Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation - TENS

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) may only be used with a physician's prescription for symptomatic relief and management of chronic pain (long-term pain which has been present for 2 weeks or more.). It may be used for the treatment of post-traumatic or acute pain (short-term pain due to recent injury or illness, the first 2 weeks).

Function

1. Continuous Mode: Choose "N"

  • Time: 6-8 hours
  • Pulse Width: Turn Pulse control to 250
  • Frequency (Hz): Turn Frequency control to 150

2. Modulation Mode: Choose"M"

  • Time: 6-8 hours
  • Pulse Width: Turn Pulse control to 250
  • Frequency (Hz): Turn Frequency control to 150
  • TENS varies thee amplitude of pulse every four seconds.

3. Burst Mode: Choose "B"

  • Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Intensity: High to patient tolerance
  • TENS produces a series of seven quick pulses followed by a rest which will pump the muscle. The cycle repeats itself twice every second.

Note: Adjusting the pulse frequency has no affect in this mode.

  • Do not use the TENS unit while driving, bathing, or in water, or over eyes, sinus, laryngeal or pharyngeal muscle which may cause contractions strong enough to close the airway.
  • The safety of TENS during pregnancy has not been established and should only be used under the direct supervision of a physician.
  • Be sure to clean the area where the pads are to be applied with alcohol. This insures that the pads last longer and maintain their stickiness.
  • When applying the pads, be sure to place the pads from a common lead wire in a lengthwise orientation.
  • Caution should be observed with the use of TENS for undiagnosed pain of unknown etiology.
  • The use of TENS is contraindicated if you have a pacemaker