Before undergoing orthodontics to fix my bite problem caused by a TMJ issue, I decided to see a neuromuscular dentist to make sure my muscles were relaxed for a proper bite registration. I was hooked up to the TENs for about an hour yesterday morning. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible neck pain and by morning I had a headache as well. It felt like whiplash. It was so bad I had to call in sick to work. Might the TENS have been turned up too high? Is this a common reaction? Should I avoid TENS in the future? Thanks.
I have had a few TENS sessions and the dentist even sent me home with a portable TENS machine that I have used a dozen times. Generally I feel better or the same afterwards. Never felt worse. Most people seem to feel the same way.
I guess if your neck was holding alot of tension and then you relaxed it you could feel some pain as lactic acid fills the muscles to help heal. I would guess thought its something else. Maybe just TMJ being TMJ.
I know my NM dentist says you can't overtens, but I disagree. Each person is different and I know from experience that I have felt very bad from overtensing.
First of all, there can be a build of lactic acid and toxins that are released when you tens, especially so when you first start tensing. When your body isn't used to this, you may react. My NM dentist did give me a head up on this one. He said to drink tons of water before and after tensing at his office, or at home.
Also, certain people are highly sensitive to pain/treatments/stimulus. I am one of them... For example, even the gentlest massage makes my TMJ symptoms worse. When you have a moment, research the term "central sensitization". If this applies to you, as it does to me, you could react to tensing. At a regular setting, the machine may be too high for you and may be on too long for you.