Using a TENS Machine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition of the digestive system and it’s estimated that 10% - 20% of the UK population is affected by it at any one time.

IBS can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

The symptoms usually appear for the first time when a person is between 20 and 30 years of age. They tend to come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.

Symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others.

A TENS machine can help to give relief from the painful stomach cramps associated with IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome is shown by the red “pain zone”.

Suggested Electrode Placement -

Place one set of electrodes on the front of the body and the other set on the back of the body as shown in the diagrams. (The grey electrodes show an alternative placement position.)

Suggested TENS Settings -

Mode Normal

Pulse Frequency 50 - 100 Hz

Pulse Width 40 - 75 µs

OUTPUT: Adjust to the most comfortable intensity