TENS pad placement for the lumbar spine
What are the causes of pain in the lumbar spine?
In the course of life, the intervertebral discs lose more and more fluid. They shrink permanently bit by bit and thus reduce the suspension between the vertebrae. The muscle tension decreases more and more and pain occurs. Acute back pain in the area of the lumbar spine usually has a harmless cause.
It is caused by muscle tension due to poor posture, lack of exercise, one-sided strain, heavy carrying or lifting, or stress. Muscle tension often leads to hardening of the muscles, which in turn leads to increased sensitivity to pain. Pain-causing diseases in this area are, for example, slipped discs, sciatica syndrome, rheumatic diseases, arthrosis and the dreaded lumbago with a painful forced posture and great restriction of movement.
TENS units and electrodes recommendations
How a TENS machine can help you with lower back pain
A TENS application can provide rapid improvement especially for all tension-related pain conditions. It promotes blood circulation and thus the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the treatment area. This can lead to a rapid reduction in pain. Even a prophylactic TENS application can prevent tension. In case of chronic pain, the electronic impulses of the TENS machine prevent the pain stimuli from being transmitted to the brain via the nerves. By blocking the transmission of pain stimuli, pain relief is usually rapid. A further parameter setting promotes the release of the body's own hormones, the endorphins. These achieve a pain-dampening effect. For a TENS treatment on the back, pads that adhere well and have a low resistance are important. Especially along the spine. Then the electrical stimuli can be passed on evenly along the entire length of the back. This also addresses the back extensor muscle (Musculus erector spinae).
The correct use of TENS for the lumbar spine
Fight your lumbar spine with the TENS stimulation current therapy. Attach the appropriate specially designed pad for pain therapy with a TENS machine as shown in the figure. Alternatively you can use the Elbow Pad against Arthrosis.
The optimal TENS machine for your application - recommendation of the program
For TENS EMS machines from axion, we recommend the following programs for pain therapy
TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
The programs P01, P04 or P15 are generally used here.
To the device: TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
The program P07 are generally used here.
To the device: TENS Gerät STIM-PRO T-400
TENS Machine STIM-PRO COMFORT
The program P02 is generally used here.
To the device: TENS-Gerät STIM-PRO COMFORT
The current strength should be set 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 is also useful to change the programs every now and then.
TENS units and electrodes recommendations
Video instruction for the treatment of the lumbar spine with TENS
Train your muscles to prevent pain
After the TENS treatment, you can use the programs P29 or P30 to loosen the muscles to relieve tension. Adjust the intensity so that you feel slight muscle twitches. You can use the relaxation for 10 to 20 minutes.
You can strengthen your muscles with EMS training. Especially due to many activities in a sitting position, the back muscles atrophy. With the EMS program P17 you can optimally build up your muscles. Choose an intensity just below the pain threshold for the best effect. You should feel clear contractions. The application should not last longer than 4 minutes at the beginning, with a little practice you can increase to 6 minutes. Afterwards, you can use the muscle relaxation with P29 and P30 again to avoid muscle soreness.
TENS in combination with heat therapy
You can enhance the effect of your TENS treatment with heat therapy. Heat therapy promotes blood circulation and loosens the muscles. The use of heat is particularly suitable for muscular tension.
Moor heat pack: Due to the filling of natural moor, these heat pads can store the heat longer and release it more evenly than other heat pads, e.g. cherry pit pads.
Hot water bottle: The hot water bottle is a classic in heat therapy that stands out due to its easy application. You only have to fill in warm water. The hot water bottles are also available with a variety of different covers.