It really depends on what brand/type of TENS unit you purchased. I have two different types of units. One is a more expensive unit with multiple higher settings and pulsing options.
I actually use my cheaper unit (Icy Hot Smart Relief brand that can be bought from the store) a lot more. It can be worn easily under clothes (no wires) and has one lower (but effective) setting. It helps tremendously with lower back and leg spasms and pain.
I purchased a cheap tens machine about a month ago on the advice of my physiotherapist.
I can't say it does much for relieving pain but I do like the feeling when it's on. Its kind of distracting and relaxing. I play around with the settings and I keep upping the intensity until I find one i like that's not too strong.
The most helpful thing I've found is sometimes my muscles in my sides feel really tight which is really uncomfortable, the tens has helped to relax the muscles enough for me to get comfy/fall asleep.
I've read that it really helps some people, hopefully you are one of those people 😊❤️
I pray I am my friend loves hers she said it really helps her. I used it last night twice and to be honest my back and neck are still sore but oddly my headache isn't as bad as it usually is. I'm going to ask my friend to stick the pads on this morning in work and use it throughout the day. I guess it's just trial and error for us all xxx 💕
I just purchased a tens machine. I am just going over some YouTubes before I use it. There are some videos about how to use it. Areas to apply and where not to. How it works. Who should not be using it. Beets
Thanks Beets I did that last night. Yesterday I felt amazing only needed half amount of painkillers and my headaches were nearly gone couldn't believe it! Today though my muscles are very sore like I have been to the gym or something and I don't know if that's normal or I have over used it or had it too high. x
I love my TENS...my understanding is there are two settings. I found the conventional setting very relaxing, but without lasting pain relief. The other setting, acupuncture, isn't as relaxing but gives me as much as an hour of pain relief.
Conventional setting: frequency setting between 80 - 150 Hz, pulse width approx 60 Acupuncture setting: frequency setting 10 Hz, pulse width approx 200
You should be able to set or program Hz and pulse width. I set mine and leave them. When I turn it on, I can set how strong you want it. I hope that helps.
Mine is a simple one it only has kneading, massage and tapping settings. The tapping is the one can bear the most but the kneading feels like wee needles/electric shocks and makes me jump and twitch it's really uncomfortable but it was the one that give me the longest pain relief but does that sound normal? My intensity settings go from 1-8 and I can go 5-6 on tapping but only 3-4 on the others as they are really sore xx
The different setting are doing those settings I talked about behind the scenes for you, pre selecting your frequency and width. So, you really should be needing different intensity depending on setting. My physiotherapist says to stick to the one that feels best for you and gives you the most relief. Just because you've got all those settings doesn't mean you have to use them ( :
Can your therapist help you set the settings? Mine usually helps alot but the placement is key. If you are sore you probably either had it on too long or the settings were too strong. My unit is a dual unit meaning I have a regular tens setting that I have programmed to slowly amp up. Then if I plug into the other port it can be an e-stimulator which can be downright painful. The e-stimulator is typically used for building muscle strength, not really pain relief. On a totally humorous side never take one of the pads off while the unit is on, you will get a shock. I had my unit on my shoulder and decided to move one pad while the unit was on....well let's just say I wish it was on camera because my arm flew in the air several times, like a bird flapping its wing. Shocked the hell out of me, I screamed, tears shot out of my eyes (I was not actually crying) and the best part was I could not reach the controls. I ended up yanking the thing off of me. Then I laughed until I was crying. It was a site alright. Hope ya'all had a laugh I did, when it was over. Trust me just don't do it.
Yes LMB, I had that delightful experience with TENS, too. So stimulating. My unit was very expensive in it's own suitcase with all the extras that insurance paid for for my Mother who had severe disabling RA. Unfortunately, it did not help with my nerve pain & I became allergic to the gummy stuff on the pads. She felt it helped her, though.
Oh my goodness LMB That sounds sore. One of my pads fell off today and the unit switched off so mine must turn off if it's not touching something. Dlwc58 I think I definitely had mine up too high AND on too long. xx
I have had a tens unit and I love them but I lost mine and have to purchase another one. The important thing about a T.E.N.S unit for it to be effective is to understand its concept. Many people feel that they are suppose to put it on a pain site and it is to relieve pain. That is completely wrong. The science behind a T.E.N.S unit is that our pain is a result of signals of a pain site to the brain and the brain causes pain to allow us to know something is wrong. So the T.E.N.S unit is made to block the signals to the brain thus keeping the brain from causing a reaction to pain. The unit may not be able to block all the signals but maybe quite a few. So you take your pain site as point A and your brain as point B. So the ideal place to put your electrodes is right past your pain sight going towards your brain. E is the electrode. Point A. E---------------Point B. Putting the electrodes over top of a pain site can aggravate the pain. I hope this can help someone.