How to Place Electrode Pads for Effective TENS Therapy

How to Place Electrode Pads for Effective TENS Therapy

While you may be familiar with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, also known as TENS therapy, you may not have the same level of knowledge and experience that a physical therapist or doctor will have when it comes to perfectly placing TENS therapy electrode pads for their most effective use. Luckily, HiDow International is here to help by providing you with a handful of guidelines to place electrode pads for effective TENS therapy sessions at home with some of the most user-friendly TENS therapy devices. If you are interested in learned more about how to treat specific areas with TENS devices, you can read about how to treat neck pain with HiDow.

Locate Where the Pain Is

When you feel chronic muscular pain in your body, you may be inclined to take up the use of painkillers or over the counter medication to help alleviate the pain. That being said, there are more effective ways that you can target specific areas of pain with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. First, you need to locate the precise area of the pain. If the pain is in your neck, for example, you will need to identify if it is also in your shoulders or upper back as well. Try to zero in on a concise area that you can target with the electrode pads.

Always Follow the Device Instructions

It is always recommended that you follow the directions of use for the specific TENS device such as the Pro Touch 6-12 that you are using for the best and safest results! That’s due to the fact that TENS devices vary in the number of electrodes and channels that they use as well as whether the device is wireless or wired! All of these factors matter.

Generally, you will need to use both pads that are available on each channel (always an even number; 2 or 4 electrode pads) in order for your HiDow device to work properly.

Find Comfortable Placement

Finding the right placement for electrode pads really comes down to what is comfortable for you and what helps curb the pain signals best. In the case of using TENS therapy for chronic neck pain, specific placements will be around your shoulders and upper back in strategic points that will help cancel out the pain signals.

You can place the electrode pads closer or further apart in order to alter the flow of electrical sensation or by switching up the direction of the pads from vertical to horizontal and vice versa.

Tens for Concentrated Pain – if the pain is concentrated in a small area, such as your neck or calf, then the best electrode placement will be parallel to the pain. See: How to Use TENS to Treat Neck Pain.

Tens for a Large Area – for pain that is spread out across a larger area of your body such as your lower back, you will want to place the pads to the left and to the right of the affected area vertically or horizontally. The wider that the electrode pads are spread out across the affected area, the more effective the TENS device will be in helping alleviate pain.