Using a TENS Machine for Neck Pain

Neck pain or a stiff neck is a common problem and generally nothing to worry about.

You can get a painful or stiff neck if you sleep in an awkward position; use a computer keyboard for a prolonged period of time, or even from sitting in a draught. Neck pain can also come from injury such as whiplash or conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia. Anxiety and stress can sometimes cause tension in your neck muscles, which can lead to pain in your neck.

Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.

TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a non-invasive, drug-free method of pain relief. It is ideal for the treatment of neckpain. TENS electrode pads are placed on or near the area of pain. TENS uses soothing pulses, sent via the pads, through the skin and along the nerve fibres. The pulses suppress pain signals to the brain. TENS also encourages the body to produce higher levels of its own natural pain killing chemicals - endorphins and encephalins.

Using both leads, position the electrodes at the back of the neck and over the top of your shoulders.

Note: Do not place electrodes on the side or front of the neck.

Suggested settings to produce endorphins in the painful area.

MODE – Constant

PULSE RATE – 20Hz

PULSE WIDTH - 150 µs

OUTPUT: Adjust to the most comfortable intensity