do not use TENS:
- If you have a heart pacemaker or have a heart rhythm problem. TENS in the direct vicinity of a pacemaker may affect some models. If TENS is applied on the front of the neck this can affect your heart rate. Very strong TENS across the chest may cause an extra heartbeat.
- If you have epilepsy. TENS may affect seizure threshold. You should consult your doctor prior to using the mamaTENS unit.
- During the first three months of pregnancy. It is not known whether TENS may affect foetal development
- On the abdomen in the later stages of pregnancy. Stop use immediately if you experience unexpected contractions.
- When driving, operating machinery, or similar actions needing fine control. Loose pads, damaged leads, or sudden changes in contact may cause brief involuntary muscle movements
- To mask or relieve undiagnosed pain. TENS may delay diagnosis of progressive condition.
• Observe caution when using the MamaTENS at the same time as being connected to monitoring equipment with body worn electrode pads; it may interfere with the signals being monitored.
• Strong electromagnetic fields (electrosurgery/microwave cookers/ mobile phones) may affect the correct operation of this unit. If it appears to behave unusually, move it away from these devices.
• Use caution following recent surgical procedures. Stimulation may disrupt the healing process.
Do not place electrode pads:
• On broken skin. The pads could encourage infection.
• On skin which does not have normal sensation. If the skin is numb, too great a strength may be used, which could result in skin inflammation.
• On the front of the neck. Could cause the airway to close, giving breathing problems. May cause sudden drop in blood pressure (vasovagal response).
• Over the eyes. May affect eyesight or cause headaches
• Across the front of the head. Effect on patients who have had strokes or seizures is not known. May affect sense of balance. The effects of stimulation of the brain are unknown.
• Near malignant tumours. In vitro experiments have shown that electricity can promote cell growth.
• Ignore any allergic reaction to the electrode pads. If a skin irritation develops stop using TENS, and try a different type of electrode. Alternative pads specially made for sensitive skin are available.
Also do not:
• Immerse your TENS unit in water or place it close to excessive heat. It may cease to operate correctly.
• Attempt to open up the TENS unit. This will invalidate the guarantee.
• Mix old, new or different types of batteries.
• Use this device with leads, electrodes, and accessories other than those recommended by the manufacturer. Performance may vary from specification.
IF IN DOUBT CONSULT YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, MIDWIFE OR OBSTETRIC PHYSIOTHERAPIST
- MamaTENS unit
- 2 x AA 1.5v Lithium batteries (B-AA)
- Neck cord and belt clip
- Protective case
- Four large electrode pads (CM50100-MT or CM50100-MTNEW) with leads attached
- Pictorial guide and instruction manual
FAQ for this product
Why should I use Maternity TENS?
Safe, drug-free pain relief during labour
Maternity TENS machines have an excellent reputation as one of the safest, most effective forms of modern pain control available to women during childbirth. Midwives recommend MamaTENs as the machines are safe to use and enable mothers to remain mobile and upright during labour; aiding the descent and dilation whilst providing a more natural, drug-free form of pain relief.
Our Maternity TENS units use TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to relieve pain by a) helping the body to release natural painkillers (called endorphins), and b) by blocking pain signals to the brain.
Unlike general TENS machines the MamaTENS Maternity TENS machine has pre-set programmes which are specifically designed to help relieve labour pain.
The MamaTENS machine also offers a boost button which allows Mums-to-be to rapidly increase the intensity to provide additional pain relief during contractions.
Four electrode pads are placed onto the back; 2 just below the bra line and 2 on the lower back. These electrode pads omit small electrical impulses along the spine, blocking pain signals sent to the brain during labour.
MamaTENS and MamaTENS MyTime are an essential part of every mum-to-be’s hospital bag, helping you manage your contractions from the moment labour starts, keeping you in control.
Why use the MamaTENS and MamaTENS MyTime?
- Safe for mother and baby
- Recommended by midwives and GPs
- 9 out of 10 women find TENS helpful in labour
- Mum-to-be remain in control
- Can be used from the onset of labour, helping with transition from home to hospital
- Mum-to-be can remain mobile
- Can be safely used in conjunction with analgesics such as pethidine or standard gas and air
- Can be used to manage after birth pain
- Can be used for post-episiotomy pain
- Suitable for general back ache post pregnancy
The risks to unborn babies and to foetal development when using TENS before 37 weeks into pregnancy are unknown, therefore we do not recommend the use of a TENS machine before you reach this stage of pregnancy.
After 37 weeks into your pregnancy, you can safely use TENS to help provide relief from backache, and for a drug-free alternative form of pain relief during your labour.
We highly recommend:
- Do NOT use during the first three months of pregnancy. It is not known whether TENS may affect foetal development.
- Do NOT use on the abdomen in the later stages of pregnancy. Stop using immediately if you experience unexpected contractions.
How does TENS work?
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS is recommended throughout the world by pain clinics and physiotherapy departments. Not only does TENS reduce your pain, it can also help you to reduce your need for painkillers. TENS is simply a means of stimulating your body’s own natural defences against pain.
Your TENS unit sends a tiny electric current into the skin through electrode pads which are usually placed near the source of the pain.. This current stimulates the sensory nerves, which carry touch and temperature signals. These nerves go to the same connections in the spine as the nerves carrying pain. A strong signal in the sensory nerve releases chemicals in the spine which stop the pain signal travelling up the spine to the brain. This is known as the “Pain Gate”.
In the Pain Gate mode TENS provides relief while it is switched on. The effect may start to wear off after 1-2 hours. You can stop for an hour and then try again. You can use TENS several times a day.
At low frequency settings, TENS also causes a release of endorphins, the body’s natural morphine-like substances, which relaxes and relieves your pain.
In Endorphin Release mode, the relief builds up over as much as 40 minutes, and can last for up to 4 hours after the unit is turned off.
Most people will achieve a reduction in pain. Some find that their pain goes away completely while they are using TENS. Some users only feel better after repeated use, and over a long time period.
YOUR TREATMENT SESSION
You can use TENS as much, and as often, as you need. Even continuous treatment is fine, but electrodes should be repositioned regularly (at least every 12 hours) to allow the skin to be exposed to air.
The Endorphin Release mode works better when the intensity is high enough to cause small muscle contractions. After about 20 minutes with muscle contractions, the muscle may begin to ache . If this happens you should stop the session. Best results with endorphin release are achieved at between 20 and 40 minutes.
Clinical Applications of TENS
TENS is effective for pain relief from a wide range of causes. TENS machine can be used to help reduce pain from problems in muscles, joints nad nerves. It can be also used for people with musculoskeletal pain such as long- term (chronic) back pain or knee joint arthritis. They are also often used for pain relief in the early stages of labour (see maternity TENS), particularly whilst a pregnant woman remains at home. Other uses include migraine headaches, period pain (see Ova+) and sports injuries.
You can use low frequency (<10 Hz) programmes on acupuncture points, to achieve similar effects to acupuncture.
TENS machines can be used alone for pain relief or be combined with other treatments. You can safely use TENS as long as it gives you pain relief. The effect may wear off after a few hours (this is called “accommodation”). If this happens, take a break of an hour or so before trying again.
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