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Old 12-21-2002, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Has anyone here used low frequency tens, such as the myomonitor ?

A dentist I am seeing, let me borrow this device to use at home, for a few weeks. I am now considering buying one of my own. Although I've owned a tens machine for about 10 years now, this low frequency tens seems to provide a deeper,more effective relaxation.

I am close to giving up on splints now. I once had one made for me that provided help for over a month ( Then I had to pursue further treatment, and now this dentist is not willing to see me again) Since then, an adjustment has never provided relief for more than a week.

However,from what I can see so far, it seems like using this low frequency tens a few times each day, may keep the pain/muscle spasm down enough, to enable me to accomplish the things, I'm wanting to do, each day.

Anyone else had experience with low frequency tens ?

John

 
Old 12-23-2002, 12:37 PM   #2
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I have dizziness and ringing in the ear and wondered if I may have symtoms of tmj?

 
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Hi Iamlibra,

Those can be symptoms of TMJ. They can also be symptoms of an inner ear problem. Have you seen an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor?

 
Old 12-23-2002, 07:12 PM   #4
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J-Man,

Good to hear from you. My TMJ specialist has my repositioning splint adjusted really well. The night time bionator is now doing well too. I am doing much better. He feels like a TENS would work well for me to help release the trigger points and has submitted the approval forms to my insurance company. Since I know nothing about the TENS, I was glad to read that you have the most success with a low frequency TENS. I will check that out.

I believe that I have had so much success with my splint because my TMJ specialist has been so diligent. His lab technician told me that Dr. Joe had gone over my case a thousand times. I really appreciate how patient he has been. He said this is the most difficult case he has ever worked with, but he is determined to successfully treat me. I wish everyone could find a TMJ specialist as dedicated as mine is. I do know the difference. He is the fourth TMJ specialist I have seen in the past five years.

I wish you well with the TENS treatment.

 
Old 12-23-2002, 08:29 PM   #5
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What is the difference between the TENS and the low-frequency one? I am using a TENS unit for pain and muscle spasm on a daily basis and it does seem to help. What is the difference between these units?

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Old 12-28-2002, 01:05 PM   #6
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Originally posted by cfreund:
What is the difference between the TENS and the low-frequency one? I am using a TENS unit for pain and muscle spasm on a daily basis and it does seem to help. What is the difference between these units?

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Hi Cfreund,

From my understanding, generally speaking any Tens unit which uses a frequency below 4 Hz (cycles per second) would be considered low frequency. The myomonitor unit I've been using has a frequency of less than 1 cycle per second.

Here's some info I came across which supports the idea that this 'ultra low frequency' may be ideal :
(It mentions a rate of less than 1 contraction per second, which is less than 1 Hz. The unit I am using has a rate of .67Hz)

"H.H. Dixon, a world known muscle physiologist at the University of Oregon pioneered the use of TENS electrical parameters that would best relax muscle. He concluded, Experimental work with the myograph and chemical analysis indicates that fatigued muscle restores its energy with light, free motion at a rate below 60 contractions per minute. Fatigue spasm can be reduced by electrical stimulation."

John

 
Old 12-28-2002, 01:31 PM   #7
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J-Man,

Good to hear from you. My TMJ specialist has my repositioning splint adjusted really well. The night time bionator is now doing well too. I am doing much better. He feels like a TENS would work well for me to help release the trigger points and has submitted the approval forms to my insurance company. Since I know nothing about the TENS, I was glad to read that you have the most success with a low frequency TENS. I will check that out.

I believe that I have had so much success with my splint because my TMJ specialist has been so diligent. His lab technician told me that Dr. Joe had gone over my case a thousand times. I really appreciate how patient he has been. He said this is the most difficult case he has ever worked with, but he is determined to successfully treat me. I wish everyone could find a TMJ specialist as dedicated as mine is. I do know the difference. He is the fourth TMJ specialist I have seen in the past five years.

I wish you well with the TENS treatment.

Hi GenDen,

So glad to hear that you're doing well with the Bionator and splint treatments !! I'm still quite open to using a Bionator if I could get someone in my area who knew how to adjust mine. The dentist I am seeing now, was recommended to me, on the basis that he would adjust my Bionator, but he decided to go with this neuromuscular splint instead. Fortunately, it was almost totally covered by my insurance. I had found the Bionator to provide me with more consistent night time help then what I've obtained from anything else, so if I could find someone in my area who could adjust it for me, I would likely still be interested in that. For now, I'm very thankful to God that the Tens I'm using, is providing me with pretty good relief.

Have a great day,

John

 
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