Tips For Using Tens Therapy For Sciatica Pain
Tens therapy for sciatica pain is a natural solution to pain that can be very severe at times.
Sciatica pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. Tens therapy for sciatica pain works by blocking the pain signals from your sciatica area to your brain.
Sciatica pain can feel like an aching, stinging, burning or even a numbing sensation. When the sciatic nerve is under pressure, simple things like sitting, coughing and even sneezing can be painful.
How can you tell if you have sciatica pain?
- If you have consistent pain in just one side of your leg or buttock
- If the pain is worse when sitting
- The pain can feel like your leg has gone numb, like it’s tingling or it can even feel like it’s burning.
- You’ll notice numbness and difficulty moving your leg when it gets really painful
- You may even have trouble standing after being seated for a while.
How to use your Tens machine for sciatica pain?
The most important thing about Tens therapy for sciatica pain is the placement of the electrodes. Without strategic positioning, you run the risk of developing a resistance to how effective the Tens treatment is.
Your sciatica nerve is located near your buttocks, around the back of your thigh. Placing the electrodes around this area is an effective way to interrupt the pain signals from reaching your brain.
Most people’s natural reaction is to place the electrodes directly on the area where they are having pain. This is a good idea for when you have severe pain, but if you do this too often, you’ll quickly develop a resistance to how well Tens therapy for sciatica pain works.
Try placing the electrodes on your lower back for this type of pain. Ideally, you should have 4 electrodes so you can be flexible with the placement. This is a technique that works well when using Tens therapy for arthritis pain.
2 electrodes on your lower back and 2 near your hamstring area are good starting areas for this type of pain.
You can also place 2 electrodes vertically on the back of your thigh and the other 2 near your hip area.
If you only have 2 electrodes to work with, then placement becomes even more important. You can place one electrode near where you’re having pain and place the other higher up on your lower back.
It’s important to remember that electricity always takes the shortest path to reach its destination. If you only have 2 electrodes place one at the pain site and place the other somewhere between the pain site and your brain so the electricity can catch pain signals.
Timing your Tens Therapy sessions
Remember your goal is to get the electrodes to interrupt the pain signals from reaching your brain.
15 – 20 minutes is the recommended time for a Tens therapy session. Any longer and you run the risk of overuse, which causes your body to get used Tens therapy, and the pain will return.
Remember to move the electrodes around when using Tens therapy for sciatica pain.
A lot of people find that Tens therapy works a little bit for them, but eventually, it stops working at all. Overuse in one area is almost always the cause of this.
Be strategic in the placement of the electrodes and don’t be afraid to buy more electrodes so you have more placement options.
Here’s how you can use Tens therapy for back pain relief.