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Patient Guide to TENS

A. Remove front cover, insert the battery and replace cover.

B. Fit electrode leads into TENS device as shown.

C. Connect the lead wires to the self-adhesive electrodes as shown.

D. Clean the skin. Remove the plastic cover from the electrodes before attaching to the skin. The electrodes must not touch each other.

E. Choose your programme setting as instructed by your clinician.

F. Adjust stimulation level by turning the control.

Suitable for pain relief. The Therapy consists of short electrical pulses where the stimulation may never be so strong that any muscle contractions occur. Electrodes are usually placed on the nerve paths around the pain site. TENS stimulation can be used for pain therapy for the following:

  • Muscle pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgie
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Muscle tension(myalgia)
  • Sinusitis
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Hip and back pain
  • Neuritis etc.

Stimulation pulses vary for both pulse width and stimulation current. The variation is random and built up as: pulse width multiplied by stimulation current being constant. This modulated TENS prevents any habituation to a set pulse width and has the following variables: frequency, pulse width and treatment time.

Modulated TENS stimulation can be used for pain therapy as mentioned for conventional mode. However, for chronic conditions where long-term treatment is required modulated TENS is recommendable.

Stimulation form consisting of short series of pulses with high frequency that are repeated with low frequency. BURST stimulation is used for general pain relief and stimulation must be so strong that muscle contraction is perceived. In general terms the electrode is placed on a large muscle near the pain location. BURST has the following variables: frequency, pulse width and treatment time.

A long-cycle pain relief is given with BURST stimulation due to the fact that the body increases its own production of natural painkillers, the endorphins. BURST stimulation can be used for relief of radiating pain such as: