TENS application for carpal tunnel syndrome

Woman holding her arm in the wrist area as she suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Those affected by carpal tunnel syndrome experience numbness and tingling in their hands, which is often accompanied by pain. Treatment with a TENS device can improve motor skills and reduce hand pain[1].

Electrical impulses are transmitted to the skin by a stimulation current device, which on the one hand block the transmission of pain from the nerves to the brain and on the other hand stimulate the body to release endorphins[2]. Endorphins are endogenous and pain-relieving substances. In addition, the TENS treatment can promote blood circulation[3].

TENS electrode placement in carpal tunnel syndrome

You need a device with at least two channels for the application. In order to be able to effectively relieve the pain, we recommend the electrodes around Ø 3.2 cm, the electrode set for fingers and wrist or the 4x4cm electrodes. Attach the electrodes as shown.

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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.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Video tutorial for TENS application for carpal tunnel syndrome

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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] Stralka, SW, Jackson, JA & Lewis, AR (1998). Treatment of hand and wrist pain. AAOHN Journal, 46(5), 233-236. https://doi.org/10.1177/216507999804600502

[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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