Using a TENS Machine for Back Pain

Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms, like an ache, tension or stiffness in the back. In most cases, it gets better within 12 weeks and can usually be successfully treated by taking painkillers and keeping mobile.

A TENS machine is widely used by back pain sufferers to help manage and reduce the pain.

In TENS therapy for pain management, a small, battery-operated device delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes placed near the source of pain. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain that “scramble” normal pain perception.

Suggested electrode placement and settings for LOWER BACK PAIN

Using both leads, position the electrodes either side of the spine, at the site of pain.

MODE: C Mode

PULSE WIDTH: 260

PULSE RATE: 50-80Hz

OUTPUT: Adjust to the most comfortable intensity