A TENS machine is a popular and effective method of pain management used by women who have had a Caesarean Section.
The aim of the TENS machine is to reduce the intensity of the post-operative Caesarean abdominal pain and to help keep the mother alert, who is then able to attend to the newborn baby; avoiding the secondary effects of analgesic drugs over the mother-newborn relationship
Just place two pairs of electrodes 2 – 3 inches either side of the incision line. Amplitude controls should be adjusted in order to produce a sense of stimulation within the painful region.
Continuous stimulation can be used for the first 24 to 48 hours post-operative. After 48 hours, stimulate for up to an hour then turn the unit off the until the pain returns. Normal length of usage is 3 to 5 days.
Patients who use TENS after any kind of abdominal surgery require less or no pain medication, an important advantage to breastfeeding mothers.