It seems that the possible applications of using the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Technology may not just be limited to pain relief and blocking nerve signals from reaching the brain, as it has been advertised for so long. It seems to have multiple positive effects towards people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

MyelinMultiple Sclerosis is the condition that is developed when the body’s own immune system gets stimulated and causes the destruction of the layer of myelin that is covering the spinal cord and nerve cells. The immune system goes into a state which can be referred to as “inflammation”. Over time, as the myelin layer is deteriorating, the underlying nerve cells and the spinal cord will get in contact with the outside elements, which lead to ultimate the destruction of the nerve cells and tissue.

The result of it all is the person can no longer get their brains to send the signals to get their muscles and motor neurons working. Slowly they loss the ability to use their body parts, starting with their legs and walking. Slowly it progresses further along.

It seems that the TENS technology, which sends electrical signals of a certain frequency, pulse width, and intensity seems to be able to get the electrical pulse to be strong enough to get the muscles fiber tissue in the area that are being effected to have the ability to function again.

We refer to the reader to the published work “The effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on spasticity in multiple sclerosis“. In this study, the researcher found that while TENS technology did NOT decrease rate of the spasticity, he did imply that using TENS for a longer period of time can help reduce pain and decrease the rate of muscle spasms.

The 2nd benefit of using these types of electrical muscle stimulator devices (NMES Units) seem to be the effect on getting the muscle tissues to operate properly again. In Dr Terry Wahl’s book called “Minding My Mitochondria” she explains how she managed to take control of and even reverse the effects of MS by using a combination of Exercises, Right Eating Habits (Paleo based Diet), and using the NMES Device to retrain her muscles again.

Its seems that even when the MS has reached Secondary Progressive MS, the combination of using NMES and correct diet can help alleviate the symptoms quite dramatically. Refer to “Effects of intensive directed nutrition, progressive exercise program and neuromuscular electrical stimulation on secondary progressive multiple sclerosis“. Fatigue and Gait were shown to improve while the rate of spacicity decreased.

You can refer to her published paper “Rehabilitation with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Leads to Functional Gains in Ambulation in Patients with Secondary Progressive and Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Series Report

To explain the details of MS even further, refer to the video below.