TENS application for calf pain

Woman holding right calf due to pain. Calf pain can be treated with a TENS device.

Calf pain can be felt with every step, as well as at rest or at night. The causes are quite diverse, from a torn ligament to tension in the calf muscles to sore muscles after jogging or walking. With a TENS device, you can easily relieve calf pain from home. In our blog post we have also put together more tips and tricks for calf pain.

A TENS device transmits electrical impulses to our body via electrodes on the skin. In addition to promoting blood circulation[1], this has two effects on pain relief. On the one hand, the impulses from the electrical stimulation device block the transmission of pain from the calf to the brain. As a result, the calf pain can be felt only slightly or not at all. In addition, treatment with TENS can stimulate the body to release endorphins[2], which are painkilling substances in our body.

TENS electrode placement for calf pain

In the figure you can see the correct electrode placement for calf pain with a TENS device. For the application you need a TENS device with at least 2 channels. We recommend using our special calf electrodes in combination with our TENS/EMS device STIM-PRO X9.

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  • 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.

Video tutorial for TENS application for calf pain

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  • 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] 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

[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

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