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USING ELECTRICITY TO END PAIN
Many patients will say it has a “feel” similar to a TENS unit but the device is much more complex and sophisticated. A TENS unit produces between 1 and 100 Hz of frequency and is able to distract the patient from their pain by vibrating the injured tissue. A Hako-Med can generate frequency up to 20,000 Hz. When exposed to these higher frequencies you cause a biochemical reaction that expends cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). In other words, it uses up the chemicals that cause pain. A complete block will usually happen in about 20 minutes. This is not possible with a TENS unit or less complex electrical stimulator that does not use these higher frequencies.