Comparing Alpha-Stim vs. TENS for Pain Relief

The question is often asked—how does the technology used by Alpha-Stim compare to the technology used by a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device?

Alpha-Stim Smart Probes being used to treat pain in the knee

In order to understand the difference, we need to first look at the purpose of each device. While a TENS device serves to treat localized pain, Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared to treat pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

When treating pain, Alpha-Stim uses microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) to provide fast, safe and proven effective relief for patients battling chronic, acute and post-traumatic—including post-surgical pain, through the use of either Smart Probes or AS-Trodes.

MET is a form of TENS, however, it uses far less current, while delivering the current in longer pulses. With a TENS device, the current can be several hundred times stronger than with Alpha-Stim. Although TENS can be quick to initially reduce some pain, the body typically accommodates to it, and as a result, maintaining a therapeutic effect requires an increased amount of current.

TENS unit being used to treat arm pain

In contrast, MET and Alpha-Stim’s complex, patented waveform modulates the pain signal, instead of blocking it. The effects from Alpha-Stim are not only fast-acting but long-lasting and cumulative, with patients being able to decrease use over time. There is also a significant amount of research supporting the safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim.

Patient Paul Schaum noted that he experienced “limited use” and “no lasting benefits” from TENS, but saw a significant difference and everything changed when he was introduced to Alpha-Stim.

AS-Trodes being used to treat treat back pain

“I have multiple areas of pain and once was pretty much limited to a wheelchair except for short distances; some days I couldn’t even lift up a pen. I was introduced to Alpha-Stim without being told what it was at a VA doctor’s appointment,” Schaum said. “The amazing effect of the device still astounds me. I have seen it have a similar effect on military, disabled vets and civilians. I am not pain-free, but it is manageable. Drugs were of little help and the untoward side effects were certainly not helpful. My medication list was cut in more than half after being on Alpha-Stim for a brief period. NO, I am not a paid spokesman just a thankful patient.”

As Schaum referenced, in addition to providing lasting relief that is not available with TENS, Alpha-Stim stands apart from prescription pain medications by offering a treatment that comes with no risk of addiction and no lasting side effects.


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