TENS pad placement for polyneuropathy
How a TENS machine can help you with polyneuropathy
Polyneuropathy is a nervous disease, which affects the peripheral nervous system. 5 to 8 percent of all adults are affected by polyneuropathy, therefore it is the most frequent peripheral nervous system disease.
The symptoms and causes are diverse. Often patients report pain or tingling in the arms and feet, where the feeling is described as “ants creeping under the skin”. Polyneuropathy can be acute or chronic.
The start of the treatment, which most of the doctors recommend, is to focus on the cause of the disease. If it doesn’t work or the cause is unclear, the next step is the treatment of the symptoms. Thereby a TENS machine can help you.
In stimulation current therapy, electrical impulses are transmitted to the skin with the help of the TENS machine via electrode pads. There are two effects of pain relief with TENS. With high frequency, the transmission of the pain to your brain can be blocked, so you won’t perceive the pain.
With low frequency, a TENS machine stimulates your body externally to release endorphins and as a result relieve your pain. TENS also increases blood flow.
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Our TENS machine and electrode pad recommendations
How do I place the electrode pads for polyneuropathy?
For the treatment of pain in the feet, which is caused by polyneuropathy, you can use the combination of our special electrode pad against joint pain for the heels and our big 10x5cm electrode pads for the area of the soles.
Alternative electrode pad placement for polyneuropathy
With our universal 4x4cm electrode pads you can treat pain in the arms or every other body part that is affected by polyneuropathy.
The optimal TENS machine for your application - Program recommendation for polyneuropathy
For TENS EMS units from axion, we recommend the following programs for pain therapy.
TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
The programs P03 and P08 are generally used here.
To the device: TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
The programs P03 and P08 are generally used here.
To the device: TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
TENS Machine STIM-PRO COMFORT
The program P01 is generally used here.
To the device: TENS Machine 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.
What are the symptoms of polyneuropathy?
The symptoms of polyneuropathy can differ. You can divide them into motor, sensory and autonomous symptoms. Symptoms for polyneuropathy are:
- - Tingling (mostly in the legs and arms)
- - Burning
- - Disturbed temperature sensation
- - Pain
- - Hypersensitivity
- - Muscle weakness
- - Toddle
- - Loss of body hair
- - Digestive disorders
- - Disturbed blood flow regulation
What are the causes of polyneuropathy?
Mostly the first step of treatment for polyneuropathy is to eliminate the cause, which can’t be identified everytime. Causes for polyneuropathy are:
- - Diabetes mellitus
- - Alcoholism
- - Medication
- - Chemotherapy
- - Infections (for example HIV)
- - Genetic predisposition
The disease is diagnosed by a doctor, in consideration of the patient's medical history. On this basis further examinations are made, e.g. for diabetes and of the brain.
TENS in combination with muscle stimulation for polyneuropathy
If the patients suffer from motor disorders like muscle weakness or toddle, the strengthening of the muscles can be one of the treatment options.
Building muscles in a targeted way can be achieved and supported by an EMS machine. Our TENS EMS combo machine STIM-PRO X9 offers 14 pre-installed programs for EMS Training.
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Studies and scientific sources
 Schweikert-Wehner, P. (2019). Polyneuropathien: Wenn Medikamente neurotoxisch sind. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 18-20. https://www.doi.org/10.3238/PersNeuro.2019.09.13.03
 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
 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
 Sommer, C., Geber, C., Young, P., Forst, R., Birklein, F., Schoser, B. (2018). Polyneuropathies— etiology, diagnosis, and treatment options. Deutsches Ärzteblatt Int, S. 83-90. https://www.doi.org/10.3238/arztebl.2018.0083
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