Using a TENS Machine
- Ensure the TENS machine is turned off at the dials before applying or removing the electrodes.
Place the pads on, and connect them to the machine. If your pain is
low back pain, you may require some assistance in getting the pads in
the correct position.
- Turn the on/off dial on slowly until you begin to feel a tingling sensation.
It is recommended that you start slowly, beginning at an hour per
day, increasing use up to 6 hours per day as the need arises.
- Once you feel a steady tingling sensation, experiment with the settings until you find what is comfortable for you.
- You may find that one setting works best while you are active, and another setting is best for when you are going to sleep.
Using the Electrodes
- The skin must be clean, dry and free from lotion or hair.
- Always lift the electrodes from the edge, not the lead wire.
- Always replace the electrodes to the “on” side of the storage liner.
- Always store and seal the electrodes in the original package in a cool, dry place.
- Never submerge electrodes or get them wet.
- Rehydrate the gel with a drop of water.
- Using heat or cold packs for long periods of time can cause adhesive separation.
- Electrodes are for single patient use only. Do not share your electrodes.
Do not use a TENS machine if you:
- Have a pacemaker.
- Have a heart problem or a history of cardiac disease.
- Are pregnant. There are no studies that either support or deny use of a TENS machine during pregnancy.
If you require further information, or are unsure at any time
how to use your TENS machine, please contact the Nurses at the Hunter
Pain Clinic on (02) 4985 1800.