Can PainPod TENS lower blood pressure or heart rate? PainPod Australia

Can PainPod TENS lower blood pressure or heart rate? New research recently published has confirmed TENS may be a solution.

Blood pressure and cardiovascular health - PainPod TENS/EMS (NMES) units

In Australia alone, almost 1 in 3 adults were affected by high blood pressure between 2011 and 2012. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is believed to be caused by a number of lifestyle and other factors including:

Is your blood pressure stressing you out? Take a look at the following study that reveals PainPod TENS technology could potentially reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

Understanding blood pressure

Every time the heart beats, it pumps blood through the body via blood vessels. As the blood flows, it exerts force against the vessel walls. It is these natural forces against the walls of the vessels that give us the blood pressure reading.

What is a normal blood pressure reading?

Under 120/80 mm Hg

The first number of the blood pressure measurement (120 mm Hg) represents the systolic blood pressure. This number is a measure of the pressure in the artery during a heartbeat. The second number (80 mm Hg) represents the diastolic blood pressure. This is the pressure in the artery between heart beats.

Let’s get technical: Research study breakdown

Lead study author Dr Gerson Cipriano Jr. and his team of internationally recognised professionals  conducted a very high quality study combining the facts surrounding the use of TENS for improved cardiovascular health.

Dr Gerson Cipriano Jr said “TENS application appears to promote a discrete, but significant reduction in blood pressure and heart rate in a healthy population.”

The researchers analysed all the studies that have ever been conducted on this topic to date.  All the clinical trials they identified, when combined together to enable a powerful statistical analysis, involved a total of 142 healthy individuals.

Dr Cipriano and colleagues showed a statistically significant drop in diastolic blood pressure of 1.04 mm Hg (p = 0.04) and in heart rate of 2.55 beats per minute (p = 0.005) for healthy people using TENS. There was also an immediate reduction of 3.00  mm Hg in systolic blood pressure, but this was only significant for low frequency TENS.

How do the results of the study compare to other treatment options?

Although these reductions may not seem overly significant, the researchers noticed that these results are actually not that different to alternative intervention methods for lowering blood pressure. For example, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 3.84 mm Hg and 2.58 mm Hg respectively. Anti-hypertensive drugs typically achieve reductions of 5.7 mm Hg and 3.6 mm Hg.

So can TENS lower blood pressure or heart rate?

Dr Cipriano, Jr. concluded:

“These findings contribute to the hypothesis that TENS is beneficial for different cardiovascular conditions, such as hypertension, myocardial ischemia and heart failure…” 

PainPod recommendations

Both PainPod’s TENS and EMS (NMES) frequencies have a number of different benefits for people. If you have high blood pressure, there are a number of different methods you can use to restore balance to your cardiovascular health.

Here are a few suggestions:

More information about keeping your heart healthy can be found on the Heart Foundation website here.

Integrating a PainPod into your routine, in addition to the measures suggested above, may assist in reducing your blood pressure. The PainPod is safe for use with medications.  You should continue taking your medication exactly as prescribed unless advised otherwise by your healthcare professional. PainPod should not replace your blood pressure medication.

Contraindications for the PainPod medical devices

The PainPod is an approved medical device and as such, should be used only as directed by the manual and user guide or by your healthcare professional.

Do not use your PainPod:

If you are less than 37 weeks pregnant, prone to seizures, have cancer or are recovering from cancer, consult with your doctor before use.

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  1. Campos FV, Neves LM, Da Silva VZ, Cipriano GF, Chiappa GR, Cahalin L, Arena R, Cipriano G. Hemodynamic Effects Induced by Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in Apparently Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Sep 15. pii: S0003-9993(15)01167-3. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.08.433. [Epub ahead of print]

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