Tens Unit Pad Placement- 9 Tips For Effective Use:
1. Take note of exactly where your pain is located. Outline the most concise and tender area of the pain.
2. Always use two pads (one channel) or four pads (two channels) at the same time depending upon the type of TENS unit that you have as it will not work with just one pad.
3. You can alter the flow of the electrical sensation if you change the distance between the electrode pads and/or the direction of the pads.
4. The pads can be placed in one of three directions 1. vertical 2. horizontal 3. angulated.
5. The pads should never touch and should be at least, 2 cm apart. As the distance between the two pads increases the effectiveness decreases.
6. It is advisable not to place the pads directly over a joint such as the knee, elbow or ankle as its movement can alter the adherence of the pad.
-advice on which direction to place the pads:
7. When the pain extends across a significant distance of your body (e.g. low back to just above the back of the knee): Place one of the pads vertically at the top of the pain and the other pad vertically at the bottom of the pain.
8. When the pain is more focused over a smaller area (e.g. calf pain): Place pads in parallel on each side of the pain.
9.When the pain is wide (e.g. between your shoulders below the neck): Place the pads to the left and right side of your spine in a vertical direction. If pain extends out even further above or below the shoulder area, the pads can be angulated to encompass the region of discomfort.
General System, Nerves
Bad Blood Circulution
Tens & EMS
What is TENS?
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
TENS is a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical pulses for pain relief.
Electrical Nerve Stimulation therapy may work in several ways: 1)The gentle electrical pulses move through the skin to nearby nerves to block or shut out the pain message from ever reaching the brain from the source of the pain. 2)The gentle electrical pulses increase the production of the body’s natural pain killer- such as endorphins. 3)The electrical stimulation improves blood circulation as well. Muscles contract and relax with the flow of the electrical stimulation. With repeated contracting and relaxing, the blood flows in and out and the blood circulation is improved.The Pain relief product are portable electronic devices that generates special electrical pulses which can block the transmission of pain signals to your brain. No pain signals – no pain! The TENS pain relief systems also encourages the release of endorphins- the body’s natural pain killers.
eliminate both chronic and acute pain from almost any cause
TENS units may help treat the following symptoms:
- Period pain
- Postoperative pain
- Joint Pain
- Neck and back pain
- Any nerve related pain
-They may also alleviate pain that results from the following conditions:
- Painful diabetic nephropathy
- Spinal cord injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sport injury
What is EMS?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
EMS, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation ( NMES ) or electromyostimulation , is the elicitation of muscle contractionusing electric impulses.
The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated.The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system , causing the muscles to contract.
Electrical muscle stimulation can be used as a training, therapeutic, or cosmetic tool.
- It can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes
- It could be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients
- It could be used as a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes
- Strength enhancement and performance gains