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Airing Pain 9: Relieving Pain: TENS and acupuncture

 How acupunc­ture and TENS can help relieve pain, plus, a new web ser­vice aim­ing to edu­cate health pro­fes­sion­als about pain

We take a look at the role of the pain spe­cial­ist nurse in the com­mu­ni­ty, eaves­drop­ping on two con­sul­ta­tions giv­en by Kathryn Nur at her nurse-led clin­ic at Ten­by Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal, Pem­brokeshire. We hear how Kath helps her patients, learn­ing about what TENS machines are, how to use them and how they can help those in pain, how acupunc­ture can also help, and the impor­tance of lis­ten­ing to what the patient has to say.

On the con­tentious issue of how lit­tle train­ing med­ical stu­dents receive on pain mat­ters – few­er hours than vets – Ann Tay­lor from the fac­ul­ty of pain med­i­cine at Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty talks about a web ser­vice that may go some way towards redress­ing the imbalance.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: TENS, acupunc­ture, elec­tro-acupunc­ture, web ser­vice, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, pain spe­cial­ist nurs­es, back pain, depres­sion, ache, lis­ten­ing to patients, GPs and insomnia.


  • Kathryn Nur, Spe­cial­ist Pain Nurse, Hywel Dda Health Board, West Wales
  • Richard, Kathryn Nur’s patient
  • Ann Tay­lor, Fac­ul­ty of Pain Med­i­cine, Cardiff University.


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