Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, commonly known as TENS, is a popular way to control both chronic and acute pain.
These days, TENS units come in many varieties and are even portable enough to use whenever and wherever you need pain relief. However, because there is electrical stimulation involved in this pain-relieving process, is it possible to use a TENS unit if you have a pacemaker or ICD fitted?
You must talk to your doctor about your pacemaker and TENS unit before use. Most manufacturers recommend against use if you have a pacemaker, but it depends on the type of pacemaker. Regardless, your doctor should know what you’re doing before you try any sort of TENS unit with a pacemaker!
I’ll explain below.