TENS pad placement for poor blood circulation
Prevent poor blood circulation wit TENS
Poor blood circulation often occurs with increasing age and mostly the legs, arms and feet are affected. The most common cause is inactivity, which results in poor blood flow. A lot of people suffer from inactivity because their movement is limited due to diseases and other types of pain.
Because of the poor circulation the affected body parts weren’t supported enough with oxygen and nutrients, which can lead in the long-term to functional limitation and damage of the muscles and organs. The worst case scenario is an amputation. To prevent poor blood circulation, a TENS machine can help.
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.
Our TENS machine and electrode pad recommendations
The correct electrode pad placement for poor blood circulation
On this photo you see an example of the electrode pad placement for the blood flow increasing TENS therapy on the legs with our universal 4x4 cm electrode pads. With these pads you can also treat the arms and feet with a TENS machine.
TENS application with special electrode pads for poor blood circulation
Instead of the electrode pads you could also use our stimulation current socks, which are available in two different sizes. TENS socks can also be used for pleasant stimulation current massages of the foot reflex zones, which is also possible with our TENS EMS combo machine STIM-PRO X9. For the application on the knees you could also use our special electrode bandage.
Special electrode pads for TENS therapy
The optimal TENS machine for your application - Program recommendation for poor blood circulation
For TENS EMS units from axion, we recommend the following programs for pain therapy.
TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
The programs P02 and P31, P32 (Massage) are generally used here.
To the device: TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
The program P02 is generally used here.
To the device: TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
TENS Machine STIM-PRO COMFORT
The program P03 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.
Symptoms of poor blood circulation
You can differentiate between acute and chronic circulatory disturbances. Acute poor circulation occurs suddenly and without warning. Often the cause is a vessel occlusion and should be classified as a medical emergency. You should call an ambulance immediately to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How can you recognize acute circulatory disturbances? The symptoms are numbness, cold and pale skin of the affected area, pain and no noticeable pulse.
The cause for chronic poor blood circulation can be arteriosclerosis. Therefore deposits in the arteries impede the blood flow. If not treated the deposits increase with time and could seal in the worst case.
Symptoms for poor blood circulation:
- - Longer wound healing
- - Cold and pale skin
- - Numbness
- - Pain
- - No noticeable pulse
If these symptoms occur frequently or permanently, we recommend you to see a doctor, who can give you a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan.
What causes poor blood circulation?
Arteriosclerosis, embolism, thrombosis or vasculitis can be the cause for poor blood circulation. As mentioned before, inactivity plays an important role, but there are many more factors, which increase the risk of poor blood circulation. These are:
- - Inactivity
- - Unbalanced diet
- - Overweight
- - Diabetes
- - Cardiovascular disease
- - Hypertension
- - Smoking
There are also a few circumstances where you shouldn't use a tens machine:
- Heart diseases or cardiac arrhythmia
- Cardiac pacemakers
- Open wounds
The electrode pads must not be placed above the heart, on the larynx or the carotid artery. We composed the correct electrode pad placement for every application for you.
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Studies and scientific sources
 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