Getting a Grasp on the TENS 3000 Parameter Controls
There are certain terms and concepts that you may not have been familiar with before being in possession of a TENS 3000 pain management unit. Such keywords like pulse duration, pulse rate, treatment mode, and time duration. Since it’s important that you become acquainted with the inner workings of your device, let’s take a more in depth look at these elements, shall we?
Pulse duration is used in concert with intensity to create several different pulse widths, with the goal of targeting as many different nerve fiber groups as possible. It is believed that the wider the pulse duration, the more powerful the intensity will be for any particular setting. The width of pulse duration depends to a certain degree on the selected treatment modes and protocols.
Pulse rate is measured in hertz per second, and the desired pulsation speed is related to the patient’s electrode placement. For example, if the electrodes are applied directly over the pain site to be stimulated (which is known as contiguous and dermatome electrode placement), then setting the pulse rate control at a quick 80Hz or higher would be preferable. Generally speaking, the user should enjoy a steady and continuous stimulation as opposed to being able to distinctly notice the individual pulses. However, there is no one exact setting that works on all patients; each user may have to make slight adjustments to treat their own specific condition.
Treatment mode settings provide users with different pain relieving approaches. For instance, the Burst mode is basically the same as the Low Rate TENS technique, only with low frequency individual pulses being replaced with 7-10 individual pulse bursts. The result is a blend of the aforementioned Low Rate TENS and Conventional TENS methods. Additionally, Modulated mode cycles through treatment intensity to avoid nerve accommodation, while at the same time the patient is able to manually and gradually turn intensity up during the cycle’s periods of low intensity.
As for time duration, pain relief should occur anywhere between a few minutes and half an hour after treatment has started. In most cases, TENS 3000 therapy last an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Pain may begin to come back approximately 30 minutes after application has ended. As a TENS 3000 user you must ask your doctor how long you to apply electrodes to a certain area, and how many times a day you’re able to use electrotherapy to alleviate pain.