TENS 7000 instructions anyone can understand
If the manual for the TENS 7000 unit had a Wikipedia page, this would be its ‘Simple English’ article, or at least that’s the goal we will hopefully have accomplished by the time you finish reading it. The first step is to create a checklist of items. You’re going to need a TENS 7000 device, a 9 volt alkaline or rechargeable battery, lead wires, electrode pads, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, water-based gel, and medical tape. Many of those items are included when you buy a TENS unit from Discount Medical Supplies; others are household items which should be part of your first aid kit anyway (if you don’t have one, check our Compact First Aid Kit).
Insert the battery into the compartment on the back of the unit, but do not turn it on yet. Each lead wire can be connected to two electrodes, and that alone should tell you which end of the wire goes into the electrode pad connectors. Connect the second lead wire into another set of electrodes if you’re going to treat two body parts at the same time, always checking that no bare wire is ever showing. Most TENS devices come with two lead wires and four electrodes; you can also buy more separately if you need replacement parts.
While the unit is still off, take the lead wire and connect the end that has a plug in the shape of an L into the channel 1 outlet on the top of the device. Once again, if you are going to use the second set of electrodes, connect its corresponding lead wire into the channel 2 outlet, which should be right next to the channel 1 socket. Now we’re going to ask you to put down the TENS 7000 for a while as you prepare to wash the area to be treated.
Use soap and water and then pat the area dry; next, rub the skin with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball. Your doctor may have recommended a skin preparation when he prescribed electrotherapy treatment. More often than not, this comes in the form of the aforementioned water-based gel; otherwise, follow your doctor’s instructions. These measures are taken to maximize the electrodes’ conductivity and thus the effectiveness of the treatment.
The underside of the electrode has a protective film; this is the right time to remove it. Most electrode pads are self-adhesive; if that’s not the case, use the medical tape to tape them on. Place the second electrode on the opposite side of the treatment site. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure about electrode placement.
Turn the device on, and turn the channel 1 amplitude dial clockwise till you hear it beep two times. Adjust the mode button to the setting that your physician has recommended. Use the set button to adjust the pulse rate and pulse width to the appropriate settings. The timer may be set in 5-minute increments up to 90 minutes (in addition to a continuous mode); ideally your doctor has advised an appropriate treatment length, so set the timer accordingly. The amplitude of the stimulation may be increased by turning the channel 1 amplitude dial clockwise to the recommended setting. By now you can guess that you can do likewise with the channel 2 dial if you’re using the two pairs of electrodes.
Once the timer finishes, you can turn the unit off, and proceed to peel off the pads, unplug the lead wires from the channel outlets, disconnect the wires from the electrodes, and put the device away in its carrying case. Wash gel off, dry your skin, and you’re done.
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