How To Use A Tens Unit For Neck Pain?

Can I use TENS unit on my neck?

The answer is yes.

TENS can be used to relieve neck pain.

You just need take a few precautions like being careful not to place electrodes close to your head or on the front or sides of the neck.

TENS units should never be used near the head area since they send electrical impulses to the body.

Where do you put tens pads for neck pain?

You should place the TENS pads on the back of your neck, at least an inch apart. If your unit has two channels, you can place four pads. If that is the case, put two of the pads on the back of the neck and the other two on top of your shoulder blades.

Can you overuse a TENS unit?

Other side effects from a TENS unit are often down to people not following the guidance and overusing the device or having the intensity set too high. Using the machine too much can make the area being treated sore. While using excessive intensity can make muscles twitch and result in unpleasant sensations.

What settings should I use on my TENS unit?

Setting the Pulse Rate (Frequency)

Acute pain is usually most effective between 80 and 120 Hz. Chronic pain can also benefit from lower settings 2 to 10Hz that stimulates an endorphin release. A setting between 35 and 50Hz is commonly used to stimulate muscles for strengthening or even relaxation.