Start on a low setting and gradually increase it until the sensation feels strong but comfortable. If the tingling sensation starts to feel painful or uncomfortable, reduce it slightly. Switch the TENS machine off after you’ve finished using it and remove the electrodes from your skin.
How do you use electrotherapy?
Attach one pad in front and one in back of the muscle. Attach both pads on either side of the area with pain. Attach both pads on either side of the region where you feel pain. Attach both pads above the knee or above and below the joint with pain.
Where do you put electrotherapy?
To damaged skin (Except for open wounds where the intent is to use electrical stimulation to heal tissue. In these cases, therapy should be guided by a skilled therapist.) Near or over eyes or mouth, front or side of neck, or on the head. Near reproductive organs or genitals.
How long should you do electrotherapy?
You can safely use a TENS machine as often as you like. Usually for 30-60 minutes up to 4 times daily. TENS can provide relief for up to four hours.
When should you use electrotherapy?
When is it best to use TENS? Research has shown that TENS is most helpful for chronic pain when used for at least 30 minutes while you are active. It is less effective when you are sitting still, lying down, or resting.
What are the benefits of electrotherapy?
Depending on your medical or musculoskeletal condition, electrotherapy can offer several key benefits:
- Reduce nerve pain.
- Promote healing of musculoskeletal injuries.
- Have a non-invasive, drug-free pain control.
- Prevent muscle atrophy.
- Increase circulation for wound repair.
- Have a minimal to no side effects.
Where should TENS pads not be placed?
Never place the pads over:
- the front or sides of your neck.
- your temples.
- your mouth or eyes.
- your chest and upper back at the same time.
- irritated, infected or broken skin.
- varicose veins.
- numb areas.
Can electrical stimulation cause nerve damage?
Generally, greater intensity, higher frequency, and longer pulse width stimulation lead to more severe damage in nerve cells (McCreery et al., 2004). In addition, although short-term electrical stimulation is not damaging to nervous tissue, chronic electrical stimulation can damage nerve structure.
Where do you put electrodes for shoulder pain?
If both shoulders are stiff/sore, one electrode is placed on the bulk of the muscle close to the neck and the other is placed closer to the edge of your shoulder. The electrode closer to your shoulder should not be over the top of the bone.
Can you sleep with TENS unit?
Do not use a TENS unit with heating pads or cold packs. Do not use TENS while sleeping.
Can I use EMS everyday?
Can you do EMS Training in the long term? Yes. You should workout in long term and on a regularly basis as this is the only way the strength of the muscles can be maintained as it is with conventional strength training too.
How does electrotherapy reduce pain?
Electrotherapy uses electrical signals to interfere with the transmission of neural pain signals into the brain. It effectively slows down or distracts the message from the nerve to the brain. In this technique, a small electrical device delivers electrical impulses across the skin.
Is electrotherapy good for arthritis?
Electrotherapy has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis (OA) pain and reduce the need for pain medications. It also reduces intensity of the pain. Electrotherapy treats and heals arthritis damage by rebuilding and repairing joint cartilage. It is used to strengthen the muscles that support weakened joints.
What does electrodes do to muscles?
The electrodes take the place of the nerves that normally cause the muscles to move. In a sense, they are exercising independently to increase strength and improve healing. This helps muscles recover faster than they would with only traditional physical therapy. Electrode therapy also provides stress relief.
Does electrotherapy help pinched nerve?
Think of it as acupuncture with electrical stimulation. The advantage of using needles instead of pads means the currents pulse closer to the pinched nerves and muscles. This can provide almost immediate pain relief for some patients.