Electrodes for TENS Unit Hacks

Are you a chronic pain sufferer like me? Then you’re probably best friends with that walkie-talkie-like machine that doesn’t function like a handheld transceiver at all. Several people who suffer from chronic pain try to resort to alternative modes of pain relief and one of them is through nerve stimulation with the use of a machine and electrodes for TENS unit. This may work well for some. However, there are also those who don’t seem to reap the maximum benefits from the treatment.

Worry not! There are some clever ways to make TENS work for you. Read on and learn some electrode hacks to make TENS therapy more effective.

Note the Location of Pain

Pain may radiate to the different parts of the body. Thus, it is very crucial to take note of the exact location of pain and where it frequently occurs. Draw a human figure and mark the areas where pain is felt. You may also determine whether it is a shooting or throbbing type of pain. Experts suggest that you do this because pain is difficult to assess especially when it has already subsided.

Is Pain Shooting Horizontally or Vertically?

By determining whether the pain shoots horizontally or vertically, you’ll also be able to know where exactly to place the electrodes. You may be required to use all four pads if pain shoots in both directions.

Choose the Right Electrodes for TENS unit

This is also one of the reasons why TENS therapy doesn’t work for some. It’s either because the electrodes are too big or too small for the painful area. There are lots of shapes and sizes of electrodes for TENS unit nowadays, so it’s somewhat unlikely if you can’t find the electrodes that suit your specific needs.

There are small electrodes ideal for the face, hands and other small areas. You can also find long and thin electrodes that can cover both sides of a painful area and butterfly ones for the spine. Just remember the above mentioned hacks for faster and more effective pain relief.

Research on Cancer Pain Utilize Electrodes for TENS Unit

Medical breakthroughs just amaze me every time! Electrotherapy using electrodes for TENS unit has become broadly used across the medical field these days. Although some studies have proven transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to be effective for short term pain relief, its long term benefits as well as its use in cancer therapy, specifically neuropathic pain associated with cancer, still have to be further studied.

Cancer Research UK conducted a study in 2008 to test if nerve stimulation with the use of the device and electrodes for TENS unit is effective in controlling pain caused by cancer, especially cancer that has already metastasized (spread) to the bones which can be extremely painful. According to oncologists, they usually manage cancer pain with high-end pain pills such as biphosphonates and opioids, and radiotherapy. These treatment modalities don’t work for some and are oftentimes associated with some adverse effects. That’s why TENS is viewed to be a good alternative.

Twenty-four participants were recruited in the clinical trial and they were divided into two groups and the study lasted for over a year. Both groups received active and placebo (dummy) TENS. The study utilized both numerical and verbal pain ratings to evaluate the pain level prior and after TENS therapy. Electrodes for TENS unit were then placed on painful areas and each of the participants received the therapy, either active or placebo, for an hour and for another hour a few days later. The majority of the participants find the machine easy to use and that it made them pretty comfortable.
The study found that TENS indeed offered effective pain relief among the participants.

Furthermore, pain relief was also found to be more effective when the patient is moving than resting. One of the pitfalls encountered in the study, though, was recruiting participants. During the entire duration of the study, only 19 subjects managed to stay. The researchers also planned to conduct another study, this time on a larger sample.

This goes to show that TENS therapy really has a lot of benefits.

How to Tone Your Muscles with Syrtenty® TENS Unit Pads

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) isn’t only used to help relieve pain, but tone muscles as well. According to the doctors of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania, the machine comes with different frequencies (depending on the therapy) and TENS unit pads with different shapes and sizes. These are not only utilized by doctors, but professional therapists and patients in their homes as well. The TENS units are portable, lightweight machines that can weigh up to only a few ounces and are usually battery updated.

Step 1

Prior to starting any TENS therapy session, you’ll have to make sure that the area where you’ll place the TENS unit pads is thoroughly cleaned with water and air dried. You have the option to use disposable electrode pads, but premium ones like Syrtenty® electrodes for TENS unit are ideal for home use.

Step 2

If you’re using new TENS unit pads, you need to peel off the adhesive plastic backing, but don’t throw them as these can be used to line the electrodes later. To ensure effective therapy, always use clean pads and use the unit on the specific body parts as advised by your doctor. You also need to ascertain that the pads really stick well, so as to prevent intermittent charges.

Step 3

There are some physical therapists who will preset the machine. If not, always remember to set the machine as recommended by your therapist. You may gradually increase the intensity of the current as abruptly increasing it will shock the muscles. Always consult your therapist on the maximum current intensity you can apply.

You may use the TENS unit for 30 minutes to an hour to help tone the muscles or to relieve pain. However, you may also extend the duration to achieve optimum effect. Apply TENS lotion on the area following the therapy to prevent skin irritation. You have to always follow the instructions of your doctor or therapist to avoid any side effects.

TENS versus EMS: Do both use the same electrodes?

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) with the use of electrode pads has been pretty popular these days. Nearly one-thirds of Americans suffer from chronic pain and I’m one of them. This is why we greatly benefit from electrotherapy using electrodes for TENS unit. I have undergone TENS therapy, countless times that I have somewhat already mastered how this works. However, I’m quite baffled as to how TENS is different from EMS and whether or not they use the same electrodes. The curious cat in me was again stirred and so I decided to do a little research on EMS.

We know for sure that both help relieve pain, but in the next few paragraphs, you’ll learn the main difference between TENS and EMS and whether or not the latter uses the same electrodes for TENS units.

EMS stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation and TENS means Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Judging from the names, you can tell outright that they have different applications. EMS is for muscle stimulation whilst TENS is for nerves. Although the two units may vary in function, they use pretty much the same electrodes. I have tried using Syrtenty® electrodes for TENS unit and I never had any issue on their adhesiveness, so they might as well be used for your EMS unit.

The placement of electrodes during TENS therapy is usually dependent on the location of pain while in EMS, the electrodes are placed near your motor points. Your motor point is the area that has the greatest response during muscle stimulation. There are usually recommended areas during EMS. Nevertheless, it would be best to consult your doctor first because, just like TENS therapy, proper placement of electrodes as well as the choice of electrode pads are also very crucial in EMS as these are the two major factors that would determine the effectiveness of the therapy.

Syrtenty® Electrode Pads Sizes, Shapes, and Specific Uses

It’s been a little while that I’ve been using my Syrtenty® electrodes for TENS unit. Like user, Janet, I’ve been using them daily and they do stand out amongst other brands as they keep their tackiness longer. Aside from that, the electrode pads are also made of cloth, not the usual foam, which makes them very flexible. If you plan on getting replacement electrodes for your TENS machine, you can choose from different pad sizes, depending on the specific body part you intend to use them on.

1-inch Round Electrodes

These electrodes are ideal for the face, hands and other small areas. I usually have a reserve of this electrode size as this is perfect for facial massage which I utterly enjoy having regularly. This size is also commonly used among spas for their TENS facial massage. If you opt for Syrtenty®, each pack contains eight electrodes.

1.5×13 inches Strap Electrodes

If you’re suffering from back pains, this pad size is perfect for you since this can pretty much cover your back and the necessary current strength can be delivered. Rectangular electrodes may also be used for abdominal pains. These come in a pack of four and are premium ones so you may reuse them.

2-inch Square Electrodes

These electrodes are typically used for smaller areas like the neck, elbows, wrists and knees. Syrtenty® 2-inch square electrodes come either in a package of 20 or 44 electrodes.

4.5×6 inches Butterfly Electrodes

Butterfly electrodes are wide enough which make them ideal for back pain and also for neck pain. Some users even use it around their legs.

Syrtenty ® also makes 2”x2” and 2”x4” snap electrodes for TENS unit. You should keep in mind that aside from the proper placement of electrodes, it is also equally important to choose the right size as well as shape of electrode pads to ensure effective TENS therapy.

TENS Electrodes Placement During Knee Surgery

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) therapy has proven its versatility as this is also now used post-surgery, specifically in orthopedic cases. The TENS electrodes are not used, however, during surgery but following it so as to repair the tissues that were damaged during the operation and to relieve pain at the same time.

I’ve tried TENS therapy countless times to help soothe my sore tired feet. Though the TENS machine that I bought came with free electrodes, I opted to use Syrtenty® TENS replacement pads as they really stick well. Nonetheless, it’s my first time to hear that TENS therapy is also being used after orthopedic surgery, particularly on the knee. It made me curious whether or not they’re using the same electrodes that we normally use. I decided to do a little research about it and found out the facts that I’ll be mentioning in the next few paragraphs.

Although the TENS unit pad may also be used during surgery, it is not however required that they are sterile since these electrodes will be placed on the affected areas following the suturing of the wound. The electrodes are attached while the patient is still under anesthesia and unconscious.

The main goals of TENS therapy during and after surgery are to speed up wound healing and to relieve pain at the same time. Electrical stimulation had already been used in the past and this was found to be effective in treating non-healing decubitus ulcers, as well as non-union fractures. Electrotherapy works in improving local blood circulation, so it would really help all kinds of wound to heal.

The most popular surgical use of TENS is during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in the knee. Oftentimes, the TENS electrodes are being placed directly above the knee on both sides. In this case, the current is said to just flow above the injured tissues. To promote healing better and quicker, the TENS electrodes should instead be placed on the calf and the other on the thigh, just 3 to 4 inches above the knee. This placement method is found to be effective as this directs the electrical current towards the surgical site and also controls pain through the stimulation of the afferent nerves.

Syrtenty® TENS unit replacement pads, with its quality adhesiveness and conductivity, would sure aid in healing the knee post-surgery.

How to Place Syrtenty® TENS Unit Electrodes During Labor

All mothers who had normal delivery giving birth can relate to one another when it comes to labor pains. It’s inescapable! How do you obtain the fastest pain relief during labor using Syrtenty® TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit pads? The very key to fast pain relief using TENS therapy is the proper placement of electrodes. The same is true for all the other indications of TENS therapy, whether to relieve labor pains or soothe sore tired feet.

Since labor pain is one of the worst types of pain a woman could experience, properly placing the electrodes would help alleviate pain brought about by uterine contractions. You don’t have to be a healthcare practitioner for you to master the right way of placing the electrodes. Here are some helpful tips on how to do that.

Know the Placement of the First and Second TENS Unit Electrodes

Like every procedure, it is important to know what you have to do first. Initially, you need to know where the first electrode should be placed. Earlier during the onset of labor, place the first electrode just three finger width below your shoulder blade and one finger width across the spine. To facilitate ease in determining the exact location, you may try to move your arm backwards to get a better view of your shoulder blade. See to it that the wire is leading down. Do the same thing with the second electrode on the opposite side.

Place the Third and Fourth Electrodes Just Above the Sacrum

Since you already know where to place the first two electrodes for TENS unit, it’s much easier to place the third electrode this time. The bottom end of the pad should be placed just above the sacrum and the wire should be pointing up. Repeat the same process with the fourth electrode.

When all of the electrode pads are already placed properly, the wires should then be attached to the device. You’ll know that the device is already working when you can already feel a tingling sensation. You may adjust the strength of the current depending on your comfort level.

A TENS machine is not only for regular body pains. Together with Syrtenty® TENS unit pads, it can work wonders during labor. Just make sure to follow the instructions mentioned above to get the maximum pain relief from your TENS.

How to Improve Adhesiveness of Your Syrtenty® TENS Electrodes

Before satisfied user with the pen name “Fassaction” got introduced to Syrtenty ® TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) electrodes, he had been in dire need of some new replacement pads for the TENS 7000 unit he’s been using. He’d been rocking the original four (4) electrodes that came with the unit, and it seems that they had already seen better days and failed to excellently stick on the skin. As usual, Amazon saved the day when he stumbled upon these Syrtenty® electrodes. He ordered them online and the package was speedily delivered straight to his home. The product also really works perfect as advertised and he has no issues connecting them to the machine. Syrtenty® TENS unit pads, according to him, are truly “amazeballs” deals.

Nevertheless, if you’re having issues sticking the TENS unit replacement pads you’re using right now for whatever reason, here are a few things you can do to improve the adhesiveness of the electrodes.

Cleanse Your Skin

Your skin must be squeaky clean before applying electrode pads. You can do it by washing it thoroughly with soap and water before sticking the TENS unit pads. Do not also attempt to apply other products like cream, oil, lotion and even alcohol as these are likely to reduce the adhesiveness of the electrodes. Moreover, you should not forget to keep the site healthy by applying special TENS solutions on the skin following a therapy session.

Check the Gel Surface for Moisture

One of the reasons why TENS electrodes won’t stick is because their gel surfaces are covered with moisture usually from sweat, dead skin cells and oils. You can tell if there’s too much moisture on the gel surface if the pad doesn’t easily stick with a gentle touch of your fingertip. If that is the case, you need to right away clean the surface with a moist cloth, never with a tissue paper as its particles will only stick on the surface.

Rehydrate

If even after cleaning the gel surface, the electrodes still won’t adhere, they probably need rehydration. All reusable electrodes can be rehydrated. You can rehydrate the electrodes by adding a small drop of water on the gel surface and spreading the moisture using a fingertip. Avoid placing the electrode directly under the faucet as this causes the electrode to absorb too much moisture leading to oversaturation. You can try repeating the aforementioned steps until the desired tackiness is achieved.

By following the tips mentioned above, you can save money and time by using your TENS unit replacement pads repetitively.

Syrtenty®: The Best TENS Unit Replacement Pads

There are some TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units that come with free electrodes. Yet, it’s not a guarantee that these electrodes are of prime quality. The common complaints among the users include the poor adhesiveness of the electrodes and at times, there are some people who develop rashes on the spots where the electrodes have been placed. Choosing electrodes for TENS unit isn’t an exact science. Kudos to this person who has a story to tell on how she was able to find just the right electrodes as you may learn from her own experience with other types of electrodes.

Satisfied user “SDM” has encountered trouble finding TENS unit replacement pads before she finally stumbled upon Syrtenty® electrodes. The original electrodes included in the TENS unit that she bought, according to SDM, were very flimsy. Sticking them on her skin always tests her patience. She feels that purchasing Syrtenty® electrodes was among the best decisions she’s ever made as she’s not only happy that the electrodes stick well, but the company also has an amazing customer service. She’s also surprised that the Syrtenty® electrodes were individually placed in their bags, unlike the others that just tossed the electrodes in one bag without any labels.

Syrtenty® TENS unit replacement pads, on the other hand, are neatly and separately packed with labels stating their respective expiration dates. She was even more pleased when she received an email from the company about some instructions on how to use the electrodes. According to her, it’s hard to find a company that cares about their customers like Syrtenty® does and she highly recommends the company and the electrodes.

If you also have the same problems with your electrodes, there’s certainly no harm in giving Syrtenty® a try. Your satisfaction is a hundred percent guaranteed. You don’t have to deal with flimsy, irritating electrodes anymore. You’re also assured that the electrodes work with majority of TENS devices, plus these will be delivered straight to your home incredibly fast. Indeed, Syrtenty® TENS unit replacement pads has quality you can trust.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Syrtenty® TENS Replacement Pads

Without the electrode pads, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine alone cannot do its job. These electrodes are considered to be the continuing cost for using a TENS unit. It is highly recommended that you purchase electrodes using insurance, so the company will purchase the replacement pads for you at their own expense. Nonetheless, if you don’t have any insurance, there are some tips on how you can prolong the lifespan of your TENS unit replacement pads.

Proper Removal

There are many factors that may lead to the early demise of your TENS unit replacement pads. The lack of knowledge on how to handle them properly could be one. Some people will just carelessly tug the electrodes on the wire which may, more often than not, damage the electrodes. The proper way of removing the electrodes is through slightly bending them on the corners. Syrtenty® electrodes are pre-gelled and it’s suggested that you rub across the electrode in an upward fashion to help loosen the gel. You may grasp the electrode on the edge and peel from its liner once the gel is loosened.

Electrode Rotation

Some electrodes may not last that long especially when used for longer periods in a warm, humid environment due to oversaturation. By rotating them every 4 to 6 hours, you help extend the life of the electrodes. You can tell if the electrodes are already oversaturated when they don’t stick well anymore. Then, you would have to rehydrate or replace them.

Electrode Rehydration

On the other hand, if the electrodes don’t stick well due to lack of moisture, you may add a drop of water on the gel surface. Rub and spread the water using your index finger until it has mixed with the gel. Try sticking them and continue rehydrating the electrodes until the desired adhesion property is achieved.

Proper Storage

The electrodes must be air dried right after using to remove the extra moisture. They must also be placed back in their plastic liners and stored in a cool, dry place.

Keep in mind that buying replacements for your TENS units electrodes is an additional cost. Better yet, follow the aforementioned tips to save money and time.