TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars
TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars
I am receiving Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in my one hour of Philippines Physical Therapy sessions . I paid 3-5 Dollars to talk with the Physical Therapy Doctor one time, then five U.S. Dollars or 240 Pesos each time I receive therapy. Doctor Acacio has an office in all three hospital here in La Union Province, you can go to any of them and pay a different price at each.
This therapy starts out with TENS Therapy and a hot pack.
1. TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
2. Ultrasound Massage
The therapy in the Ilocos Region Hospital was done to me, it required a therapist help. There was no focus on training me how to perform self therapy, I do this by watching YouTube.com.
Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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This is my butt; they align the electrical connection above and below the painful location.
TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, more commonly referred to as TENS (or sometimes TeNS), is defined by the American Physical Therapy Association as application of electrical current through the skin for pain control (APTA, 1990). The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. Generally TENS is applied at high frequency (>50 Hz) with an intensity below motor contraction (sensory intensity) or low frequency (<10 Hz) with an intensity that produces motor contraction (Robinson and Snyder-Mackler, 2008).
This is a TENS machine, it creates a spider like electrical shock that stimulate the muscles or nerves to twitch.
This was the second day of therapy; I put on my Thailand fishing pant and a dark shirt. The ultrasound therapy is messy; they use some type of lubricant and make a mess.
This was funny, a small Filipino Boy came into my room, my butt is hanging out in the wind, the door is open, so he decides to come in and visit. This is the ultrasound machine, not the TENS machine.
If I remember right, her name is Alisha; she was born in Hawaii and is an American Citizen. She came to the Philippines to study cheap and watch her grandmother. She is nice, she is not American by culture, she is more Filipino. She spoke rather good English, but truly, her first language is Ilokano or maybe Tagalog.
TENS Therapy was also given to me by Doctor Motley in the Chiropractors office in Manila.
TENS therapy and Ultrasound massage are used to help a person deep relax a stubborn muscle. I was being treated for Piriformis Syndrome, although in reality we do not know if I have this problem.
I cannot return to the USA for a diagnose and truthfully do not think it important. I have now visited seven doctors here in the Philippine that cost about 10 dollars per appointment. There is a lump above my hip joint; it is not clear why it is there, it could be a fat, nerve or muscle nodule, maybe called a cyst.
If it is a muscle nodule, it is possible the TENS therapy would one day allow it to just stop being spastic, relax and disappear. I personally made the choice that this therapy was not dangerous, however more about pain masking, maybe not a solution.
I stopped this Therapy because it stops pain, I do not want the pain to stop, I want to painfully aware when this lump hurts. I want to be told my body to stop walking. In the past, I took Ibuprofen in the morning and walked all day, I was able to continually molest or damage the injury, it was not healing, and it was continually inflamed.
I may return to this TENS Therapy if I can somehow do it at night after I am finished walking for he day and would not injure my body.
I am still meandering my way through Doctors here, I will get a Biopsy soon and an Ultrasound pointed directly at the lump. I can afford to keep trying at 10 dollars per Doctors appointment.
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TENS Therapy for 5 Dollars
wow - I've had TENS therapy before and it sure didn't cost $5.00 - cost me $25.00 and that was with insurance. Strange tingling feeling, right? They let me take the TENS unit home with me and I used it on my own for a month - can't say if it did good or if my back would have healed and felt better in the 30 days without the TENS therapy. But, I'm with you - if you mask the pain, you don't know what is going on. Hopefully you'll get that lump figured out soon. lol - nice butt shot! Good luck, enjoy the pampering - hope it works!
Andy or CHARLES DICKENS or Richard Simmons SAID:.....a small Filipino Boy came into my room, my butt is hanging out in the wind, the door is open, so he decides to come in and visit.
Sounds like the start of a novel that would be banned in many countries....oh the humanity!
Dude, been following your saga for a while. Did you know there is a big health care debate in the states? The president wants some kind of national plan. There is quite a bit of resistance to it. Most likely the insurance lobby is behind it. I work for the gov't and have ok health insurance, but my premiums went up 20 this year and will most likely keep going up every year. I consider myself lucky to have insurance, I went many years without it. You would think most people would recognize the crisis. Even though i have insurance why would I want to deny anyone affordable healthcare? If you were a UK citizen you could walk into doctors office and the bill would be zero. That sounds pretty good to me!
TENS therapy has worked well for me in the past, the premise is that the electrical simulations "fool the brain" into thinking there is no pain. The device Andy pictured is a portable unit that people can clip on a belt buckle or slip into their pocket and you wear it around for most of the day, adjusting the intensity and phase of the current. USA insurance companies will pay around $800 for one of these.
Problem when used for back pain is that one usually needs assistance in placing the reusable adhesive pads in the proper place on you back, and the adhesive eventually wears out after 5-10 uses, so new pads are required. Replacement pads/electrodes are expensive.
Many Western chiropractors and physical therapy shops have a commercial grade TENS type units that they will incorporate into a treatment visit.
After you f*ck your back up there are many treatments, but very few cures. Take care of your back.
P 240? I'm jealous :-) Same treatments cost P 300 in Dumaguete when I was being treated for Frozen Shoulder.
Philippines expats are always trying to be clever, so I save a dollar. there is a special type of expat that goes to the Philippines.