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TENS Machine Hire - Frequently Asked Questions



What is tens?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and has successfully been used for many years by pregnant women and professional midwives worldwide to treat labour pain.

How does tens pain relief work?

At the onset of labour, simply apply the four pads to your back as shown in the accompanying instructions and switch the TENS machine on. You will feel a pleasant pulsing sensation. This will help to raise the level of your own pain relieving chemicals known as endorphins. When experiencing a contraction, press the booster button for the extra surge of power needed to combat the pain. When the contraction ends, press the booster button again - it is that simple!

What is supplied with the TENS hire?

  • Dual channel Neurotrac labour TENS unit with digital display and booster button
  • Belt clip
  • 4 large 100mm x 50mm electrode pads (extra pads available)
  • New 9V battery (1 battery lasts 10-12 hours)
  • Simple to use instructions
  • Protective hard plastic carry case

    Why should I use a Neurotrac TENS?

    Neurotrac Labour TENS machines are compliant with European medical device regulations. User feedback has shown that a TENS Machine is most effective during the first stage of labour, and help the mother to remain in control, stay alert, and considerably reduce drug intake. Most importantly, there are no known side effects for you or your baby.

    Can I use An Ordinary TENS Machine?

    No. Neurotrac Labour TENS machines are specifically designed for childbirth. They use larger pads than conventional TENS and include a booster button, which is very important for relieving pain during contractions.

    Can I try the TENS Machine before going into labour?

    Yes. Just try two pads on your forearm to feel the different pulse sensations. Remember to follow the instructions on the back of the electrode packet to keep them fresh for the big day. It is recommended that you order an extra pack at 4.95 for practising.

    Can a TENS machine be used with other methods of pain relief?

    Yes, in conjunction with gas and air or pethidine.

    Can I use a TENS if I am considering a water birth?

    Yes, but not in the water itself. Remember that TENS is effective right from the start of your labour. You will need it well before you enter the water. Normally, a midwife will ask you to enter into the water when you are between 4-5cm dilated.

    Can a TENS machine be used in Hospital?

    Yes, but you may have to switch it off temporarily if the midwife requires you to do so.

    Are TENS machines safe?

    Yes. They are designed for labour. However, do not use before the 37th week of pregnancy unless under medical supervision. If you suffer from epilepsy or have any doubts whatsoever consult a medical professional. If you use a demand type pace maker you should not use a TENS machine. There are no known side effects for you or your baby.

    What happens if my baby arrives late?

    Your Hire period is for 6 weeks and we only dispatch 3 weeks before your due date so this period will cover you even if you go overdue. If you wish to hire for a further week, a charge of 5 per week applies.

    When do you send me the TENS machine?

    We usually send the unit 3 weeks before your due date.

    How long does it take to arrive?

    Our TENS machines are sent by first class post on the 37th week of pregnancy. However, please allow 1-5 working days for delivery. If you need your unit despatched earlier than the 37th week please contact us on 0800 0436680

    What happens if my due date is less than 3 weeks away?

    We offer you a next working day delivery service* for an extra 5.95, as long as your order is placed before 3pm between Monday and Friday.


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