How to use a TENS unit for neck pain?

tens unit for neck pain

Above all things, a TENS unit for neck pain must be used by placing the electrodes on the back of the neck – as shown in this infographic. Applying electrode pads to the front of the neck or throat may result in spasm of the laryngeal and pharyngeal muscle. That aside, the exact placement of electrodes for successful relief may vary from one user to another, as do the settings and length of treatment sessions. The following are recommendations and are not meant to replace the advice of a certified, licensed physician.

TENS unit for neck pain

 

Settings

Treatment session

 

 

Cervical pain

·         Mode: C

·         Pulse width: 100 to 150

·         Pulse rate: 60 to 100 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available till initial relief.

·         30 min., 3 times a day afterward.

 

 

Chronic cervical strain

·         Mode: M

·         Pulse width: 160

·         Pulse rate: 30 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available for first four days.

·         4 to 5 hours a day afterward.

 

 

Chronic cervical spine pain

·         Mode: M

·         Pulse width: 200

·         Pulse rate: 10 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available for first four days.

·         4 to 5 hours a day afterward.

 

 

Cervical osteoarthritis

·         Mode: C

·         Pulse width: 100 to 150

·         Pulse rate: 100 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available till initial relief.

·         20 to 30 min., 3 times a day afterward.

 

Unilateral cervical spine pain

·         Mode: M

·         Pulse width: 100

·         Pulse rate: 100 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available till initial relief.

·         30 min., 3 times a day afterward.

 

Cervical degenerative arthritis

·         Mode: C

·         Pulse width: 100

·         Pulse rate: 100 Hz

·         Output: most comfortable level of intensity

·         24 hours is available till initial relief.

·         30 min., 3 times a day afterward.

Neck Pain

Symptoms of neck pain include burning, aching, throbbing, shooting and other bothersome sensations. Among the cause are muscle strains, worn joints, nerve compression, injuries, and disease. It is important to note that TENS device relieves the symptoms – namely pain – but does not address the causes. The underlying root as well as the cure – if available – for neck pain must be determined by a doctor. Since treatment may be long term, the physician may also prescribe a TENS unit to keep the pain under control for in the meantime, for instance an InTENsity 10 which has preset program for the neck, among nine other parts of the body.