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I haven't seen anything on this. Have any of you tried tens on your legs and feet..?I would think it would help blood circulation. I have put it on my calf, but I'm trying stimulate as I have atrophy.
I tried a Zopec DT-1200 tens unit for about 6 weeks and it did nothing for me. A few people I talked with at the Minnesota Neuropathy said they felt it helped them some. For me, it was a waste of money but I was only trying to see if it would help with the numbness since I don't have pain. I did have a little pain when I turned it up a notch or two ☺
Hi, @peggyn – I'd also like to invite @peggyella @lioness @banksnc49 @123zale @twinky @grammydove @magg @bkruppa who have mentioned using a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit or something similar for themselves or a loved one. They can tell you about whether they have used this on their legs and feet and what results they had.
Also, check out the Lifestyle Approaches section on this Mayo Clinic page on self-care approaches to treating pain https://www.mayoclinic.org/self-care-approaches-to-treating-pain/art-20367322 for some info on TENS. The rest of this page may also be of interest.
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@peggyn Welcome to our group thanks Lisa for inviting me . I have used a Tens unit for along time mostly on my back when your muscles are hard as rock in a spasm and you apply the pads then start the unit you will feel a small amount of electricity going into that area this starts to relax the muscle . Mine has a time limit of 15 minutes then shuts of automatically . I have used it on my legs but never my feet altho you can . My unit is from Procure in 10 yrs I have only had to replace the pads 1 time. .When I go to my chiroprater he used one on my back plus ice or heat . On the unit itself it shows where to apply the pads. . Hope this helps.
@peggyn – I have a little cheap tens unit that I got in Target, it is a great help for me when I have back/leg pain, however, not so sure it would help with atrophy. The other problem with that is it is for use in limited areas e.g. one for back/hip, one for shoulder. Manufactured by Icy Hot., not too expensive if you try it and it doesn't work.
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