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How to Use a TENS Machine - And How to Know You're Using It Properly

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How to Use a TENS Machine?

If you're asking how to navigate the world of TENS therapy, how to apply your gel pads, how to set intensities, and how to use a TENS machine, you may have either just received your device or have been considering buying one. Congratulations! You're taking the right steps toward being educated on TENS and relieving pain. Find out how to use your machine below.

Directions to Using a TENS Machine

Whether you have DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System or a different TENS unit, the following directions should help walk you through how to properly use a TENS machine for pain relief.

 1. Unpack Your TENS Unit

Open your unit and ensure that you have the portable device and the self-adhesive pads. If the machine you selected requires a battery, ensure that working batteries are inserted or that the unit is fully charged.

2. Correctly Place Gel Pads

First, identify the area of pain you would like to place your gel pads. Wet the gel pads or use a gel pad gel to ensure they will adhere to the skin. Place several gel pads on the area where you experience pain. Make sure the pads are connected to the machine.
Never place the pads:

On the head
On the throat/ front of neck
On the eyes
On the chest
Over a pacemaker
Over wounds or tumors

3. Power On

Time to turn on your TENS device and power up!

4. Select an Intensity

Depending on the device you have chosen there may be a variety of intensity levels. Start on a low intensity and gradually increase the intensity to your comfort level. You should feel a massaging action and a deep sensation in the muscles.

5. Select a Mode

Not every TENS machine comes with specific modes. If your machine does, choose one you would like to try. Each module should simulate a different massage technique or sensation. Start with a gentle mode and work your way up to trying a more vigorous setting.

6. Set an Automatic Timer

If you are planning on using your machine for an extended period of time, set a timer. It is not recommended that a TENS machine be overused. If you are using the machine before bed or believe you may doze off, set a timer for 10 or 20 minutes. Many devices have built in timers. If yours doesn't, set one on your phone or clock.

DR-HO'S Pain Therapy Modules

The Pain Therapy System has a variety of modules that create different sensations. If you are unsure how to use a TENS machine, start with understanding the unit's modes. If you are an owner of The Pain therapy System or The Pain Therapy System Pro you can recognize the following modules:

Module 1:

Feels like thumb kneading, palm kneading, finger tapping and percussion. Use this setting on localized pain or tender points such as fibromyalgia pain.

Module 2:

Feels like pounding, chopping, cupping and oscillating squeezing. Use this on larger muscle groups with larger gel pads. Back pain or leg pain would be quickly alleviated under this mode.

Module 3:

Feels like gentle fingers lightly rubbing the muscles, then lightly squeezing the muscles, followed by a stronger squeeze. Use this mode before bed for a relaxing transition into a more intense pain relief.

How Do You Know You're Using The TENS Machine Properly?

Using a TENS machine for the first time shouldn't be rocket science. There are a few common mistakes that TENS users do that can lead to the misuse of the machine. A few of these include:

  • Not wetting the gel pads to make sure they stick
  • Not double-checking the batteries are properly inserted.
  • Starting on an intensity that is too high
  • Using the machine for over an hour at a time/ not setting a timer
  • Not checking that the pads and wires are connected to the unit
  • Placing the pads on areas they shouldn't be (eyes, head, chest, etc)

Get More Information on How to Use a TENS Machine

Read the article TENS Machine: This is Everything You Need to Know for more information on how TENS therapy works, which symptoms it can help alleviate, and much more. Visit our website and check out The Pain Therapy System.

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Sources:

  1. DR-HO'S. TENS Machine Side Effects: Is TENS Therapy Safe? Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/05/01/tens-machine-side-effects/
  2. DR-HO'S. TENS Machine: This is Everything You Need to Know. Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/04/13/tens-machine-guide/
  3. DR-HO'S. How Do TENS Machines Work? Living Pain Free. https://drhonow.com/drhonowblog/2017/05/01/how-do-tens-machines-work/
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