TENS can be used for all sorts of pain but has been found to be especially effective for pain during labour when using a specialised obstetric TENS machine. Simply pre book your TENS machine for collection around 4 weeks prior to your due date. You will have the machine for 8 weeks which should have you covered for your impending birth.
We are so excited to
offer TENS machine hire for labour. We have purchased the ultimate
in obstetric TENS machine to have during this exciting stage in your
journey. We currently have FIVE Elle Tens Plus machines available, but
if demand is present we will purchase more.
pre book your TENS machine for collection around 4 weeks prior to
your due date. You will have the machine for 8 weeks which should
have you covered for your impending birth. If your TENS is not
collected within 7 days of your collection date, your order will be
cancelled. Your 8 weeks commences from your agreed collection date.
Local hire/pick up
only at this stage.
Friendly email reminder 1 week prior to return date if not already returned.
Included in hire is everything you will need:
of 8 week hire: $100.00
is important to pre book your hire as we have limited machines.
Payment is required up front on hire.
Please read the terms and conditions.
Your private health insurer may provide some cover for your machine hire. The rebate available differs between plans and providers, but may be up to 100%!
After you have paid on pick up, you will receive an email invoice (within 24 hours) which you can submit to your private health provider.
So what is a TENS machine?
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and provides drug-free pain relief. This can be used for all sorts of pain but has been found to be especially effective for pain during labour when using a specialised obstetric TENS machine.
TENS machine sends small, safe pulses of electrical current via leads
to electrode pads which are attached to your skin and held in place
by a firm gel. The pulses pass through your skin and into your
muscles and tissues. This gives you a gentle tingling or buzzing
sensation. The intensity of pulses can be increased or lowered based
on the pain being experienced.
How does a TENS machine reduce pain?
The TENS machine works to reduce your experience of pain a number of ways.
offers a distraction from contractions
does TENS feel like?
Many women describe the feeling of TENS as a tingling, or buzzing sensation. The obstetric TENS has specialised waves of this sensation that feels similar to a rumbling massage on your lower back.
When used correctly the TENS should never been painful, although the device is very powerful and can be uncomfortable if ramped up to a high setting too quickly. Correct use involves slowly increasing the intensity of the pulses as your brain readjusts to the sensation.
A regular TENS machine from a chemist or Physio
is great for painful joints etc but is missing a vital function –
the boost button! Without this element a TENS machine is not an
obstetric TENS, and you can’t amplify the pain fighting sensation
during contractions so it’s going to be nowhere near as effective
for your birth.
should I use a TENS machine?
You can use TENS from the very beginning of your labour. You could start using it when you’re getting regular contractions or backache. TENS is most likely to be effective in early labour, and is most effectively used during later stages of labour when applied early.
do I use a TENS machine while in labour?
A step-by-step guide to using a TENS machine during labour:
your Elle TENS Plus as soon as you receive it. Familiarising yourself
with the unit and its functions will make for a more stress-free
experience when your labour begins. If you have any problems or
questions make sure you contact us ASAP so we can make sure you have
everything you need for a great birthing experience.
shouldn’t I use a TENS Machine?
Never use a TENS machine under the following circumstances, without talking to a midwife or doctor first:
What are the advantages of a TENS machine?
What are the disadvantages of a TENS machine?
When during my labour do I use it?
It is recommended to use the TENS as soon as contractions become regular. This is likely to be before the contractions are really painful, but don't hold on to the TENS for later when you are feeling uncomfortable. It will work better if you begin to use it earlier rather than later, giving those pain-fighting endorphins time to build with the strength of your contractions.
Can I use the TENS machine with water?
No, you cannot use the tens machine in the bath or shower as the machine uses electrical pulses to stimulate your nervous system. However, the TENS can be used safely with any other pain relief method or medication. If you would like to use water as a part of your birth plan, we recommend using the TENS during early labour and progressing to water later, especially if you want to have a water birth.
Will my electrode pads stay sticky?
The electrode pads provided are designed to be re-usable, meaning you can take them off and then reapply them. Just be sure to pop them back onto the film they arrived attached to when you are not wearing them. Residual oil or moisture on your skin will start to erode the stickiness of your pads, so if you are in and out of the shower several times, or sweating, make sure to dry your back completely before reapplying.
You can 'revive' the stickiness of your pads by
brushing over with a damp fabric cloth. Additional electrode pads are
also available for purchase.
If I don't use my TENS, can I have a refund?
We understand that babies and birth are always unpredictable. If your TENS hasn't been collected yet, you can let us know to cancel your order without charge. However, since the TENS Hire is a service, if there is no issue with a faulty machine or if you choose not to use the machine or are unable to use it, we have provided the service and therefore cannot provide refunds.
Interested in hire of an Elle Tens machines? See the Elle TENS Hire Policy