TENS application for hand pain

Woman holding hand due to pain. Hand pain can be treated with a TENS device.

In many cases, TENS treatment of the hand can reduce the pain to a minimum and possibly achieve complete freedom from pain[1]. This applies to both chronic and acute hand pain.

A TENS device can relieve pain in two different ways. The electrical impulses block the transmission of pain to the brain. The TENS treatment also stimulates the body to release endorphins[2]. Endorphins are endogenous pain-relieving substances. Pain therapy also promotes blood circulation in the hand[3].

TENS electrode placement for hand pain

TENS can help you with hand pain in the palm of your hand or in the back of your hand. To do this, attach the electrodes as shown in the figure. The small round electrodes with a diameter of 3 cm are ideal for the palms of the hands. However, you can also use the 4x4 cm electrodes.

Buy the appropriate electrode now
  • This guide is for orientation purposes and does not replace the supervision of a doctor or therapist. Please follow the warnings and safety instructions of your device. Changes and errors are possible.

  • Number inside the circle: Channel number

    Circle color: Red = Electrode 1, Black = Electrode 2

Please note when using TENS:

The intensity should be adjusted so that it is felt as a pleasant tingling sensation. The duration of the application should be approx. 40 minutes in order to be able to achieve a lasting reduction in pain. It also makes sense to switch programs every now and then.

What causes hand pain?

  • From everywhere

    You can use TENS therapy anywhere. It doesn't matter whether you're sitting comfortably on the sofa or in the office.

  • Drug free

    TENS pain therapy is an alternative to drug pain treatment

  • At any time

    You can use TENS flexibly and at any time. Success can already be achieved after the first treatment

  • Free of side effects

    When used correctly, pain treatment with TENS has practically no side effects

Studies and scientific sources

[1] Stralka, SW, Jackson, JA & Lewis, AR (1998). Treatment of hand and wrist pain. AAOHN Journal, 46(5), 233-236. https://doi.org/10.1177/21650799980460050

[2] Ortu, E., Pietropaoli, D., Mazzei, G., Cattaneo, R., Giannoni, M., & Monaco, A. (2015). TENS effects on salivary stress markers: A pilot study. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 114-118. https://doi.org/10.1177/0394632015572072

[3] Cramp, Gilsenan, Lowe & Walsh. (2000). The effect of high- and low-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation upon cutaneous blood flow and skin temperature in healthy subjects. Clinical Physiology, 20(2), 150-157. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2281.2000.00240.x

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