TENS, EMS and Bell's Palsy
Bell's Palsy: What is it?
Bell's Palsy is a disorder involving sudden facial drooping and decreased facial movement. It is caused by damage to cranial nerve VII. The cause of the damage is unknown, although it can be associated with inflammation of the facial nerve where it travels through the bones of the skull. It may also be caused by a tumor, hypertension or head injuries.
Symptoms of Bell's Palsy can include: face pulled to one side, facial paralysis, difficulty eating and drinking, pain behind or in front of the ear, impairment of taste, sound sensitivity, headaches, facial stiffness, and difficulty with facial expressions.
Should I used TENS or EMS for Bell's Palsy?
Most likely both! EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) stimulates muscles using tiny electric impulses via electrode pads. Timers on the EMS machine rhythmically contract and relax the muscles, allowing it to work or tone muscles. Body Clock EMS units are ideal for treating Bell's Palsy and are used by patients all over the world.
Body Clock EMS units are also used for many other conditions including muscle disuse after a fracture or prolonged bed rest, strengthening after joint or muscle injury, immobilised limbs, muscle atrophy prevention, stress incontinence, muscle weakness, low muscle tone after weight loss or childbirth and muscle spasticity following a stroke.
TENS should be used to treat pain associated with Bell's palsy. It provides non-invasive, drug-free pain relief. Pads are placed on the back, near the area of pain. TENS uses soothing pulses that are sent via the pads through the skin and along the nerve fibers. The pulses suppress pain signals to the brain and encourage the body to produce higher levels of its own natural pain killing chemicals - endorphins and encephalins.
Body Clock offers a full range of tens machines, ems units and other pain relief devices. Body Clock supply hospitals and health centers worldwide.
Body Clock units are FDA approved and CE marked, complying with stringent EU medical device regulations.