Using a TENS Machine to relieve pain associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful disorder of the hand caused by pressure on your median nerve as it runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Symptoms include numbness, pins and needles, and pain (particularly at night). Anything that causes swelling inside the wrist can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, including repetitive hand movements, pregnancy and arthritis.

A TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical muscle stimulation) has been shown to ease the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Suggested electrode placement

Using both channels, place an electrode on both sides of the hand and wrist.

Setting

For Muscle Spasms:

-Mode: N:Nomal

-Pulse width: 250usec

-Pulse rate: 10 Hz

-Output: Adjust to most comfortable muscle contraction intensity

For Pain Control:

- Mode: M - modulation

- Pulse Width: 60usec

- Pulse Rate : 150 Hz

- Output: Adjust to most comfortable sensory intensity

Treatment session

- Use for 30-60 minutes per session, at least 3 times per day or as directed by your physician