HOW DOES A TENS MACHINE WORK?
"TENS" is a drug-free pain relief often used by women in labour. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A maternity TENS consists of a battery powered, hand held controller connected by fine leads to four flat pads. The pads are covered with a firm gel to help them stick to your back.
The TENS machine sends small, safe pulses of electrical current via the leads to the pads on the skin. The pulses pass through your skin into your muscles and tissues via nerve fibres. This gives you a gentle tingling or buzzing sensation, which may be stronger or weaker depending on the setting level.
The controller part of the TENS machine is easy to hold in your hand while you're in labour, but if you don't want to hold it, you can use the soft neck strap or clip provided.
ELLE TENS Plus (pictured) has buttons that you can use to control the frequency and strength of the pulses. There is also a boost button for you to press with your thumb when you want maximum output from the machine. This function is best used during a contraction. The ELLE TENS Plus unit is 100% user-operated, meaning the person using it is the one who is in full control (Please note - the boost button is also available on the Elle TENS 2 device as the birth modes are the same)
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE TENS HIRE?
In the pouch, you will receive:
1x ELLE TENS unit (Elle TENS plus, Elle TENS 2, or Elle TENS)
1x easy release neck cord
2x AA batteries - inside the device
2x AA batteries - spare
4x NEW self adhesive electrodes - single person use
Quick start guide
A "Women's Guide to drug free pain relief" booklet
Pink felt drawstring carry case
"What happens now" postcard
Complimentary slip to provide feedback
Pre-paid Australia Post satchel for returning the device (if required)
HOW DO I HIRE A TENS MACHINE?
There are currently 3 hire options: 4 weeks - $50, 6 weeks - $75, 8 weeks - $90. Extensions are also available upon request and subject to device availability.
Our TENS Hire service has 3 steps:
1) HOW TO HIRE
Click the "hire now" button, complete the form including baby's due date and your hire period and follow through to payment. The form will prompt you for a shipping or pick up option
2) DURING THE HIRE PERIOD
When your TENS arrives, familiarise yourself with the unit and it's accessories. We recommend having a trial run after 36 weeks gestation to make sure you are ready when you go into labour. An instruction manual is included with your device.
The TENS machine can be returned to us in an Australia Post shipping satchel or returned to the address you collected it from. All accessories need to be returned with the device. The electrode pads can be discarded.